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

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NASA’s Upcoming SMAP Mission Critical to Understanding Earth’s Soil Moisture Influence on Weather and Climate

NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission will produce high-resolution global maps of soil moisture to track water availability around our planet and guide policy decisions.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission will produce high-resolution global maps of soil moisture to track water availability around our planet and guide policy decisions. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Five new earth science missions launched in the last 12 months will wrap up with liftoff of NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission at the […]

SpaceX Poised for Next Space Station Launch Attempt Early Saturday Morning

The SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket tasked with launching Dragon on the company’s fifth contracted ISS resupply mission for NASA, standing tall at SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral AFS in Florida. Launch is scheduled for 4:47 a.m. EST Saturday morning, Jan. 10, 2015. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / John Studwell

SpaceX is poised to try igniting their Falcon-9 […]

US Government Accountability Office Denies SNC's Commercial Crew Award Protest

SNC’s Dream Chaser test vehicle under construction. Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)

Last year, NASA made what was arguably the biggest decision the agency has faced since retiring the country’s 30-year space shuttle program: selecting commercial providers to return human spaceflight capability back to the United States and bringing an end our total dependance on […]

New Years Celebrations, Dragon CRS-5 Preps, and Ongoing Research Highlight Busy Week On Orbit

The Expedition 42 crew celebrate New Year’s Eve on the International Space Station. Photo Credit: Terry Virts / NASA (@AstroTerry via Twitter)

SPACE STATION WEEKLY UPDATE Dec. 29, 2014 – Jan. 4, 2015: This week, a busy work schedule on the International Space Station (ISS) was placed on hold briefly to allow the crew […]

ATK Schedules First Full-Scale SLS Booster Qualification Motor Test Fire for March 2015

File photo of a five-segment ATK solid rocket booster on the company’s test stand in Promontory, Utah. The 154-foot booster, which is in development for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), will produce heat two-thirds the temperature of the Sun, and its 12-foot-diameter cylinder will deliver 3.6 million pounds of thrust when the rocket ignites. […]

NASA JPL Gecko-Inspired Gripping Technology Performs Tests in Microgravity

A grappling tool developed by researchers at NASA JPL uses switchable adhesives to grapple non-cooperative objects in microgravity. Photo Credit: NASA

More than 500,000 pieces of space debris orbit Earth, traveling at speeds up to 175,000 mph. A small piece of space debris traveling at these velocities could significantly damage a spacecraft or a […]

Spacewalk Preps, Science, and Robonaut Keep Expedition 42 Busy Ahead of Christmas Holiday

NASA Astronaut Terry Virts with Robonaut-2. Photo: NASA

The International Space Station Expedition 42 crew were hard at work last week on a variety of robotics and research tasks, along with preparation for a rescheduled cargo delivery and future spacewalks. Work on scientific studies about fruit fly immune systems, microbial growth, and cyclone […]

NASA’s Orion EFT-1 Spacecraft Returns Home to Kennedy Space Center

NASA’s Orion Crew Capsule back home at KSC after carrying out the EFT-1 mission just a couple weeks prior. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is back home after making its way cross-country from California to the east coast of Florida after a successful experimental test flight, EFT-1, which took place […]

NASA’s Fermi Mission Provides More Insight on Thunderstorm Gamma Rays

New research merging Fermi data with information from ground-based radar and lightning networks shows that terrestrial gamma-ray flashes arise from an unexpected diversity of storms and may be more common than currently thought. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Gamma rays make up a considerable amount of the cosmos. They can be emitted from […]

Orbital Contracts Russian RD-181 Engines to Launch Future Antares Flights

Orbital will employ Russian RD-181 engines to replace the failed AJ-26 engines which led to the total loss of the company’s Orb-3 ISS resupply mission for NASA in Oct. 2014. Photo Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation

When an Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff on the company’s third contracted NASA resupply flight […]