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Orbital Sciences Awarded Contract to Launch Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) Mission

Artist’s concept of the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite. Orbital Sciences will launch ICON aboard a Pegasus XL launch vehicle from their “Stargazer” L-1011 aircraft in June, 2017. Image Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation

Orbital Sciences Corporation this week secured a $56.3 million firm-fixed price launch services contract to deliver the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) […]

NASA's SMAP Mission Arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Begins Final Preparations for Early 2015 Launch

Scheduled for launch in early 2015, NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive, or SMAP mission, will track Earth’s water into one of its last hiding places: the soil. SMAP soil moisture data will, among other things, aid in predictions of agricultural productivity, weather and climate. Image Credit: NASA

“Follow the water”: This theme has driven […]

NASA Partners With India for Future Earth Science and Mars Exploration Missions

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (left) and Chairman K. Radhakrishnan of the Indian Space Research Organisation signing documents in Toronto on Sept. 30, 2014, to launch a joint Earth-observing satellite mission and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars. Image and Caption Credit: NASA

Last week, at the International Astronautical Congress in […]

NASA's Van Allen Probes Going Strong After Two Years of Studying Earth's Radiation Belts

NASA’s Van Allen Probes orbit through two giant radiation belts surrounding Earth. In the time since launching two years ago, the probes have discovered a third radiation belt, and other observations have helped explain how particles in the belts can be sped up to nearly the speed of light.Image Caption and Credit: NASA

It’s […]

Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Spacecraft to Fly Through Earth’s Magnetic Reconnection Events for First 3-D Maps—NASA Administrator Bolden Visit

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden poses with the agency’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft, mission personnel, Goddard Center Director Chris Scolese, and NASA Associate Administrator John Grunsfeld, during a visit to the cleanroom at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., on May 12, 2014. Credit: Ken Kremer- kenkremer.com

NASA GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, MD […]

'We Have Arrived': The Marvels of Apollo 10 (Part 3)

Mission controllers anxiously watch the “transposition and docking” of lunar module Snoopy, four hours into the Apollo 10 mission. Photo Credit: NASA

Four hours after a bone-jarring launch from Cape Kennedy and an equally rattling ride through Trans-Lunar Injection, the crew of Apollo 10 were finally on their way to the Moon on the […]

'We Didn’t Know the Questions': The Trials of Apollo 10 (Part 2)

 

Snoopy and Charlie Brown were everywhere in days surrounding Apollo 10. Photo Credit: NASA

Snoopy, the little black-and-white dog from the “Peanuts” comic strip, was everywhere in the days and hours leading up to the launch of Apollo 10. Forty-five years ago this week, he had become the mascot for a mission which […]

NASA Awards Orbital Sciences Launch Services Contract for Hurricane-Forecasting CYGNSS Mission

The CYGNSS mission is comprised of eight Low-Earth Orbiting (LEO) spacecraft (S/C) that receive both direct (white lines) and reflected (blue lines) signals from GPS satellites. The direct signals pinpoint LEO S/C positions, while the reflected signals respond to ocean surface roughness, from which wind speed is retrieved. GPS bi-static scatterometry measures ocean surface winds at […]

Joint US-Japanese Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory to Hitch Thursday Ride Atop H-IIA Booster

 

From its 65-degree-inclination orbit, the GPM Core Observatory will monitor rainfall and snowfall from the Arctic to the Antarctic Circles, producing comprehensive data sets every 2-3 hours. Image Credit: NASA

An ambitious mission to monitor Earth’s precipitation levels in unparalleled depth is scheduled for launch from the Tanegashima Space Centre—situated on the Pacific […]

Dnepr Prepares to Launch World Record 32 Satellites on Single Mission

The Space Head Module (SHM) is prepared for installation atop the Dnepr launch vehicle for the forthcoming flight of a record-breaking 32 satellites. Photo Credit: ISC Kosmotras

Three months after successfully lofting South Korea’s KOMPSAT-5 environmental monitoring satellite, Russia is primed to launch its next Dnepr rocket early Thursday, 21 November, carrying a record […]