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'Miles and Miles and Miles': Opportunity Sets New Off-World Distance Milestone

Simulated image of Opportunity at work in Endurance crater. The “little Mars rover that could” recently surpassed a 41-year-old “off-world” distance record. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

Astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad famously quipped as he stepped upon the Moon’s surface, “Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small [step] for Neil [Armstrong], but that’s a long [...]

NASA Realigns Red Planet Armada to Reap Science Bonanza During Upcoming Comet Flyby and Protect Priceless Probes

This graphic depicts the orbit of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring as it swings around the Sun in 2014. On Oct. 19, 2014, the comet will have a very close pass at Mars. Its nucleus will miss Mars by about 82,000 miles (132,000 kilometers). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Earth’s invasion fleet at Mars is about to [...]

Commentary: Forty-Five Years After Apollo 11—An Inspiration For the Future, or Just Another Anniversary (Part 3)

Like a bright ladder reaching the heavens, the Apollo 11 Saturn V is bathed in spotlight on launchpad 39A. Forty-five years ago this week, the first humans climbed it to the Moon. Image Credit: NASA

When the history of our galaxy is written, and for all any of us know it may already [...]

ESA's IXV Spaceplane Readied for November Flight, While US Spaceplanes Pass Milestones

From the European Space Agency (ESA): “[The IXV] will be launched by ESA in 2014 on Vega, Europe’s new small launcher, into a suborbital path, from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. After being launched into space, IXV will return to Earth as if from a low-orbit mission, testing brand-new European atmospheric reentry technologies during [...]

Commentary: Forty-Five Years After Apollo 11—An Inspiration For the Future, or Just Another Anniversary? (Part 2)

New York City welcomes the crew of Apollo 11 during a ticker tape parade in August 1969, a couple of weeks after the astronauts’ return to Earth. In the aftermath of Apollo 11′s landing on the Moon, public interest toward the space program waned and quickly evaporated. Image Credit: NASA

“What was it we [...]

Curiosity Discovers First Meteorites on Mars - And they are Huge and Made of Heavy Metal

NASA’s Curiosity rover found this iron meteorite called “Lebanon” while driving across Mars on May 25, 2014. This mosaic combines imagery from the ChemCam and Mastcam instruments. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL/CNES/IRAP/LPGNantes/CNRS/IAS/MSSS See our meteorite mosaics below

Heralding another notable achievement, NASA’s industrious rover Curiosity has simultaneously discovered her 1st meteorites on the Red Planet. NASA has [...]

Commentary: Forty-Five Years After Apollo 11—An Inspiration For the Future, or Just Another Anniversary? (Part 1)

Artist’s concept image of a boot print on the Moon and on Mars. This week marks the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11′s landing on the Moon, in 20 July 1969. Will this anniversary be celebrated as just another historical event ever-receding further into the past, or as a source of inspiration for future achievements [...]

Riding on Interstellar Winds: New Solar Outburst Confirms NASA's Voyager 1 Spacecraft Has Exited Heliosphere

Recent measurements of plasma waves at the vicinity of Voyager 1 confirm previous results which showed that the spacecraft has exited the heliosphere and entered interstellar space. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

“Sailors on a becalmed sea, we sense the stirring of a breeze.”

— Carl Sagan, “Pale Blue Dot” (1994)

 

In the last couple [...]

Propulsion Issues Put Plans for 'Vintage' ISEE-3 Spacecraft on Ice

From the ISEE-3 Reboot Project: “An artist’s rendering depicts the satellite ISEE-3/ICE during its planned lunar fly-by in August 2014.” Image Credit: Mark Maxwell/ISEE-3 Reboot Project

While the spacecraft may have been frozen in time, the excitement over its reawakening was brand new.

But the effort to re-purpose the long-dormant International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 (ISEE-3) [...]

Curiosity Celebrates One Martian Year on Mars, Roves Outside Landing Ellipse

1 Martian Year on Mars! Curiosity treks to Mount Sharp in this photo mosaic view captured on Sol 669, June 24, 2014, the day the rover celebrated one Martian year since touchdown on the Red Planet. Navcam camera raw images stitched and colorized. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Marco Di Lorenzo/Ken Kremer – kenkremer.com

NASA’s intrepid rover Curiosity [...]