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  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Pioneer 10, first to achieve escape velocity from the Solar System

    Heather SmithJune 13th, 2014

    On June 13, 1983, Pioneer 10 left the Solar System and began its journey into interstellar space after 30 years of flight. It succeeded as becoming the first spacecraft to survey Jupiter, Pioneer 10 became the first spacecraft to achieve escape velocity from the Solar System.

  • Threat posed to NASA centers by Climate Change – likely decades off

    Jason RhianMay 24th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — A recent report posted on the website Business Insider would have one believe that the launch sites at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the adjacent Kennedy Space Center along with other key NASA locations are in immediate danger by rising sea levels. The cause of this deluge is Global Warming, or as it […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Pioneer, mapping the surface of Venus

    Heather SmithMay 20th, 2014

    On this day in 1978, the Pioneer Venus 1 spacecraft launched from the Kennedy Space Center aboard an Atlas-Centaur rocket.

  • HEART FLIES experiment to use fruit flies to study effects of space flight on heart

    Rae Botsford EndMay 6th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Another winner of Space Florida’s ISS Research Competition, Project HEART FLIES (Heart Effect Analysis Research Team conducting Fly Investigations and Experiments in Spaceflight), was involved in the CRS-3 trip to the ISS, which launched on Friday, April 18 and berthed on Sunday, April 20.

  • CubeSats provide big opportunities in small packages

    James TuttenApril 26th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — On April 18, 2014 Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) launched one of the company’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rockets from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida. Perched atop was one of the NewSpace firm’s Dragon spacecraft. While much was made about the primary payload of scientific equipment, components, […]

  • Kepler Space Telescope discovers Earth-sized Planet in star’s habitable zone

    SpaceFlight InsiderApril 17th, 2014

    Today, astronomers working with the Kepler space telescope announced the discovery of the first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting within the habitable zone of its host star. A star’s habitable zone is the area around a star where the conditions would be ideal for liquid water to pool on the planet’s surface. Many factors contribute to a planet’s […]

  • FOR RENT: NASA/DLR SOFIA Boeing 747 flying observatory for $1 million a flight

    Jacques van OeneApril 3rd, 2014

    NASA made it public recently that the space agency will stop flying its Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Boeing 747 beginning with fiscal year 2015 (October 1, 2014). The reasons it gave for canceling the $1.1 billion telescope-equipped aircraft “Contributions to astronomical science will be significantly less than originally envisioned.”

  • NASA Administrator Bolden visits NASA Ames

    Jim SharkeyMarch 19th, 2014

    NASA Administrator Charles Bolden paid a visit to NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) on Monday, March 17. Bolden spoke at an all-hands meeting of center staff and toured laboratories conducting research at Ames.  The tour focused on robotics research currently being conducted aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and the development of NextGen Air Traffic […]

  • How Did Life Arise? Fuel Cells May Have Answers

    Press ReleaseMarch 15th, 2014

    How life arose from the toxic and inhospitable environment of our planet billions of years ago remains a deep mystery. Researchers have simulated the conditions of an early Earth in test tubes, even fashioning some of life’s basic ingredients. But how those ingredients assembled into living cells, and how life was first able to generate […]

  • NASA to discuss Earth science help for California drought

    Press ReleaseFebruary 25th, 2014

    NASA officials will participate in a media briefing at 9:30 a.m. PST Tuesday, Feb. 25 about the agency’s work to use its Earth observation assets to help the state of California better manage its water resources and monitor and respond to its ongoing drought.

  • NASA Observatory Selects Educator Teams for 2014 Science Flights

    Press ReleaseJanuary 10th, 2014

    NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, will become a flying classroom for teachers during research flights in the next few months.

  • NASA’s Fermi Makes First Gamma-ray Study of a Gravitational Lens

    Press ReleaseJanuary 9th, 2014

    An international team of astronomers, using NASA’s Fermi observatory, has made the first-ever gamma-ray measurements of a gravitational lens, a kind of natural telescope formed when a rare cosmic alignment allows the gravity of a massive object to bend and amplify light from a more distant source.

  • NASA selects contractors for facility construction at Ames

    Press ReleaseDecember 6th, 2013

    NASA has selected four California companies to perform facility construction and modifications at the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.

  • NASA SOFIA targets Comet ISON

    Jim SharkeyNovember 22nd, 2013

    NASA’s SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) recently made a flight to observe “targets of opportunity” including Comet ISON. The nearly 10 hour flight was SOFIA’s  second chance to study a comet, having previously observed Comet Hartley 2 in 2010.

  • NASA seeks American small business proposals for high tech R&D

    Press ReleaseNovember 17th, 2013

    To enable future space exploration while helping to seed viable commercial products and services here in America, NASA is seeking proposals for the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.