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Next Launch MAVEN on a Atlas V 401 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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18 Nov 13 18:28:00 GMT
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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

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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 [...]

PHOTOS: One-of-a-Kind Heat Shield Installed on NASA's Orion Spacecraft for December EFT-1 Flight

Lockheed Martin technicians and engineers attach the heat shield to the Orion crew module inside the Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Technicians have installed more than 200 instrumentation sensors on the heat shield for Exploration Flight Test-1 to provide data about the heat shield’s ability to [...]

Project Morpheus Concludes Successful Flight Test Campaign With Spectacular Night Launch

The Morpheus prototype planetary lander takes flight under cover of darkness for Free Flight 14 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on May 28, 2014. Photo Credit: NASA

At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, at the northern edge of the former space shuttle landing facility, is an area that looks very much like the [...]

Of Alien Life and Intelligence: The Limits of Perception (Part 1)

The Very Large Array of radiotelescopes in Socorro, N.M. Radiotelescopes are being used for more than half a century in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Is this means of communication also employed by other intelligent civilisations, and, if so, could we understand and perceive their presence? Image courtesy of NRAO/AUI and Photographer Kelly Gatlin; [...]

ESA's Venus Express Spacecraft Concludes Its Science Mission, Gets Ready to Plunge Into Venus' Infernal Atmosphere

ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft has recently completed its eight-year mission in orbit around Venus and is currently scheduled to conduct a series of aerobraking manoeuvres at the upper layers of the Venusian atmosphere, from 18 June to 11 July. Eventually, the spacecraft will plunge into the atmosphere and the mission will end. Image Credit: [...]

'Weaving Up the Freeway': The Triumph of Apollo 10 (Part 4)

One hundred and sixty thousand kilometres from home, this electrifying view of Earth from Apollo 10 reveals many of the lands around the Mediterranean, from whence “Western” civilisation arose. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty-five years ago this week, three astronauts circled the Moon. Their spacecraft had many of the provisions needed to execute a landing—a [...]

'We Didn’t Know the Questions': The Trials of Apollo 10 (Part 2)

 

Snoopy and Charlie Brown were everywhere in days surrounding Apollo 10. Photo Credit: NASA

Snoopy, the little black-and-white dog from the “Peanuts” comic strip, was everywhere in the days and hours leading up to the launch of Apollo 10. Forty-five years ago this week, he had become the mascot for a mission which [...]

'Somewhere Important to Go': The Need for Apollo 10 (Part 1)

Over the years, many have questioned the need for Apollo 10 and why it could not be retasked to perform a lunar landing. In reality, the mission was critical in clearing up many unknowns before a landing could go ahead. Photo Credit: NASA

In the annals of space history, few dates are more important [...]