RBSP Rides ULA Atlas V to 'Storm' Heaven's Secrets

Photo Credit: Mike Killian – ARES Institute / AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — NASA’s twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) satellites slowly, steadily rode a Atlas V 401 launch vehicle to orbit Saturday, Aug. 30 at 4:05 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41). This is the second scientific mission launched […]

MIRIcles Can Happen: The Final Countdown to ‘The Webb’

Armed with a flashlight, MIRI Instrument Manager and ES representative Jose Lorenzo inspects the Mid Infrared Instrument after its delivery to the Goddard Space Flight Center. Photo Credit: NASA

If you want to understand the importance of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope – one of whose primary science instruments recently arrived at the Goddard […]

NuSTAR Blazes Into Space On The Wings Of Pegasus

Diagram shows NuSTAR in its 33 ft. long fully deployed configuration. The mast will be commanded up in about a week. Image Credit: NASA, JPL, CalTech

An exotic new space telescope with owl eyed X-ray vision  is poised to see right through blocking gas and dust to reveal undiscovered black holes in the Milky […]

AmericaSpace Partner's Image of Venus Transit Selected by NASA APOD

Photo Credit: Chris Hetlage / Imaging the Cosmos

AmericaSpace partner Chris Hetlage took this stunning picture of the transit of Venus in front of the Sun on June 5, 2012. The image was of such high quality that NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (NASA APOD) selected it for their June 7, 2012 image.

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Being There: The 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse

AmericaSpace was fortunate in that it had not one – but three correspondents at this year's annular eclipse. Photo Credit: Chris Hetlage / Imaging the Cosmos

An annular solar eclipse occurred last week, and two AmericaSpace team members as well as one of our partners were in the western U.S. to cover […]

PHOTO FEATURE: Sun, Moon Enter Cosmic Dance Creating "Ring Of Fire"

What appears to be a 747 airliner passing through the crescent eclipsed sun. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / ARES Institute and AmericaSpace

What appears to be a 747 airliner passing through the crescent eclipsed sun. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / ARES Institute and AmericaSpace

A “Ring of Fire” annular solar eclipse dropped jaws of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people this past Sunday, wowing people from China and Japan across the Pacific to the […]

Two Shuttles, Two Launches, One Planet…and a Five-Day Goal

 

Artist's impression of the Galileo-Centaur deployment on Mission 61G in May 1986. Image Credit: NASA

When Challenger exploded on 28 January 1986, it crushed many dreams of America’s space programme. The Shuttle was expected to open new frontiers and deliver people into orbit with unrivalled frequency and reliability…but herein was one of its […]

First Solar Eclipse In Nearly Two Decades To Cross Southwest U.S. May 20

An annular solar eclipse on January 4, 2011, as photographed by Japan's Hinode satellite. People located inside the 200-mile wide eclipse track across the western United States can expect to see the same "ring of fire" on May 20, 2012, weather permitting. Photo Credit: Hinode/XRT

It has been nearly two decades since a solar […]

Tornados Threaten U. S., But Are Bigger on Mars and Gigantic on Sun

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The deadly tornados prowling the Midwest and South are one of the planet’s most powerful type of storm. But tornados are far larger on Mars and so gigantic on the Sun that a dozen Earths could stack inside them (video above). […]