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NASA Administrator, Interior Secretary Attend Landsat Launch

Image Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation

WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will attend the launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, Monday, Feb. 11. The launch is scheduled for 10:02 a.m. PST.

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Landsat Data Continuity Mission Primed and Ready for 11 February Launch

Like the TDRS-K satellite, launched on 30 January, LDCM will rise into orbit atop an Atlas V 401 booster. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

Four decades of critical observations of the Home Planet will continue in spectacular style on Monday, 11 February, with the scheduled liftoff of the Landsat Data Continuity […]

Looking Back-Looking Forward: 50 Years with NASA

The past year saw NASA move away from the space shuttle program, continue its exploration efforts, and pursue paths that would return crews to deep space exploration missions. Images Courtesy of NASA and Wired4Space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – For the past 50 years, NASA has been responsible for achievements in space—and on Earth. In […]

Suomi NPP Satellite Captures Stunning Images of Earth

Earth at night, as seen by the NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/NOAA NGDC

The images that NASA produces of deep space objects are always incredible. In this case, however, a spacecraft jointly operated by NASA and its sister organization, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has captured an image […]

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

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Range Issue Spells Two-Week Delay for NROL-36 and ‘Rosie’

The launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, with its NROL-36 payload, has been delayed until no-earlier-than Aug. 14, 2012. Photo Credit: Pat Corkery / ULA

A baker’s dozen of satellites – including a critical $1.3 billion sentinel for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), designed to electronically monitor worldwide military and […]

Of Polar Bears and Thematic Mappers: The 40-Year Landsat Achievement

Landsat 7, the most recent arrival in a family which began as the Earth Resources Technology Satellite, has operated from near-polar orbit since April 1999. In February of next year, it and the aging Landsat 5 will be joined by the next-generation Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). Image Credit: NASA

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NASA Breathes New Life Into Reliable United Launch Alliance Workhorse

In this image a Delta II rocket thunders off of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex-17 in Florida. At the time this was thought to be the final flight of a Delta II. With this latest announcement however the Delta II will see at least three more missions – all from Vandenberg […]

SpaceX Moves Ahead With Merlin 1D Full-Duration Firing

At SpaceX's Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, Texas, the Merlin 1D engine burns furiously in its first full-flight-duration firing. From 2013 onwards, this engine will form the powerhouse of the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Riding the triumphant coattails of last month’s Dragon demo flight to the International Space […]

ULA Reflects on 50th Launch Under EELV Program

With the upcoming flight Atlas V rocket, United Launch Alliance will mark the fiftieth liftoff under Expendable Launch Vehicle Program. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

The Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program began in the 1990s with the express purpose of guaranteeing access to orbit for Department of Defense and United States Air Force […]