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News Archive / Tagged: The Range

  • Pluto’s subsurface ocean may date back to planet’s formation

    Laurel KornfeldJune 29th, 2020

    Scientists who recently studied the detailed images of Pluto’s surface returned by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft in July 2015 have found evidence that the dwarf planet’s subsurface ocean may have been around since Pluto’s formation over four billion years ago.

  • New Horizons parallax experiment observes an alien sky

    Laurel KornfeldJune 14th, 2020

    NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, now over 4.3 billion miles (6.9 billion km) from Earth, successfully imaged two nearby stars displaced from the locations in the sky where they are seen from Earth in its April stellar parallax experiment.

  • President Trump delivers remarks after Demo-2 launch

    Michael McCabeJune 6th, 2020

        President Donald J. Trump gave a speech inside of NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building after the successful launch of astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.

  • SOFIA data sheds new light on endurance of Pluto’s atmosphere

    Laurel KornfeldJune 1st, 2020

    Data captured by the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), an airborne observatory that studied Pluto’s atmospheric hazes just two weeks before New Horizons‘ 2015 flyby, indicates the hazes in Pluto’s atmosphere are regularly replenished.

  • NASA researcher provides overview of science on the ISS

    Laurel KornfeldMay 29th, 2020

    Research conducted on board the International Space Station (ISS) encompasses numerous science fields, such as biology and biotechnology, human research, the physical sciences, technological demonstrations, Earth and space science, and public education, noted Brandon Redell of NASA’s ISS Integration Office at the Johnson Space Center.

  • Weather not favoring backup Demo-2 launch dates

    Patrick AttwellMay 28th, 2020

    Yesterday’s attempt to launch NASA’s and SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station was plagued by weather issues that ultimately caused the attempt to be scrubbed. There remains the potential for weather complicate Saturday’s and Sunday’s launch attempts.

  • Meet Crew Dragon: narrated tour of design features, design history

    Sean CostelloMay 26th, 2020

    Crew Dragon capsule, about to fly atop a Falcon 9 as part of the Demo-2 mission with two humans aboard, is a great advance in the field of spacecraft design.

  • SpaceX to test sun visors on Starlink satellites

    Matt HaskellMay 19th, 2020

    SpaceX will test sun visors on one of their Starlink satellites on their next launch, currently planned for early June.

  • Astronaut Douglas Hurley to serve as Demo-2 spacecraft commander

    Laurel KornfeldMay 8th, 2020

      NASA astronaut Douglas Gerald Hurley flew on the last crewed mission to launch from American soil 11 years ago, and fittingly, will serve as spacecraft commander of Crew Dragon Demo-2, the first crewed flight to resume launches from the US.

  • James Webb Space Telescope to unlock wonders of the Universe.

    Theresa CrossMay 8th, 2020

    The James Webb Space Telescope will work to further uncover the mysteries of the Universe after it launches in 2021 from the Guiana Space Center aboard an Ariane 5 rocket

  • Astronaut Bob Behnken will be one of two-person crew on Crew Dragon Demo-2 launch

    Laurel KornfeldMay 6th, 2020

    When NASA’s Crew Dragon Demo-2 launches astronauts from American soil for the first time since 2011, astronaut Robert L. “Bob” Behnken will ride on the spacecraft as the mission’s joint operations commander.

  • SpaceX completes final testing milestone before first crewed launch

    Matt HaskellMay 3rd, 2020

    SpaceX successfully completed its 27th test of the Mark 3 Parachute for the Crew Dragon capsule, fulfilling the final testing requirement for NASA certification and review of the parachute system. The test comes following several successful milestones, including January’s in flight Abort test.

  • Booster B1051 in port following Starlink-6 flight

    Theresa CrossApril 26th, 2020

    Booster B1051.4 returned to Port Canaveral on April 26, sailing into port slightly delayed relative to previous returns but looking good on the deck of the autonomous drone ship, Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY).

  • 30 years since the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope

    Theresa CrossApril 24th, 2020

    Thirty years ago today, the Hubble Space Telescope took to the skies aboard STS-31 and Space Shuttle Discovery.

  • New Horizons conducts parallax experiment; team searches for KBOs

    Laurel KornfeldApril 24th, 2020

    More than five billion miles from Earth and over 14 years past launch, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is conducting an experiment measuring the distance to two nearby stars while mission scientists are using Earth-based telescopes to search for new Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) for the spacecraft to study.