NASA/JPL-Caltech image
Space

NASA targets May 2018 launch of Mars InSight mission

Posted March 9, 2016 by

NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to study the deep interior of Mars is targeting a new launch window that begins May 5, 2018, with a Mars landing scheduled for Nov. 26, 2018.

Full Story »

Space

NASA announces winning concepts to further its journey to Mars

Posted March 9, 2016 by

NASA has announced the winners of two challenges to create new concepts for construction and human habitation on future space exploration missions, including the agency’s journey to Mars. The Space Suit Textile Testing and In-Situ Materials Challenges, managed for NASA by NineSigma, launched in October 2015 under the umbrella of the NASA Tournament Lab, yielded…

Full Story »

Space

United Launch Alliance, Blue Origin partner with Air Force to develop new, all-American rocket engine

Posted March 2, 2016 by

United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin LLC, a privately-funded aerospace company owned by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, entered into a public-private partnership with the U.S. Air Force to develop a new rocket propulsion system to power Vulcan — ULA’s next-generation launch system. “While the RD-180 engine has been a remarkable success with more than 60…

Full Story »

astronautFeatured
Space

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly returns safely to Earth after one-year mission

Posted March 2, 2016 by

NASA astronaut and Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth March 1 after an historic 340-day mission aboard the International Space Station.

Full Story »

Army photograph by Dottie K. White
Space

Soldiers accept out-of-this-world mission aboard space station

Posted February 29, 2016 by Dottie K. White

Sending soldiers into space may seem unusual for an Army that conducts a large part of its missions on the ground, but during the next two years NASA's International Space Station will have at least one active duty or retired Army astronaut on board.

Full Story »

Space

SSL selected to provide design work for NASA JPL asteroid mission

Posted February 26, 2016 by

Space Systems Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, announced Feb. 25 that it has received a contract from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to conduct first phase design studies for a spacecraft that can travel to an asteroid, remove a boulder, and redirect it into a lunar orbit to prepare it for a visit by…

Full Story »

Space

NASA invites public to send artwork to an asteroid

Posted February 19, 2016 by

NASA is calling all space enthusiasts to send their artistic endeavors on a journey aboard NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. This will be the first U.S. mission to collect a sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth for study. OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to launch in September and travel…

Full Story »

NASA photograph
Space

Record number of Americans apply to #BeAnAstronaut at NASA

Posted February 19, 2016 by

More than 18,300 people applied to join NASA’s 2017 astronaut class, almost three times the number of applications received in 2012 for the most recent astronaut class, and far surpassing the previous record of 8,000 in 1978.

Full Story »

launch1
Space

NROL-45 launched from Vandenberg

Posted February 10, 2016 by Peter W. Merlin

A pillar of orange fire rose into star-spangled, velvet-black skies over Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in the predawn hours of Feb. 10, heralding the deployment of a new National Reconnaissance Office satellite.

Full Story »

NASA photograph by Chriss Gunn
Space

Space telescope primary mirror fully assembled

Posted February 5, 2016 by

The 18th and final primary mirror segment is installed on what will be the biggest and most powerful space telescope ever launched. The final mirror installation Feb. 3 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland marks an important milestone in the assembly of the agency's James Webb Space Telescope.

Full Story »


All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.