Smooth Sailing, Mr. O: 10 Years Since the Launch of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is depicted in orbit above Mars with its large solar arrays and Earth communications dish at top. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

After more than 40,000 orbits of the Red Planet, NASA’s $720 million Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)—launched 10 years ago today, on 12 August 2005—is showing no signs of slowing […]

Frustrated Bolden Urges Congress to Fund Commercial Crew, Announces $490 Million Contract Modification With Russia

Under Wednesday’s contract extension with Roscosmos, the Soyuz TMA-M and Soyuz MS spacecraft will continue to deliver U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), potentially through 2019. Photo Credit: Samantha Cristoforetti/NASA/Twitter

It was difficult to miss the frustration in NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden’s words, as he submitted a letter to the leadership of the […]

CST-100 Spacecraft Development Moves Forward in Former Shuttle Hangar

One of two pressurized domes for the “shell” of the Structural Test Article (STA) of Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft undergoes checkout. Photo Credit: NASA

Less than a year since winning a $4.2 billion slice of the $6.8 billion Commercial Crew transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract—the current phase of NASA’s effort to return U.S. astronauts to space, […]

All-Civilian Soyuz TMA-17M Crew Ready for Wednesday Launch to Space Station (Part 2)

The Soyuz TMA-17M prime and backup crews participate in a traditional tree-planting ceremony, ahead of launch. From left are Tim Peake, Tim Kopra, Yuri Malenchenko, Oleg Kononenko, Kimiya Yui, and Kjell Lindgren. Photo Credit: NASA

Three new spacefarers will rocket toward the International Space Station (ISS) tomorrow (Wednesday, 22 July), destined to spend about […]

Failed Strut Doomed CRS-7 Mission; No Falcon 9 Launches Before September, Says Elon Musk

The nine plumes of the Merlin 1D engines flare as the vehicle disintegrates. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

Three weeks after the catastrophic loss of a Falcon 9 v1.1 booster, which exploded just 139 seconds after leaving Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.—dooming the seventh dedicated Dragon cargo ship, bound […]

Two Days to Pluto: Guiding New Horizons to the Solar System's Ragged Edge (Part 2)

Whether a dwarf planet, plutoid, trans-Neptunian object or Kuiper Belt object, Pluto has emerged from the gloom to reveal her secrets. Image Credit: NASA-JHUAPL-SWRI

We’re nearly there.

Eighty-five years after it was first identified by U.S. astronomer Clyde Tombaugh and subsequently named by English schoolgirl Venetia Burney, 39 years since its surface was first […]

Three Days to Pluto: Guiding New Horizons to the Solar System's Ragged Edge (Part 1)

Artist’s concept of the New Horizons spacecraft during its planned encounter with Pluto and its moon, Charon. Image Credit: NASA

After 9.5 years, 114 months, more than 490 weeks, and around 3,500 days since launch, NASA’s New Horizons mission is now into double-figure-hours as it initiates the final countdown toward a historic rendezvous on […]

Two Weeks to Pluto: New Horizons and New Perspectives (Part 2)

Technicians working on the New Horizons spacecraft in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The black shape of the Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) is clearly visible at left. Photo Credit: NASA/KSC

Sixteen days from now, the first robotic emissary from Earth will encounter the dwarf world Pluto, its […]

Falcon 9 Fails, Dooming Dragon Cargo Ship and First Commercial Crew Docking Adapter

Close to the end of first-stage flight, the nine Merlin 1D engines appeared to flare, ahead of vehicle disintegration. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

Close to the end of first-stage flight, the nine Merlin 1D engines appeared to flare, ahead of vehicle disintegration. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

Following 18 successful launches since June 2010, the heart was torn from SpaceX earlier today (Sunday, 28 June), following the disintegration of a Falcon 9 v1.1 booster during its flight to […]

Two Weeks to Pluto: New Horizons and New Perspectives (Part 1)

A timeline detailing New Horizons long journey to Pluto. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute.

The “Month of Pluto” is now upon us, as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft—launched atop an Atlas V 551 booster from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., way back in January 2006—enters the final two weeks […]