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Proposals Sought for Two NASA Space Telescopes

Two space telescopes given to NASA by the National Reconnaissance Office, both of which have characteristics similar to the Hubble Space Telescope (seen here), are being opened up for proposals for innovative uses. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA is looking into a variety of potential uses for two of the space agency’s space-based telescopes. The [...]

Curiosity Images Mt. Sharp And Its Own Descent

Mount Sharp, the ultimate objective for the Mars Science Laboratory Mission is imaged at ground level by the rover Curiosity. The rover’s shadow looms at mid scene. Image Credit: NASA JPL

The rover Curiosity is beginning to transmit an increasingly detailed string of images from its Sky Crane Mars Descent Imager MARDI camera from [...]

Curiosity’s Martian Descent, 7 Minutes Of U. S. Space Excellence

This graphic highlights what is known as the “seven minutes of terror” – the period where Curiosity is on its own as it goes through the most dangerous part of its mission. Image Credit: Max-Q Entertainment

Nearly 154 million mi. from Earth, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover Curiosity is poised to meld the [...]

Clues To Life On Mars Beckon America’s Curiosity Rover

AmericaSpace and The Mars Society are starting their coverage of the arrival of the Mars Science Laboratory rover “Curiosity” with this article detailing the rover’s suite of scientific instruments. Image Credit: Max-Q Entertainment

Like a scientific commando lowered from  a rocket powered hovercraft into a dangerous landing zone 154 million mi. from Earth,  the [...]

First Look: China’s Big New Rockets

Images illustrate the diversity of activity under China’s heavy lift rocket program.Top graphic depicts a Long March 5 mission with liquid booster and satellite separation. Chart highlights Long March 5 and Long March 9 vehicles, while a Long March 5 propellant tank is at right. Image Credit: CALT

Images from China’s new heavy rocket [...]

JPL Teams, Curiosity Set For Historic Martian Exploration

Successful landing of the 1 ton rover Curiosity with 10 instruments, including those on powerful turret at the end of the arm will begin multi year search for the building blocks of life on Mars if life ever existed there. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

The rover Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Flight Control and Science [...]

Mysterious NROL-15 Launched On Secret Delta IV Heavy

The 235 ft. tall 840 ton Delta IV Heavy carrying the top secret 21 ton National Reconnaissance Office NROL-15 spacecraft roars off Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral on nearly 2.4 million lbs. thrust from its three uprated oxygen/hydrogen RS-68A engines. The U. S. Air Force and NRO especially upgraded these three engines [...]

Chinese Crew Ends Landmark Mission

China's first woman astronaut emerges with big smile from Shenzhou 9 spacecraft. Photo Credit: Shanghai Daily. com

China’s Shenzhou 9 crew returned to Earth today after a 13 day mission that included the first Chinese piloted docking, the first flight of a female Chinese astronaut and the first Shenzhou crew to occupy a space [...]

Boeing's CST-100 Thruster Roars to Life

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne test fired one of the thrusters that will be used on Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft. Photo Credit: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne recently conducted a series of tests on a thruster that will one day be used on Boeing’s Commercial Space Transportation System-100 or CST-100 space taxi. The [...]

China Achieves Piloted Space Docking

Chinese astronaut Liu Wang, center who has just piloted China's first manual space docking joins raised hands with woman astronaut Liu Yang on right and mission commander Jing Haipeng out of site at top left. Photo Credit China Manned Flight Engineering

The Shenzhou 9 astronauts successfully piloted China’s first manual space docking June 24, [...]