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Two of a Kind, But One in Spaceflight: NASA Selects Proposals for Kelly Twin Studies

The Kelly brothers – Scott and Mark (left to right) – pose together in May 2008. In 2015, both will be test subjects aiding researchers in the study of spaceflight’s effects on the human body. Photo Credit: NASA

Identical twins Mark and Scott Kelly share more than just genetics – at one time, they [...]

Retro Space Images: Apollo 9 Crawls to Launch

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Saturn Sunrise: This was the early morning scene as the Saturn V for the Apollo 9 mission was rolled out to Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on Jan. 3, 1969. Astronauts Jim McDivitt, Dave Scott, and Rusty Schweickart were launched on a 10-day mission exactly two [...]

Expedition 33's Crew Tames the Dragon

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, currently berthed to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Yesterday was another big day for SpaceX. For the second time in five months, one of the company’s Dragon capsules has rendezvoused and docked with the International Space Station. The crew has even opened the capsule ahead of schedule. Completing this [...]

Lunar Helium-3: To Mine or Not to Mine

Apollo 17′s Jack Schmitt collecting samples on the Moon in 1972. The samples from Apollo were found to contain Helium-3. Photo Credit: NASA

The Apollo astronauts who walked on the Moon between 1969 and 1972 brought back just under 842 pounds of rocks and regolith. In 1985, engineers at the University of Wisconsin found [...]

JPL Teams, Curiosity Set For Historic Martian Exploration

Successful landing of the 1 ton rover Curiosity with 10 instruments, including those on powerful turret at the end of the arm will begin multi year search for the building blocks of life on Mars if life ever existed there. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

The rover Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Flight Control and Science [...]

Chinese Crew Ends Landmark Mission

China's first woman astronaut emerges with big smile from Shenzhou 9 spacecraft. Photo Credit: Shanghai Daily. com

China’s Shenzhou 9 crew returned to Earth today after a 13 day mission that included the first Chinese piloted docking, the first flight of a female Chinese astronaut and the first Shenzhou crew to occupy a space [...]

How to Land the Mercury Capsule

Early small scale tests of a Mercury capsule's impact landing on land in 1958. Photo credit: NASA

When NASA introduced the Mercury astronauts to the country during a press conference in 1959, getting them to space wasn’t a problem. The Redstone and Atlas rockets were on their way to being man rated and [...]

Top Secret Radar Satellite Set for Vandenberg Liftoff

Artist’s concept of the new NRO imaging radar has large circular synthetic aperture radar antenna to focus energy on targets, and large solar arrays for high power to achieve high resolution. Photo Credit: Charles P. Vick GlobalSecurity.Org

A top secret National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) imaging radar reconnaissance satellite weighing 8 tons, is planned for [...]

Challenger Learning Centers: Opening Young Minds to Wonders of Space

Shuttle Challenger Crew. (Back row) Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judy Resnick (Front row) Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Ron McNair. Photo Credit: NASA

“Inspiring Kids.  Inspire people to dream and achieve. Explore beyond the known and familiar. Learn as we go and help others to learn with us.” Such is the mission of [...]

Space Rock Will Draw Thousands To Jodrell Bank Observatory

The huge Mark 1 Lovell radio telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory looms over a tranquil cow pasture in northwest England. Picture Credit: Jodrell Bank Observatory

The 250 ft. diameter radio telescope at England’s Jodrell Bank Observatory is expected to draw 10,000 people in June to view the kind of space rock discoveries that have [...]