After Glitch, New Horizons to Resume Science Operations July 7, Before Pluto Encounter

The newest maps of Pluto, as of two weeks before closest approach. A black and white reflectance map has been combined with a natural color map to produce the map in the center. Four dark patches of about the same size and spacing can also be seen in these and other recent images. Image […]

Cool New Technology Will Allow Scientists to Work Virtually on Mars in 3-D

A screen view from OnSight, showing how scientists can meet together in a virtual 3-D simulation on the Martian surface. Such technology will allow scientists to better study features of interest and plan rover or lander activities. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The rover and lander missions on Mars have been cool enough with their high-tech […]

Communications Lost With International Space Station - UPDATE

Photo Credit: NASA

At approximately 9:45 a.m. EST Tuesday, February 19, 2013, the International Space Station lost communications with the ground. During this period, flight controllers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, were updating software aboard the space station’s flight computers. As this was happening, one of the station’s data relay systems […]

In Spite of October's Mishap, SpaceX's Computers Are a Go

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule at the end of the International Space Station’s robotic arm. Photo Credit: NASA

Two months ago, one of SpaceX’s Dragon capsules lost one of its three flight computers while docked with the International Space Station. The likely cause was a radiation hit, but according to SpaceX’s director of vehicle certification, John […]