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Wolf V. Vishniac, The First Human to Walk on Mars

An image from one of the first interplanetary explorers, the Viking 2 lander. Dr. Wolf Vishniac was one of Viking’s team members, and he pioneered the search for life in alien worlds. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

He may not be a household name, but remember the name of Dr. Wolf V. Vishniac. A microbiologist by [...]

Hubble Discovers Two Potential KBO Targets for NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft, Follows Up With Additional Search

Discovery images of the two Kuiper Belt Objects named 1110113Y and 0720090F respectively, taken with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The image at left shows the first KBO at an estimated distance of approximately 4 billion miles from Earth. Its position noticeably shifts between exposures taken approximately 10 minutes apart. The image at right shows [...]

Orbital Sciences GO to Launch Next Space Station Resupply Mission July 11 After Engine Inspections Reveal No Issues

An Orbital Sciences Antares rocket launching on the company’s first contracted ISS resupply mission for NASA Jan. 16, 2014. Orbital’s next ISS resupply mission is now scheduled to fly NET July 11, 2014. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

Orbital Sciences Corp. today officially scheduled July 11 for the next launch of [...]

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne Complete Final Hot-Fire Tests on J-2X Engine, Move Forward to RS-25 Testing

J-2X Engine No. 10002 during its final 330-second hot-fire test on the A-1 test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in September 2013. NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have completed the J-2X hot-fire testing campaign earlier this year, with the last tests on engine No. 10003. Image Credit: NASA/Stennis Space Center

During his testimony before [...]

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Test Flight Hailed as a Success

From NASA: “MACH 4 TO PACIFIC: Two members of the Navy’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal team perch on the test vehicle used in the first flight of NASA’s Low-density Supersonic Decelerator project. The test vehicle was fished out of the waters of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range within hours of splashdown. During the June [...]

Orion EFT-1 Work Progressing Toward Dec. 4 Launch Attempt

Image Credit: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters / NASA / Kim Shiflett

NASA’s Orion spacecraft, the agency’s spacecraft of choice for deep space human exploration, is coming together nicely inside Kennedy Space Center’s historic Operations and Checkout Building in Florida, where the vehicle is currently being processed for its first spaceflight in less than six [...]

Aerojet Rocketdyne Completes Hot-Fire Tests of First Entirely 3D-Printed Rocket Engine: A Q&A With Jay Littles, Aerojet's Director of Advanced Launch Propulsion Programs

Aerojet Rocketdyne recently completed a series of hot-fire tests on its “Baby Bantam” liquid rocket demonstration engine (pictured above), which was entirely constructed with additive manufacturing processes, also known as 3-D printing. Image Credit: Aerojet Rocketdyne.

 

The advent of additive manufacturing technologies, better known as 3-D printing, has been an ongoing trend in industrial [...]

America’s Future Rocket Scientists: Student Research Experiments Thunder From NASA Wallops to Sniff Earth’s Atmosphere, Search for Extreme Life, and More

Blastoff of RockOn suborbital Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket carrying student-built research payloads from NASA’s beachside Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 7:21 a.m. EDT on June 26, 2014. Note birds fluttering at left. Credit: Ken Kremer – kenkremer.com/AmericaSpace See our launch videos and photos below

WALLOPS ISLAND, VA — Over 150 totally thrilled university students [...]

ATK Awarded Contract, Will Provide Solar Arrays for 2016 InSight Mission to Mars

From NASA: “This artist’s concept depicts the stationary NASA Mars lander known by the acronym InSight at work studying the interior of Mars.” The lander will be powered by ATK’s UltraFlex solar arrays. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

On Tuesday, June 24, Alliant Techsystems (ATK) announced that it received a contract from Lockheed Martin Space Systems [...]

NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Conducts Important Science During Several Flybys of Titan, Probes Its Enigmatic Seas

A view of the night side of Titan taken by the Cassini spacecraft, which captures the blue halo caused by a haze layer that hovers high in the moon’s atmosphere. The spacecraft conducted several flybys of the moon in recent months, during which it beamed a series of radio waves through its atmosphere, in [...]