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Dust in the (Interstellar) Wind: Seven Particles of Possible Interstellar Origin Identified in Samples Returned by NASA's Stardust Spacecraft

A team of researchers has identified seven dust particles that were returned to Earth in 2006 by NASA’s Stardust spacecraft, which might have originated in the interstellar medium. This false-color image shows a diffraction pattern created by one of these particles, named Orion. Image Credit: Zack Gainsforth

Following a preliminary analysis of the dust [...]

The Improbable Case of the High-Energy Novae: NASA's Fermi Space Telescope Detects New Gamma Ray Sources

Novae typically originate in binary systems containing Sun-like stars, as shown in this artist’s rendering. NASA’s Fermi Space Telescope discovered that a nova in a system like this likely produces gamma rays (magenta) through collisions among multiple shock waves in the rapidly expanding shell of debris. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/S. Wiessinger

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ISEE-3 Makes Lunar Flyby, Waves 'Goodbye' Days Before Launch Anniversary

From the ISEE-3 Reboot Project: “An artist’s rendering depicts the satellite ISEE-3/ICE during its planned lunar fly-by in August 2014.” This past weekend, ISEE-3 made its flyby and waved “goodbye” to the Earth-Moon system. Image Credit: Mark Maxwell/ISEE-3 Reboot Project

Only a few days after one of its successors approached a comet in deep [...]

Aerojet Rocketdyne Completes CCiCap Work With Boeing's CST-100 Spacecraft

Aerojet Rocketdyne hot-fires a launch abort engine for Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. This week Aerojet announced they have fulfilled their commitment to Boeing for CCiCap. Photo Credit: Aerojet Rocketdyne

This week Aerojet Rocketdyne announced it has completed its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) commitment in support of Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST-100) [...]

ATK Completes Critical Design Review for Five-Segment SLS Rocket Booster

ATK’s five-segment solid rocket booster will power America’s new rocket, NASA’s Space Launch System, which is on track to launch in 2017. Photo Credit: PRNewsFoto/ATK

When NASA’s giant 320-foot-tall Space Launch System (SLS) rocket flies its first unmanned Orion/SLS flight test in 2017, one of the most noticeable—if not the most noticeable—characteristics of the launch [...]

To Navigate the Seas of the Sun: NASA's Solar Probe Plus Mission to the Nearest Star

Artist’s impression of NASA’s Solar Probe Plus spacecraft approaching the Sun. Set to launch in 2018, Solar Probe Plus will orbit our home star a total of 24 times while gradually approaching closer with each concecutive orbit, until it eventually achieves a minimum distance of 8.5 solar radii, or 3.7 million miles from the [...]

Juno Launched Three Years Ago (Aug. 5, 2011) on Five-Year Journey to Discover Jupiter’s Genesis

Juno three-year anniversary since blastoff on Aug. 5, 2011. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Story updated

It’s three down and two to go for NASA’s Jupiter-bound Juno probe, which marks a major milestone today, Aug. 5, celebrating its launch exactly three years ago—on Aug. 5, 2011—from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on a journey to discover [...]

Mars 2020 Rover Instrument Suite Chosen by NASA to Search for Past Life and Prepare for Human Explorers

NASA manager Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, outlines science instrument suite selected for NASA’s next generation 2020 Mars rover at media briefing held at NASA Headquarters on July 31, 2014. Credit: NASA

The advanced science payload package that will launch on NASA’s next car-sized rover to the Red Planet in [...]

NASA Extends SpaceX CCiCap Award Period Into 2015, Splits Up Company's Critical Design Review Milestone

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket is seen here on its maiden voyage on Sept. 29, 2013. Recently NASA granted SpaceX’s request to extend their CCiCap award period from August 2014 to March 2015, and split the company’s Milestone 13 Critical Design Review into four separate milestones. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher

NASA’s Commercial Crew integrated [...]

No Water, Please: The Case of the Surprisingly Dry 'Hot Jupiters'

This is an artistic illustration of the gas giant planet HD 209458b in the constellation Pegasus. The planet was recently studied by astronomers alongside two other similar extrasolar worlds, for their abundance in water. To the surprise of astronomers, they have found much less water vapor in the planets’ atmospheres than standard planet-formation models [...]