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  • SMAP poised to launch atop United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket

    SpaceFlight InsiderJanuary 28th, 2015

    NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory, able to produce the highest-resolution and most accurate maps of soil moisture ever obtained from space, is set to launch Thursday, Jan. 29, from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. 9:20 a.m. EST (1420 GMT) marks the beginning of a three minute launch window, […]

  • Is low-Earth-orbit the next commercial marketplace?

    SpaceFlight InsiderApril 30th, 2014

    The International Space Station (ISS) is the birthplace of new technologies and scientific breakthroughs – some only possible without the constraints of gravity. Since late 2000, there have been over 200 visitors (people, space crafts and even a robonaut) to the ISS. Despite being fourteen years old, the space station remains at the forefront of […]

  • 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 to hold asteroid initiative opportunities forum

    Press ReleaseFebruary 25th, 2014

    As the next step in advancing NASA’s asteroid initiative, the agency will host an Opportunities Forum March 26 at NASA Headquarters in Washington.