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  • Dust and ice from Saturn’s rings are falling on nearby moons

    Laurel KornfeldApril 1st, 2019

    Particles of dust and ice from Saturn's rings are falling onto five of the giant planet's tiny moons, all of which are located close to and even within the ring system.

  • First-ever laser communications terminal to be tested on the Moon

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 25th, 2017

    ATLAS Space Operations Inc., a company specializing in cloud-based satellite management and control services, has announced that it will test the first-ever laser communications terminal on the lunar surface. The company has recently signed a contract with Astrobotic Technology Inc., which could see their system fly to the Moon in late 2019.

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: The odyssey of Friendship 7

    Collin SkocikFebruary 20th, 2016

    On Feb. 20, 1962, John Glenn became the third American to go into space, and the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth, aboard the tiny Mercury capsule Friendship 7. The flight served as one of the first steps in the nation's space exploration journey.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Faith 7 – Saving the best for last

    Jason RhianMay 15th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — On this date in spaceflight history, May 15, 1963, the final flight of NASA’s Project Mercury got underway with a successful liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 14 in Florida. Officially named Mercury-Atlas 9, Mercury 7 astronaut Gordon Cooper, a major in the U.S. Air Force, rode the […]