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Next Launch MUOS-3 on a Atlas V 551 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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21 Jan 15 1:04:00 GMT
20 Jan 15 20:04:00 EST

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SMAP, Aquarius, and Our Planet’s Water Cycle: Another Step Forward in Solving Climate Puzzle

NASA JPL Earth Science Senior Research Scientist Dr. Simon Yueh has played an important role in several Earth Science missions, including the upcoming SMAP mission launching from Vandenberg AFB on Jan. 29. Photo Credit: Chris Howell / AmericaSpace

A meeting in two parts with NASA/JPL’s SMAP Project Scientist/Aquarius Project Scientist (scatterometer) Dr. […]

Instrument Suite for NOAA's GOES-R Satellite Installed, On Track for Spring 2016 Launch

The GOES-R Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) is installed onto the GOES-R spacecraft at Lockheed Martin in Littleton, Colo., on Oct. 13, 2014. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

The next in a fleet of United States’ geostationary weather satellites, tasked with providing continuous imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s Western Hemisphere, is now one big step closer […]

How Adaptable Humans Are: Looking Back at STS-72 (Part 2)

 

Grappled by Endeavour’s Remote Manipulator System (RMS) mechanical arm, the Japanese Space Flyer Unit (SFU) satellite is readied for installation in the payload bay. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Nineteen years ago, today, on 11 January 1996, Shuttle Endeavour and a six-man crew—Commander Brian Duffy, Pilot Brent Jett, and Mission Specialists Leroy […]

Living On the Edge: Life Under the Ice (Part 1)

After drilling through the 800-meter-thick ice sheet that covers subglacial Lake Whillans in western Antarctica, a U.S. research team discovered a thriving microbial ecosystem on the lake floor that hasn’t been reached by sunlight possibly for up to a million years. The image shows the view down the bore hole as the drill melted […]

First Private Dream Chaser Construction Pace Accelerates Toward 2016 Maiden Blastoff: One-on-One Interview With SNC VP Mark Sirangelo (Part 2)

SNC’s Commercial Dream Chaser atmospheric test vehicle under construction. Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)

Construction of the first commercial Dream Chaser space plane that will propel Americans back to space from American soil is well underway and accelerating to insure “its ready for the first launch in November 2016,” Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president […]

NASA 'Hawks' Keep Eye on Hurricanes

How does NASA keep an eye on hurricanes that threaten the U.S.? Via high-tech “Hawks” circling high overhead! Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace

I was given the opportunity to visit one of the hangars at Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) to review NASA’s Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that are stationed there. My […]

Aerojet Rocketdyne Delivers Flight Solar Electric Propulsion Thrusters for NASA and NOAA’s GOES-R Spacecraft

Image Credit: GOES-R, NASA and NOAA

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, announced today that it has shipped the first set of four Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) thrusters for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R).

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Suomi NPP Satellite Captures Stunning Images of Earth

Earth at night, as seen by the NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/NOAA NGDC

The images that NASA produces of deep space objects are always incredible. In this case, however, a spacecraft jointly operated by NASA and its sister organization, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has captured an image […]

NASA/NOAA Captures Stunning Images of Hurricane Sandy

Image Credit: NASA/Suomi NPP

NASA and NOAA’s fleet of orbiting spacecraft have been tracking the super hurricane Sandy from space. Images have been beamed back to Earth and what they have shown is a storm that has followed the worst predictions of meteorologists on its way into the history books.

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Another Piece of Shuttle History Leaving Cape Canaveral

NASA has entered into an agreement with the Transportation Department’s Maritime Administration to be used to train midshipmen. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studios

One of the iconic ships that ferried the space shuttle’s solid rocket boosters (SRBs) back to shore after they splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean – will be […]