'Fat as a Goose': 45 Years Since Apollo 14 (Part 2)

Bathed by the intense lunar sunlight, Antares sits on the undulating plain of Fra Mauro in February 1971. Photo Credit: NASA

Al Shepard (foreground) and Ed Mitchell, pictured in the Lunar Module (LM) simulator during training. Photo Credit: NASA

A few hours after leaving Earth on 31 January 1971—45 years ago, this week—Apollo 14 seemed a charmed mission-in-progress, providing a stark contrast with its immediate predecessor, the ill-fated Apollo 13. As outlined in yesterday’s AmericaSpace […]

'Almost Worth the Entire Trip': 45 Years Since Apollo 14 (Part 1)

Al Shepard, pictured at Fra Mauro during Apollo 14 in early 1971. This was the planned landing site for Apollo 13. Photo Credit: NASA

Al Shepard, pictured at Fra Mauro during Apollo 14 in early 1971. This was the planned landing site for Apollo 13. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty-five years ago, this week, the sixth team of Apollo lunar explorers—and only the third to accomplish a landing on the Moon’s dusty surface—headed back to Earth after a mission […]

Edgar Mitchell, Sixth Apollo Moonwalker, Dies at 85

Ed Mitchell, who died Thursday, 4 February 2016, aged 85. Photo Credit: NASA, with thanks to Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

Ed Mitchell, who died Thursday, 4 February 2016, aged 85. Photo Credit: NASA, with thanks to Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

Forty-five years to the week since he arrived in lunar orbit and subsequently became one of only 12 humans ever to leave his footprints in the dust of another world, Apollo 14 astronaut Ed Mitchell has […]

University Researchers and NASA Engineers Test Future Spacesuits for Mars Missions

University researchers and engineers from University of North Dakota test their NDX-1 spacesuit inside the regolith bin at the Swamp Works facility at NASA KSC. Photo Credit: NASA

University researchers and engineers from University of North Dakota test their NDX-1 spacesuit inside the regolith bin at the Swamp Works facility at NASA KSC. Photo Credit: NASA

Astronaut spacesuits have evolved to purpose a variety of tasks and missions since the historic flight of Alan Shepard in 1961. In the past, protective spacesuit […]

XPRIZE Gives Moon Express a GO for 2017 Launch to Land First Private Spacecraft on Moon

An artist illustration of the Moon Express MX-1 lunar lander on its mission to the moon. On December 8, 2015, Google Lunar XPRIZE officially verified the company's launch contract, paving the way for a moonshot by the end of 2017. Image Credit: Moon Express

An artist illustration of the Moon Express MX-1 lunar lander on its mission to the moon. On Dec. 8, 2015, Google Lunar XPRIZE officially verified the company’s launch contract, paving the way for a moonshot by the end of 2017. Image Credit: Moon Express

Teams from around the world have been competing to win […]

NASA Developing New 'Chemical Laptop' to Search for Evidence of Alien Life

The "Chemical Laptop" being designed by NASA to help search for evidence of alien life elsewhere in the Solar System. Photo Credit: NASA

The “Chemical Laptop” being designed by NASA to help search for evidence of alien life elsewhere in the Solar System. Photo Credit: NASA

One of NASA’s primary objectives, and the one which most excites the general public, is the search for evidence of life elsewhere, whether in our own Solar System or on some […]

A Moon Falling Apart: Grooves on Phobos Are a Sign of its Eventual Catastrophic Fate

The unusual grooves on Phobos' surface, such as those on the left side of this image, are now thought to be caused by tidal stress. The large crater Stickney is in the upper portion of the image. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

The unusual grooves on Phobos’ surface, such as those on the left side of this image, are now thought to be caused by tidal stress. The large crater Stickney is in the upper portion of the image. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

Phobos is the largest of Mars’ two tiny moons, but 50 million […]

Israeli Team Secures First Google Lunar XPRIZE Launch Contract for 2017 Moonshot on Falcon-9

An Illustration of SpaceIL’s New Spacecraft Design on the Moon. Image Credit: SpaceIL

An Illustration of SpaceIL’s New Spacecraft Design on the Moon. Image Credit: SpaceIL

Teams from around the world have been competing to win the global Google Lunar XPRIZE race to the moon for close to a decade, each building a privately-funded robotic spacecraft and mission to be the first to land on the lunar […]

Back to the Ice Giants: Proposed New Mission Would Re-Visit Uranus or Neptune (or Both!)

Uranus (left) and Neptune (right). These two ice giants and their many moons are awaiting further exploration. Image Credit: NASA

Uranus (left) and Neptune (right). These two ice giants and their many moons are awaiting further exploration. Image Credit: NASA

The outer Solar System has been a busy place lately, with the ongoing Cassini mission at Saturn and New Horizons’ recent spectacular flyby of Pluto. Literally in-between those two worlds, however, it has been […]

Two Years From Today: Get Ready For the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017

A total eclipse of the Sun, showing the Sun's atmosphere, or corona, stretching out, which is not normally visible during daylight. Photo Credit: Fred Espenak/NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

A total eclipse of the Sun, showing the Sun’s atmosphere, or corona, stretching out into space, which is not normally visible during daylight. Photo Credit: Fred Espenak/NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Exactly two years from today, on Aug. 21, 2017, a rare total solar eclipse will be seen again in the skies of the […]