Scientists Create 3-D Image of Underground River Channels on Mars

This illustration schematically shows where the Shallow Radar instrument on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter detected flood channels that had been buried by lava flows in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Sapienza University of Rome/Smithsonian Institution/USGS

Using images captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) over the last few years, scientists have […]

Voyager 1 Enters Final Region Of Our Solar System Before Interstellar Space

This artist's concept shows plasma flows around NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft as it approaches interstellar space. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/JHUAPL

This artist’s concept shows plasma flows around NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft as it approaches interstellar space. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/JHUAPL

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft, which left Earth some 35 years ago, continues on an epic journey across the solar system towards an inevitable crossing into interstellar space.  The spacecraft has travelled farther than any man-made object […]

On @ The 90: The Future

On @ The 90 is AmericaSpace’s editorial feature and is therefore based on opinion. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian

Predictions are dangerous things. Dick Morris, a political commentator, found this out the hard way recently. He predicted that Mitt Romney would win the U.S. presidential election in a landslide. Yeah, so much for that. Predicting […]

New Horizons to Encounter KBO Ahead of Pluto Flyby

This is an artist’s depiction of New Horizons encountering a Kuiper Belt Object. Image Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI)

According to the New Horizons’ twitter feed, @NewHorizons2015, and Principal Investigator Alan Stern, the New Horizons probe will make a long-range encounter with a Kuiper Belt Object in January 2015. The […]

Sierra Nevada Completes Dream Chaser Landing Gear Tests, Flight Test Expected Later This Year

An artist's conception of Sierra Nevada Corp.'s Dream Chaser spacecraft landing on a traditional runway.   Image Credit: Sierra Nevada

An artist’s conception of Sierra Nevada Corp.’s Dream Chaser spacecraft landing on a traditional runway. Image Credit: Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) reached another milestone earlier this week in its efforts to become the next commercial company to venture into space and provide NASA crew transport capabilities to low-Earth orbit, or “LEO” as […]

NASA's Voyager 1 Spacecraft Approaching Interstellar Space, 11 Billion Miles From Home

Artist's concept of Voyager 1 cruising the cosmos, farther from home than any man-made object has ever gone. Image Credit: NASA

Artist's concept of Voyager 1 cruising the cosmos, farther from home than any man-made object has ever gone. Image Credit: NASA

Voyager 1 is continuing to push through the outer edge of our known solar system in what is arguably one of the greatest adventures in the history of mankind. The spacecraft has travelled farther than […]

As Curiosity Nears Mars, the Sky Crane is On Deck

Sky Crane in action: the descent module lowers the rover Curiosity in this artist's impression. Image credit: NASA

NASA’s next Mars rover, Curiosity, is less than 90 days from landing on the red planet. It’s the most challenging part of the mission: getting the SUV-sized vehicle to touchdown gently and safely inside Gale Crater […]

Past-To-Future: NASA's Crawler-Transporters

NASA's crawler-transporters have been around since the Apollo era and are now being prepared for future missions. Photo Credit: Julian Leek/Blue Sawtooth Studios

We sent veteran aerospace photojournalist Julian Leek to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on a tour of one of the massive crawler-transporters that have been used by the space agency to deliver […]

Photo Feature: Shuttle Endeavour Brought Back To Life, Briefly

Endeavour's flight deck, powered up as it would look to astronauts on their missions. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth

Endeavour's flight deck, powered up as it would look to astronauts on their missions. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth

Recently, Americaspace photographer Julian Leek was given the opportunity to visit space shuttle Endeavour’s flight deck while the orbiter was powered up, bringing OV-105 back to life and giving us a glimpse of […]

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