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NASA Green Aviation Project to Move Into Next Phase of Research

Image Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project is moving forward with its research efforts to “green” the skies. ERA is developing aircraft concepts and technologies to help reduce the impact of aviation on the environment during the next 30 years.

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Atlas V Stands Ready to Loft Classified OTV-3 Mini-Shuttle

The X-37B’s deployable solar array enables it to ‘loiter’ in low-Earth orbit for far longer than the Shuttle could ever achieve. With two missions behind it—the first of which lasted 224 days, the second 469—it remains to be seen how long OTV-3 will remain aloft. Image Credit: Boeing Phantom Works

After several delays, United [...]

Sandra Magnus Departs NASA for American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

NASA has lost another member of its astronaut corps. Sandra Magnus, who flew three times into space, including the final mission of the space shuttle era, STS-135, has left the space agency for a position with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

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Curiosity’s Martian Descent, 7 Minutes Of U. S. Space Excellence

This graphic highlights what is known as the “seven minutes of terror” – the period where Curiosity is on its own as it goes through the most dangerous part of its mission. Image Credit: Max-Q Entertainment

Nearly 154 million mi. from Earth, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover Curiosity is poised to meld the [...]

Clues To Life On Mars Beckon America’s Curiosity Rover

AmericaSpace and The Mars Society are starting their coverage of the arrival of the Mars Science Laboratory rover “Curiosity” with this article detailing the rover’s suite of scientific instruments. Image Credit: Max-Q Entertainment

Like a scientific commando lowered from  a rocket powered hovercraft into a dangerous landing zone 154 million mi. from Earth,  the [...]

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 [...]

Secret Relay Satellite Bound For Geosynchronous Orbit On Atlas V

Four meter Atlas V 401 shroud carrying seventh SDS 3 satellite is lifted atop single engine Centaur. Photo Credit: ULA

Details emerging about a secret National Reconnaissance Office Atlas V mission, set for launch from Cape Canaveral early Monday June 18,  indicate the payload is most likely a 7,900 lb. Satellite Data System (SDS) [...]

Curiosity Will Eye Evidence For Life As Distance to Mountain Shortened

Artist's rendering depicts Curiosity using its arm mounted science turret to investigate Martian rocks. Image Credit: NASA

Science team members for the new Mars rover Curiosity will use the rover’s powerful cameras to specifically look for visible evidence of past life on Mars, like the 3.5 billion year old fossilized microbe “stromatolite” colonies found [...]

NASA's O & C Building, Astronaut Suit-Up Room Changing With the Times

The O & C building was where the astronauts prepared for their missions is, much like the shuttles themselves, being decommissioned. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studios

Located of the third floor of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC) Operation & Check Building (more commonly known as the O&C building) lies the astronaut [...]

Legislative Alert: Bolden To Testify At House NASA Appropriations Hearing

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden will testify before the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee at 9 a.m. EDST, Wednesday, March 21st. Bolden will be testifying before the Subcommittee on the White House’s proposed NASA budget for fiscal year 2013, which begins October 1, 2012. One of the more difficult questions for the NASA Administrator will [...]