Jason-3 Critical to Understanding Rising Sea Levels: Interview with Project Scientist Josh Willis (Part 1)

The Jason-3 satellite undergoing final preparations for placement within a payload fairing for launch. Photo Credit: NASA

The Jason-3 satellite undergoing final preparations for placement within a payload fairing for launch atop a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket, currently scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 17 from Vandenberg AFB in southern CA. Photo Credit: NASA

On January 17, an Earth science spacecraft designed to measure the surface topography of our planet’s ocean is scheduled to […]

SpaceX Going for Offshore Barge Landings for Next Few Falcon-9 Launches

A SpaceX Falcon-9 v1.1 rocket conducted a successful full-duration 7-second static test fire at Vandenberg AFB on Jan. 11, paving the way for the Jason-3 satellite to be launched Jan. 17 at 10:42 a.m. PST (1:42 p.m. EST), at the opening of a 30-second launch window. The booster will then attempt to land on an offshore autonomous barge, and the company intends to do so for their next several missions. Photo Credit: SpaceX

A SpaceX Falcon-9 v1.1 rocket conducted a successful full-duration, 7-second static test fire at Vandenberg AFB on Jan. 11, paving the way for the Jason-3 satellite to be launched Jan. 17 at 10:42 a.m. PST (1:42 p.m. EST), at the opening of a 30-second launch window. The booster will then attempt to land on […]

Embry-Riddle Mobile Space Habitat Enables Students to Conduct Research and Experiments in Extreme Environments

The Mobile Extreme Environment Research Station (MEERS) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach is a student-run project made out of a 1976 Airstream trailer. Photo Credit: Talia Landman / AmericaSpace

The Mobile Extreme Environment Research Station (MEERS) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach is a student-run project made out of a 1976 Airstream trailer. Photo Credit: Talia Landman / AmericaSpace

A student-run project at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), in Daytona Beach, is in the early stages of becoming an advanced space habitat simulator […]

SpaceX Jason-3 First Stage Falcon Will Attempt ASDS Landing at Sea

SpaceX Falcon-9 first stage booster attempting to land on an offshore barge after launching the Dragon CRS-6 mission to the ISS for NASA in April 2015. Photo Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX has confirmed they will attempt to land their Falcon-9 first stage booster on one of two offshore barges after launching the Jason-3 satellite from Vandenberg AFB in Southern California, currently scheduled to launch No-Earlier-Than (NET) Jan. 17. Photo Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX has confirmed they will attempt to land their Falcon-9 first stage booster […]

Dawn Spacecraft Begins Extensive Study of Dwarf Planet Ceres from Lowest Orbit

Artist's conception of Dawn orbiting Ceres. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Artist’s conception of Dawn orbiting Ceres. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Dawn spacecraft just recently entered its lowest and final orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, providing the closest look ever at the puzzling world. Dawn will, of course, be taking thousands more high-resolution photographs, but what else will it be doing during the remainder […]

2015 in Review: A Year of Spectacular Planetary Missions and Discoveries

High-resolution view of Pluto from New Horizons, showing rugged mountains and vast icy plains. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

High-resolution view of Pluto from New Horizons, showing rugged mountains and vast icy plains. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

To say that 2015 has been a great year for planetary exploration would be an understatement, with fantastic new discoveries from around the Solar System. From our first ever close-up look at Pluto and its moons, to […]

First High-Resolution Images Released of Ceres from Dawn's New Lowest Orbit

One of the first new images taken in Dawn's lowest orbit around Ceres, showing the crater chain called Gerber Catena. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

One of the first new images taken in Dawn’s lowest orbit around Ceres, showing the crater chain called Gerber Catena. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

NASA has released the first images of the dwarf planet Ceres from the Dawn spacecraft’s new lowest orbit. This is the closest view that Dawn will have of Ceres and its intriguing […]

NASA's InSight Mission to Mars Suspended Due to Vacuum Leak in Critical Seismometer Instrument

Artist’s conception of the InSight lander on Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Artist’s conception of the InSight lander on Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA officially announced at a media teleconference yesterday that the InSight mission to Mars has now been postponed, for at least two years, due to a leak in a seismometer instrument which cannot be repaired in time for the planned launch in March 2016. The […]

NASA's InSight Lander Arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Prepares for Launch to Mars

A crate containing the InSight lander is loaded onto a C-17 cargo aircraft at Buckley Air Force Base, Denver. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin

A crate containing the InSight lander is loaded onto a C-17 cargo aircraft at Buckley Air Force Base, Denver. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin

Update: Just after this article was published, it was announced that there may be a launch delay due to the problem with a vacuum leak in the seismometer instrument. Today, NASA […]

New 2016 NASA Budget Fully Funds Europa Mission, Including Lander

A view many have been waiting for - artist's concept of the surface of Europa. The new NASA budget brings this closer to reality, with funding for not only a flyby probe, but also a lander. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

A view many have been waiting for – artist’s concept of the surface of Europa. The new NASA budget brings this closer to reality, with funding for not only a flyby probe, but also a lander. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This was an exciting and very important week for NASA and planetary exploration: the new […]