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27 Aug 14 4:50:00 GMT
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NASA's Van Allen Probes Going Strong After Two Years of Studying Earth's Radiation Belts

NASA’s Van Allen Probes orbit through two giant radiation belts surrounding Earth. In the time since launching two years ago the probes have discovered a third radiation belt, and other observations have helped explain how particles in the belts can be sped up to nearly the speed of light.Image Caption and Credit: NASA

It’s [...]

Passing the Torch: Twenty-Five Years After Voyager 2, New Horizons Crosses Neptune's Orbit On Its Way to Pluto

Artist’s concept of the New Horizons spacecraft during its planned encounter with Pluto and its moon Charon in 14 July 2015. New Horizons has just completed a major milestone in its mission by crossing the orbit of Neptune on Aug. 25, exactly a quarter-of-a-century after Voyager 2 flew by the ice giant planet in [...]

Orion's Protective Shell of 970 Space Shuttle Thermal Tiles Installed for EFT-1 Mission

Inside the Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians dressed in clean-room suits install a back shell tile panel onto the Orion crew module. Photo Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

Things are moving forward nicely at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Operations and Checkout Building in Florida, where technicians with [...]

MAVEN's Half-Billion-Mile Journey to Mars Now 30 Days Out From Red Planet

An artist’s rendition of MAVEN at Mars. Image Credit: NASA / GSFC

The spacecraft tasked with carrying out NASA’s first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere is now just 30 days out from the Red Planet, having so far covered 405 million miles over the last nine months, as it quietly cruises the [...]

A Troubled Start to a Triumphant Mission: 37 Years Since the Launch of the Voyagers

Voyager 2 begins its journey of exploration, 37 years ago today (20 August), with a rousing liftoff atop a Titan IIIE-Centaur booster from Launch Complex (LC)-41 at Cape Canaveral. Photo Credit: NASA

A quarter-century ago, this week, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft became the first machine fashioned by human hands to travel close to the [...]

Dust in the (Interstellar) Wind: Seven Particles of Possible Interstellar Origin Identified in Samples Returned by NASA's Stardust Spacecraft

A team of researchers has identified seven dust particles that were returned to Earth in 2006 by NASA’s Stardust spacecraft, which might have originated in the interstellar medium. This false-color image shows a diffraction pattern created by one of these particles, named Orion. Image Credit: Zack Gainsforth

Following a preliminary analysis of the dust [...]

Commentary: Forty-Five Years After Apollo 11—An Inspiration For the Future, or Just Another Anniversary? (Part 1)

Artist’s concept image of a boot print on the Moon and on Mars. This week marks the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11′s landing on the Moon, in 20 July 1969. Will this anniversary be celebrated as just another historical event ever-receding further into the past, or as a source of inspiration for future achievements [...]

ESA's Rosetta Spacecraft Closes In on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Detects Huge Amounts of Water Outgassing

ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft, which is presently en route to the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, has detected that the comet’s nucleus outgasses huge amounts of water vapor each second, despite its current distance of approximately 3.7 Astronomical Units from the Sun. Image Credit: ESA

Being part of a natural thermoregulation process for all mammals, perspiration is the [...]

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 [...]

Less Than 100 Days From Mars: India's Far-Reaching Mission On Track for 24 September Arrival at Red Planet

Although less than 100 days remain before the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is scheduled to enter orbit around the Red Planet, the next three months are fraught with difficulty. Image Credit: ISRO

India’s goal of becoming only the fourth discrete nation or group of nations—after the United States, Russia, and the member states of [...]