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Opinion: Which Way Toward the Red Planet? Current Plans for Mars Colonisation and the Need for Maturity

Artistic rendering of Mars, made from images taken with NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. Private space companies have announced plans for the colonisation of the Red Planet within the next decade. How close are those plans to becoming a reality? Image Credit: Kees Veenenbos/MOLA Science Team/NASA

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about [...]

Chasing the Dream of Suborbital Space Tourism: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two Successfully Conducts Third Powered Test Flight

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two—pictured here—recently conducted its third successful flight test in a row, reaching its highest altitude to date of 71,000 ft. Image Credit: Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic, the private space company that aims to become the first commercial spaceliner in the world, kicked 2014 into high gear with the third successful powered [...]

NASA Selects Innovative Technology Proposals for Suborbital Flights

Image Credit: NASA

NASA has selected for possible flight demonstration 10 proposals from six U.S. states for reusable, suborbital technology payloads and vehicle capability enhancements with the potential to revolutionize future space missions.

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Retro Space Images: Hoping for a Launch

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Zooming In: Photographers perched near Complex 17 have Alan Shepard’s Redstone rocket at Complex 5 in their viewfinders. A classic Chevrolet station wagon sits in the foreground. The attempted launch of the first American in space was scrubbed on this morning of May 2, 1961. The nation [...]

Rocket Launch Scheduled June 5 From Wallops

Launch visibility map for the CIBER launch. Image Credit: NASA

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va — A Black Brant XII suborbital rocket carrying the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment (CIBER) is scheduled for launch between 11 and 11:59 p.m. EDT, June 5, from NASA’s launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. 

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Onward to Sub-Orbit: Next RockOn Workshop Set for June

The Terrier-Orion—used to support the RockOn student program at Wallops—is an amalgam of a U.S. Navy surface-to-air missile and a NASA Orion sounding rocket. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA has invited university faculty staff and students interested in learning how to build scientific experiments for space missions to its RockOn 2013 annual workshop at the [...]

NASA Selects Experimental Commercial Suborbital Flight Payloads

Image Credit: NASA’s Commercial Space Partners

In yet another effort to strengthen ties with emerging commercial space companies, NASA has tapped 13 technology payloads to fly on commercial vehicles as part of its Flight Opportunities program. These range from rockets and space planes to balloons. NASA hopes that these flights will allow those participating [...]

Virgin Unveils Air-Launched Booster, Confirms SpaceShipTwo Customers

Artist’s concept of LauncherOne, ferried to altitude beneath the twin-fuselage WhiteKnightTwo aircraft. Image Credit: Virgin Galactic/Scaled Composites

Four years from now, a powerful new rocket will be lifted to altitude by Scaled Composites’ WhiteKnightTwo aircraft, carrying with it the promise of bringing down the cost of delivering payload into orbit to a fraction of [...]

XCOR Aerospace Establishes New Commercial Spaceflight R&D Center Headquarters

XCOR Chief Test Pilot Richard Searfoss shows Texas Governor Rick Perry a full sized Lynx model unveiled during a ceremony held at the Midland International Airport, where XCOR will open a new R&D headquarters.  Photo Credit: XCOR Aerospace

XCOR Chief Test Pilot Richard Searfoss shows Texas Governor Rick Perry a full sized Lynx model unveiled during a ceremony held at the Midland International Airport, where XCOR will open a new R&D headquarters. Photo Credit: XCOR Aerospace

On July 9, the Midland Development Corporation (MDC) and XCOR Aerospace jointly announced the establishment of [...]

“Light This Candle”: The Hours Before Freedom 7

Carrying the hopes and dreams of a nation, Freedom 7 thunders into space. Less than a decade later, the career of the man inside – astronaut Alan Shepard – would culminate with a flight aboard a far more powerful rocket, the Saturn V, and include a landing on the Moon. Photo Credit: NASA

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