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NASA Alters Orion Heat Shield for 2018 Flight With Advanced 3-D Thermal Protection Fabric Needed for Destination Mars

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (left) holds Orion EM-1 3-D woven heat shield hardware produced by Bally Ribbon Mills of Bally, Penn. With Bolden are Mark Harries and Ray Harries, Marketing Executive and President of Bally Ribbon Mills, and Mike Gazarik (Associate Administrator STMD) and Glenn Delgado (Head small business) of NASA at media briefing […]

Kepler Finds 'Super-Earth' Exoplanet in First Discovery of New Mission

Artist’s conception of super-Earth HIP 116454b. Image Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA)

The Kepler space telescope has found its first new exoplanet, a “super-Earth,” of its secondary mission phase. The discovery adds to a current tally of 996 confirmed exoplanets and 4,183 planetary candidates already found by the revolutionary planet-hunting telescope.

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NASA’s LADEE Dust Probe Plunges Deliberately Into Lunar Surface

Depiction of NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory as it approaches lunar orbit. Credit: NASA Ames/Dana Berry

NASA’s newest Moon probe, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), aimed at studying the moon ultra tenuous atmosphere and dust, has deliberately plunged into the lunar surface after successfully completing its science […]

Google Will Give Historic Moffett Field and Hangar One New Life Through Lease Agreement With NASA

Aerial view of Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, Calif. Historic Hanger One is visible to the left of the image. Photo Credit: NASA

It’s safe to say that just about anyone who has driven on Highway-101 through Mountain View, Calif., at the south end of the San Francisco peninsula close to San Jose, […]

Heat Shield for Orion EFT-1 Spacecraft Arrives at Kennedy for Installation

The heat shield for NASA’s Orion EFT-1 spacecraft being unloaded off the agency’s Super Guppy heavy transport aircraft at Kennedy Space Center last Wednesday. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Shawn Jakway

For nearly 18 months work has continued on NASA’s Orion spacecraft at Kennedy Space Center, where the capsule is currently being constructed for its […]

Planets, Planets Everywhere

Since the previous Kepler update in January, the latest Kepler results show a 29 percent increase in candidate planets being discovered, most of them Earth-sized. Credit: NASA.

What a wonderful and amazing Scheme have we here of the magnificent Vastness of the Universe! So many Suns, so many Earths, and every […]

Moon-Bound LADEE Spacecraft Back On Track After Minor Problem

NASA’s latest spacecraft bound for the Moon, LADEE, has encountered and recovered from a glitch on the way to survey the lunar atmosphere. Image Credit: NASA / Ames

NASA’s $280 million Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission, or LADEE, is well on its way to the Moon after the compact car-size spacecraft encountered a minor problem after launching […]

ISS Astronauts Remotely Control Robot on Earth

The K10 planetary rover that the ISS astronauts controlled. Photo Credit: NASA/Dominic Hart

NASA regularly controls its robot explorers, sent to distant parts of the Solar System, from comfortable offices here on Earth. So it might seem that allowing astronauts in low-Earth orbit to control a robot on the Earth’s surface is not exactly […]

LADEE Set to Investigate Lunar Atmosphere and Test High-Speed Data Link

Artist’s impression of the LADEE spacecraft in lunar orbit. Image Credit: NASA / Ames

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is due for launch in September 2013 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. LADEE will study the composition and structure of the tenuous lunar atmosphere, including dust that may be lofted up from […]

Garvey's P-18 Rocket Takes Student-Built Payloads to Edge of Space

The P-18 rocket, built by Garvey Spacecraft Corporation, is hefting a variety of payloads to the very edge of space. Image Credit: Garvey Spacecraft

Who says that students can’t participate in the exploration of space? So far, Garvey Spacecraft Corporation’s Prospector 18, or “P-18,” rocket has conducted four missions where it has launched student-built […]