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Next Launch SMAP on a Delta II 7320 rocket from Vandenberg AFB, CA
scheduled for:
29 Jan 15 14:20:42 GMT
29 Jan 15 6:20:42 PST
29 Jan 15 9:20:42 Eastern

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Through the Lens: SpaceX's Fifth Dragon Resupply Launch to ISS in Stunning Imagery

LIFTOFF of SpaceX’s Falcon-9 booster Saturday morning, Jan. 10, 2015, kicking off the first U.S. launch of 2015 and the company’s fifth NASA-contracted Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

In the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, SpaceX kicked off the United States’ busy […]

Stennis Space Center Roars to Life With First NASA SLS Development Engine Test Fire

The first of eight tests for the SLS development engine, which will provide NASA engineers with critical data on the engine controller unit and inlet pressure conditions. Four RS-25 engines will power SLS on future missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately to Mars. Photo Credit: NASA

The new year has kicked off nicely […]

NASA’s Upcoming SMAP Mission Critical to Understanding Earth’s Soil Moisture Influence on Weather and Climate

NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission will produce high-resolution global maps of soil moisture to track water availability around our planet and guide policy decisions.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission will produce high-resolution global maps of soil moisture to track water availability around our planet and guide policy decisions. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Five new earth science missions launched in the last 12 months will wrap up with liftoff of NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission at the […]

SpaceX Poised for Next Space Station Launch Attempt Early Saturday Morning

The SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket tasked with launching Dragon on the company’s fifth contracted ISS resupply mission for NASA, standing tall at SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral AFS in Florida. Launch is scheduled for 4:47 a.m. EST Saturday morning, Jan. 10, 2015. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / John Studwell

SpaceX is poised to try igniting their Falcon-9 […]

New Years Celebrations, Dragon CRS-5 Preps, and Ongoing Research Highlight Busy Week On Orbit

The Expedition 42 crew celebrate New Year’s Eve on the International Space Station. Photo Credit: Terry Virts / NASA (@AstroTerry via Twitter)

SPACE STATION WEEKLY UPDATE Dec. 29, 2014 – Jan. 4, 2015: This week, a busy work schedule on the International Space Station (ISS) was placed on hold briefly to allow the crew […]

ATK Schedules First Full-Scale SLS Booster Qualification Motor Test Fire for March 2015

File photo of a five-segment ATK solid rocket booster on the company’s test stand in Promontory, Utah. The 154-foot booster, which is in development for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), will produce heat two-thirds the temperature of the Sun, and its 12-foot-diameter cylinder will deliver 3.6 million pounds of thrust when the rocket ignites. […]

NASA JPL Gecko-Inspired Gripping Technology Performs Tests in Microgravity

A grappling tool developed by researchers at NASA JPL uses switchable adhesives to grapple non-cooperative objects in microgravity. Photo Credit: NASA

More than 500,000 pieces of space debris orbit Earth, traveling at speeds up to 175,000 mph. A small piece of space debris traveling at these velocities could significantly damage a spacecraft or a […]

Spacewalk Preps, Science, and Robonaut Keep Expedition 42 Busy Ahead of Christmas Holiday

NASA Astronaut Terry Virts with Robonaut-2. Photo: NASA

The International Space Station Expedition 42 crew were hard at work last week on a variety of robotics and research tasks, along with preparation for a rescheduled cargo delivery and future spacewalks. Work on scientific studies about fruit fly immune systems, microbial growth, and cyclone […]

NASA’s Orion EFT-1 Spacecraft Returns Home to Kennedy Space Center

NASA’s Orion Crew Capsule back home at KSC after carrying out the EFT-1 mission just a couple weeks prior. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is back home after making its way cross-country from California to the east coast of Florida after a successful experimental test flight, EFT-1, which took place […]

NASA’s Fermi Mission Provides More Insight on Thunderstorm Gamma Rays

New research merging Fermi data with information from ground-based radar and lightning networks shows that terrestrial gamma-ray flashes arise from an unexpected diversity of storms and may be more common than currently thought. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Gamma rays make up a considerable amount of the cosmos. They can be emitted from […]