Dream Chaser Back On Track for Free Flight Tests by End of the Year

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser space plane. Photo Credit: SNC

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the company developing the Dream Chaser spaceflight vehicle, is back on track to conduct a series of Approach and Landing tests (ALT) after the government shutdown halted work at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in California earlier this month. With […]

New Horizons Message Initiative Hopes to Send Self-Portrait of Humanity to the Stars

Image Credit: New Horizons Message Initiative (www.newhorizonsmessage.com)

To date, all four of the spacecraft NASA has blasted into the unknown depths of the outer Solar System have carried some kind of message from Earth to the stars. Pioneers 10 and 11, as well as Voyager 1 and 2, all carry an interstellar message from […]

Mars-Bound MAVEN Spacecraft Performing Final Testing Ahead Of November Launch

NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft in pre-launch processing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo Credit: John Studwell

NASA’s next spacecraft destined for Mars, MAVEN, is in its final month of pre-launch processing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After a decade of work from people across the country, and having passed some 270 reviews, MAVEN […]

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 […]