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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s ‘Then & Now’ Tour

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – Bill Blakeney knows a thing-or-two about the history of Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. As a “communicator” with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – he has to. Blakeney is one of the tour guides that work to inform the 1.2 million guests that visit [...]

NASA Spacecraft Returns First Video From Far Side Of The Moon

The twin GRAIL spacecraft will map the moon's gravity field in unprecedented detail, resulting in the most accurate gravity map of the moon ever made. The mission also will answer longstanding questions about Earth's moon, including the size of a possible inner core, and it should provide scientists with a better understanding of how Earth and other rocky planets in the solar system formed. Image Credit: NASA/JPL Caltech

The twin GRAIL spacecraft will map the moon's gravity field in unprecedented detail, resulting in the most accurate gravity map of the moon ever made. The mission also will answer longstanding questions about Earth's moon, including the size of a possible inner core, and it should provide scientists with a better understanding of how [...]

Opinion: Pratt Whitney: Smoke & Fire – Not Smoke & Mirrors

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has released this video detailing the company’s involvement in many successful launches last year. The video points out that while others were “talking” about launch - Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s engines have been launching. The point the firm makes is clear, while others have been releasing slick videos, PowerPoint presentations and promises about what [...]

Montana Students Submit Winning Names for NASA Lunar Spacecraft

Video Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — Twin NASA spacecraft that achieved orbit around the moon New  Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day have new names thanks to elementary students in Bozeman, Montana. Their winning entry, “Ebb and Flow,” was selected as part of a nation-wide school contest that began in October 2011.

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Team of Space Enthusiasts Develop Own Space Emblems and Patches

 

The team at Max-Q Entertainment has begun developing patches and logos for mission both real – and imagined. Image Credit: Max-Q

Space enthusiasts all have their different ways of expressing their fascination with the awe and wonder of spaceflight. For Nathan Moeller, Max-Q Entertainment’s lead graphics designer, he imagined that he was a [...]

NASA and Students to Announce New Names for Twin Lunar Probes

PASADENA, Calif. — NASA will host a news conference at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST), on Tuesday, Jan. 17, to announce the names selected from a nationwide student contest for twin spacecraft that will study the moon in unprecedented detail. The event will be held at NASA Headquarters in [...]

AmericaSpace to Develop “Legendary” Media, Education and News Resource

  

As AmericaSpace covered the end of the shuttle era, our core development team began thinking about the next evolutionary step of space-related media. As some of you have noted – we have been changing the look and feel of AmericaSpace – this has all been in preparation for something…Legendary. We’re not going to [...]

GRAIL Spacecraft Ring in New Year from Lunar Orbit

NASA's Gravity And Interior Laboratory or GRAIL spacecraft entered lunar orbit earlier today. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

In early September 2011 NASA launched their twin GRAIL spacecraft towards the moon to map it’s gravitational field in unprecedented detail, and December 31st saw GRAIL-A enter into a 56-mile by 5,197-mile high lunar orbit at 5pm EST [...]

GRAIL Spacecraft on Final Approach for Lunar Rendezvous

    

The mirror-image GRAIL spacecraft are set to arrive in lunar orbit on Dec. 31. The two spacecraft are scheduled to compile the most comprehensive gravitational map of the Moon starting in March, 2012. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/awaltersphoto.com

 The mirror-image GRAIL spacecraft are “number one” on the runway – at least in terms of [...]

GRAIL Will Use Gravity Data To Track Planetary Evolution

Colorful image of technician checking bottom side of solar panel shows internal components of spacecraft. Horn shaped feature at center is swiveling star tracker. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

Two identical NASA GRAIL spacecraft are about to dive under the south pole of the Moon to enter lunar polar orbit circling the Moon as low [...]