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Knocking On Hades' Door: T-Minus One Year Before NASA's 'New Horizons' Begins Encounter With Pluto

A Hubble Space Telescope image of Pluto and some of its moons. The New Horizons mission is just a year away from providing us with photographs that will greatly surpass the best images of Pluto that Hubble could ever capture. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (JHU/APL), A. Stern (SwRI), and the HST Pluto [...]

New Horizons Message Initiative Hopes to Send Self-Portrait of Humanity to the Stars

Image Credit: New Horizons Message Initiative (www.newhorizonsmessage.com)

To date, all four of the spacecraft NASA has blasted into the unknown depths of the outer Solar System have carried some kind of message from Earth to the stars. Pioneers 10 and 11, as well as Voyager 1 and 2, all carry an interstellar message from [...]

Pluto's Unnamed Moons Given Names by IAU

Two newly discovered moons orbiting Pluto have been given official names by the International Astronomical Union. Image Credit: NASA / STSci

Two of Pluto’s small moons, previously known just as P4 and P5, have been given official names by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Pluto is the god of the underworld in classical mythology, [...]

Undiscovered Country: Of New Horizons and the Kuiper Belt

Neptune’s largest moon, Triton, seen here in an image from the Voyager 2 flyby, is thought to be a captured Kuiper Belt Object. Photo Credit: NASA.

Starting at about the orbit of Neptune and stretching out to roughly 50 astronomical units (1 AU = Earth-Sun distance), or 7.5 billion kilometers from the Sun, is [...]

Northrop Grumman Completes Golden Spike Lunar Lander Study

An early conceptual design for a lunar landing craft, envisaged by the Golden Spike Company. With Northrop Grumman’s involvement, the start-up company can boast a partnership with the only organization ever to successfully develop and fly a piloted lunar landing vehicle. Image Credit: Golden Spike Company

More than four decades since its last human-piloted [...]

Return to the Moon—But When and How?

When will mankind return to the lunar surface? When this does occur, will it be the U.S., the Chinese, or commercial industry? Image Credit: NASA

When Eugene Cernan, commander of the Apollo 17 mission, headed back up the ladder of the Lunar Module on December 14, 1972, he became the last human to date [...]

What Will We Find At Pluto?

NASA’s first mission to the dwarf planet Pluto is two years away from its destination. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Buie Southwest Research Institute

Something odd happened a few months after NASA’s deep space probe New Horizons was launched Jan. 19, 2006—its target got demoted from a planet to a “dwarf planet.” In [...]

The Golden Spike Company Opens Kickstarter Account

The Golden Spike Company has announced it has opened up a Kickstarter account. Image Credit: NASA/AmericaSpace

The Golden Spike Company—the firm that has announced plans to send small-scale crewed missions to the Moon—is in need of a little help. The company has decided to raise some of the funds needed to support their objectives [...]

Golden Spike Taps Northrop Grumman for Lunar Lander Design, Edges Closer to Lunar Goal

The Golden Spike Company has tapped Northrop Grumman to develop a lunar lander for the commercial space company. Image Credit: Golden Spike

Officially revealed to the world barely a month ago, the Golden Spike Company last week announced a contract with aerospace giant Northrop Grumman to begin design work on a lunar landing vehicle [...]

Golden Spike Company Announces Plans to Send Crews to Moon Within the Decade

Image Credit: The Golden Spike Company

The private space arena has exploded in recent years, accomplishing things that were once the purview of nations. Now, one of these firms has made an announcement that it is working to send commercial customers to the Moon.  The Golden Spike Company has stated that, for the hefty [...]