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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 [...]

NASA Dawn’s Star Trek Adventure at Vesta

The Starship Enterprise of television and movie fame is the fictional analog to the real life NASA Dawn spacecraft in orbit around the protoplanet Vesta and about to head for Ceres.

In the classic television series “Star Trek” the star ship Enterprise powered by blue light beams, speeds from planet to planet orbiting different [...]

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 [...]

Kepler Researchers Release Catalog Of More Than 1000 New Planet Candidates

Artist's concept illustrates Kepler-16b, the first planet known to definitively orbit two stars -- what's called a circumbinary planet. The planet (foreground) was discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. Image Credit: NASA/JPL Caltech/T. Pyle

Artist's concept illustrates Kepler-16b, the first planet known to definitively orbit two stars — what's called a circumbinary planet. The planet (foreground) was discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. Image Credit: NASA/JPL Caltech/T. Pyle

NASA researchers involved with the Kepler mission to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars across the Milky Way Galaxy recently released [...]

AmericaSpace Launch Viewing Guide

An Atlas 5 rocket launches NASA's JUNO spacecraft to Jupiter, as viewed from Playalinda Beach. Photo Credit: Mike Killian

An Atlas 5 rocket launches NASA's JUNO spacecraft to Jupiter, as viewed from Playalinda Beach. Photo Credit: Mike Killian

When it comes to actually viewing rockets thunder off to orbit – few places can match Florida’s Space Coast. Miles of beautiful, scenic beaches stretch out as far as the eye can see and on [...]

NASA Spacecraft Obtains Most Stunning Images of Earth Since Apollo Program

North America and Central America are shown in extraordinary detail by instruments on board the new National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project, or NPP launched October 28 from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. The image scans from the arctic to southern Central America, all of Mexico and the United States. Photo Credit: NASA

The [...]

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 [...]