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The Flight That Wasn't: 30 Years Since the Unflown Mission 51E (Part 1)

The “core” NASA crew of Mission 41F, scheduled for launch on 9 August 1984 for a seven-day flight. From left to right are Commander Karol “Bo” Bobko, Pilot Don Williams and Mission Specialists Dave Griggs, Rhea Seddon and Jeff Hoffman. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Thirty years ago, this week, the shuttle program […]

Three Days to 'Fight for Space': An Interview With Documentary Filmmaker Paul Hildebrandt

Fight for Space is a documentary film that explores the history of the US Space Program, the NASA budget, and the future. (Photo credit: Fight for Space)

Fight for Space is a documentary film that explores the history of the U.S. Space Program, the NASA budget, and the future. (Photo credit: Fight for Space)

Last week, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket soared into the clear night sky above Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The grumbling rocket […]

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. […]

Crowdfunding Campaign Aims to Launch Ambitious Lunar Science Mission

A recently launched crowdfunding campaign aims to finance the development of an ambitious and challenging lunar science mission, called “Lunar Mission One,” to the Moon’s south pole. The project’s backers hope that this will help kickstart a new era in lunar exploration, while creating a legacy for the way space missions are funded. Image […]

Inspiring a New Generation to Look at the Stars: 'Max Goes to the Space Station' and More Otherworldy Adventures on the ISS

The cover of Jeffrey Bennett’s recently published children’s book “Max Goes to the Space Station.” It will be read by the crew of Expedition 38 onboard the ISS as part of an educational outreach program called “Story Time from Space.” Image Credit: Jeffrey Bennett/Big Kid Science

“It is the birthright of every child, […]

Dnepr Prepares to Launch World Record 32 Satellites on Single Mission

The Space Head Module (SHM) is prepared for installation atop the Dnepr launch vehicle for the forthcoming flight of a record-breaking 32 satellites. Photo Credit: ISC Kosmotras

Three months after successfully lofting South Korea’s KOMPSAT-5 environmental monitoring satellite, Russia is primed to launch its next Dnepr rocket early Thursday, 21 November, carrying a record […]

Comet ISON Appears In Tact As it Plunges Toward Perihelion Next Month

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of Comet ISON on Oct. 9, 2013. The image suggests that the comet is intact, a good sign that it will survive perihelion next month when it dives to within one million miles of the Sun’s surface. Photo Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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The Mars Society Calls On Volunteers for 12-Month Simulated Mars Mission Next Year

The Mars Society is calling for additional volunteers for its 2014 Mars Arctic 365 mission at the FMARS facility (pictured above) in Devon Island, Canada. Photo Credit: The Mars Society.

The Mars Society, the world’s largest and most influential non-profit space advocacy organization dedicated to human exploration and settlement of Mars, has issued a call […]

A Most 'Egg-cellent' Competition: Space Florida and Kennedy Space Center Host 'Egg Drop'

Third graders from Lithia Springs Elementary show off their “Lithia Lynx Lander” at the Planetary Lander Egg Drop. Photo credit: Emily Carney/AmericaSpace.

DOVER, Fla — While it has been said, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” and “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch,” 233 Florida students opted to not take that advice […]

NASA Announces Challenges for the 2013 International Space Apps Challenge

Image Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — NASA and over 150 partner organizations worldwide will be hosting the International Space Apps Challenge on April 20-21, 2013. The International Space Apps Challenge is a technology development event during which citizens from around the world work together to solve challenges relevant to improving life on Earth and in space.

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