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‘A Big Mental Switch': The Maiden Voyage of Endeavour (Part 2)

Two decades have passed since Endeavour’s maiden voyage; a voyage which set record after record in terms of EVA, accomplishment and astronaut endurance, including the first (and so far only) three-person spacewalk. She continued to set records for the rest of her operational life. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty-two years ago, on 7 May 1992, the […]

Hubble Telescope Sees Further Back In Time Than Ever Before

This new image of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) 2012 campaign reveals a previously unseen population of seven faraway galaxies, which are observed as they appeared in a period 350 million to 600 million years after the big bang. Credit: NASA, ESA, R. Ellis (Caltech), and the UDF 2012 Team

This new image of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) 2012 campaign reveals a previously unseen population of seven faraway galaxies, which are observed as they appeared in a period 350 million to 600 million years after the big bang. Credit: NASA, ESA, R. Ellis (Caltech), and the UDF 2012 Team

Astronomers using the […]

For All Spiderkind, NASA Spidernaut Nefertiti Dies At Smithsonian

Nefertiti, the "Spidernaut", died earlier this week of natural causes at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's Insect Zoo. Photo Credit: Smithsonian

Nefertiti, the “Spidernaut,” died earlier this week of natural causes at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Insect Zoo. Photo Credit: Smithsonian

It’s not everyday an insect can claim to have accomplished more in its short life than many people, but Nefertiti was an exception. The red-back jumping spider, nicknamed the “Spidernaut,” traveled […]

Giant Martian Dust Storm Grows, Shrinks, Fails to Bother Rovers

On Nov. 10 the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, using its Mars Color Imager instrument, observed a dust storm forming in the Utopia Planitia region. The storm quickly grew to a size of about 10.4 km², ultimately moving into the southern hemisphere reaching as far south as Promethei before weakening and becoming confined the the Hellas […]

One Year To Launch: MAVEN Spacecraft Prepares For NASA's Next Mars Mission

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission is part of NASA's Mars Scout program. Set to launch in 2013, the mission will explore the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind, giving insight into the history of Mars' atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability. Image Credit: Corby Waste/NASA JPL

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission is part of NASA’s Mars Scout program. Set to launch in 2013, the mission will explore the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere and its interactions with the sun and solar wind, giving insight into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability. Image […]

Hubble And Spitzer Telescopes Combine Efforts To Discover Most Distant Object Ever Seen

The newly discovered galaxy, named MACS0647-JD, is very young and only a tiny fraction of the size of our Milky Way. The object is observed 420 million years after the big bang. The inset at left shows a close-up of the young dwarf galaxy. This image is a composite taken with Hubble's WFC 3 and ACS on Oct. 5 and Nov. 29, 2011. Photo Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Postman and D. Coe (STScI) and CLASH Team.

The newly discovered galaxy, named MACS0647-JD, is very young and only a tiny fraction of the size of our Milky Way. The object is observed 420 million years after the big bang. The inset at left shows a close-up of the young dwarf galaxy. This image is a composite taken with Hubble’s WFC 3 […]

Retired NASA Astronaut Mark Kelly Addresses The Man Who Tried To Murder His Wife

Retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly and his wife, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Photo Credit: Gabrielle Giffords’ office

Jared Lee Loughner, the man who killed six people in cold blood and tried to assassinate former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was given seven consecutive life prison sentences without parole at a hearing last Thursday in Tucson, […]

Is Mars Geologically Active?

Global view of Mars as seen by the Viking 1 orbiter in 1980, showing the Valles Marineris (center). Photo Credit: NASA

A paper in an upcoming special Mars-based issue of the planetary science journal Icarus has examined the small polygonal structures that cover large regions of northern Mars. The paper, by J. Korteniemi and […]

Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey - the Final Journey

Atlantis being moved earlier.Photo Credit Blue Sawtooth Studio / Julian Leek

Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey is the name of the event held to commemorate the move of Space Shuttle Atlantis from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to its final destination at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where she will be displayed in […]

SpaceX's Florida Director of Mission Assurance Leaves Company

Scott Henderson (right) during one of the many tours he assisted AmericaSpace in conducting. Henderson has left SpaceX for a position with Raytheon. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) Scott Henderson, who joined the NewSpace firm in 2009 and served as the company’s director of mission […]