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Next Launch MUOS-3 on a Atlas V 551 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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21 Jan 15 1:04:00 GMT
20 Jan 15 20:04:00 EST

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Cape Canaveral's Surprise: Hangar R

U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Museum volunteer John Hilliard details the contents of Cape Canaveral’s Hangar R. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Most people that travel past Hangar R, located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida, don’t give the structure a second thought as they drive […]

NASA Telescopes Discover Strobe-Like Flashes In a Suspected Binary Protostar

Image Credit: Robert Gutermuth / UMass Amherst

PASADENA, Calif — Two of NASA’s great observatories, the Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, have teamed up to uncover a mysterious infant star that behaves like a strobe light.

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Canaveral's Hidden Treasure: The Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Public Tour

The United States Air Force offers a free tour to guests that encompasses some of the most historic locations at Cape Canaveral. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Jason Rhian

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – With the current economic reality, many planning vacations along Florida’s Space Coast are having to scale back their plans. It turns out […]

Opportunity Completes Cruise at Endeavour Crater

Opportunity has been studying the western rim of Endeavour Crater on Mars since the rover arrived there in August 2011. This crater spans 14 miles (22 kilometers) in diameter, or about the same area as the city of Seattle. This is more than 20 times wider than Victoria Crater, the largest impact crater that […]

Dawn Finds Hydrated Minerals on Surface of Vesta

Computer-generated graphic of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft in orbit around the asteroid Vesta. Image Credit: NASA/Caltech

Two weeks after leaving asteroid Vesta behind, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has revealed the presence of hydrated minerals on the surface of the tiny, pockmarked world. Although the space agency has been quick to stress that Dawn did not find […]

GRAIL Begins Extended Mission over the Moon

In this image, the mirror-image GRAIL spacecraft are readied for launch at the Astrotech facilities in Titusville, Florida. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian

The GRAIL spacecraft, Ebb and Flow, have begun their extended mission, and are now mapping the gravity field of the Moon and at half the altitude they were during the main mission.

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Kepler Finds a Real Life Tatooine

An artist’s impression of the binary system Kepler-47. Image Credit: NASA

Incredible discoveries from NASA’s Kepler space telescope just keep coming! This week, scientists found not one but two planets orbiting a binary star, that is, a pair or stars that orbit a point between them called a barycenter. Incredibly, one is even in […]

NASA Breathes New Life Into Reliable United Launch Alliance Workhorse

In this image a Delta II rocket thunders off of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex-17 in Florida. At the time this was thought to be the final flight of a Delta II. With this latest announcement however the Delta II will see at least three more missions – all from Vandenberg […]

ULA Reflects on 50th Launch Under EELV Program

With the upcoming flight Atlas V rocket, United Launch Alliance will mark the fiftieth liftoff under Expendable Launch Vehicle Program. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

The Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program began in the 1990s with the express purpose of guaranteeing access to orbit for Department of Defense and United States Air Force […]

A Step Closer to the Lunar Holy GRAIL

An artist's concept of the twin GRAIL spacecraft, Ebb and Flow, in action around the Moon. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MIT

We’re a little closer to unraveling the mysteries of the Moon. Last week, NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission finished the first phase of its mission a week early, enabling the space agency […]