Kepler Update: Earth's 'Bigger and Older Cousin' Discovered Orbiting Distant Star

Artist’s conception of Kepler-452b, the first near-Earth-sized exoplanet discovered orbiting in the habitable zone of a Sun-like star. Image Credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

One of the primary goals in the search for exoplanets is to, hopefully, find an Earth analog or “Earth twin,” an alien world similar to our own. That search is still […]

All-Civilian Soyuz TMA-17M Crew Ready for Wednesday Launch to Space Station (Part 1)

Soyuz TMA-17M Commander Oleg Kononenko (center) will be embarking on his third long-duration voyage to the International Space Station (ISS). By contrast, Flight Engineer-1 Kimiya Yui (right) and Flight Engineer-2 Kjell Lindgren are making their first flights. Photo Credit: NASA

Clad in dark civilian suits, three soon-to-be spacefarers descended the aircraft steps at Baikonur […]

Preparations Underway at Wallops for Orbital ATK Antares Return to Flight

An aerial view of Launch Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport shows construction progress as of June 29, 2015.
Photo Credit: Elliot Severn / AmericaSpace

An aerial view of Launch Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport shows construction progress as of June 29, 2015.Photo Credit: Elliot Severn / AmericaSpace

Seven months after an Antares rocket carrying the doomed Orb-3 mission plummeted onto its launch pad, reconstruction efforts are in full swing in preparation for the rocket’s return to […]

Lockheed Proposes Dual Use ‘Jupiter’ Space Freighter for Station Resupply and Deep Space Exploration

Artist’s concept shows Jupiter spacecraft and Exoliner cargo carrier with NASA’s Orion crew capsule in a Lockheed Martin dual use conceptual proposal for commercial missions to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) and deep space exploration missions to the Moon and Mars. Credit: Lockheed Martin

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL — The competition for NASA’s next […]

'Yankee Clipper' Flies Again: SSEP Mission 6 to Re-fly on SpaceX CRS-5

From StarTalk on Facebook: “Some of the students from the SSEP (Student Spaceflight Experiments Program) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in October with program director Dr. Jeff Goldstein the day before the first launch attempt (due to a rogue sailboat), which preceded the failed launch of Antares Orb-3. The students’ experiments have been reconstituted, […]

SpaceX to Launch United States' First Mission of 2015 With Tuesday Morning Dragon Flight

The CRS-5 mission is the fifth dedicated Dragon cargo flight under the language of SpaceX’s $1.6 billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. Credit: NASA

Almost three weeks later than originally planned, SpaceX—the Hawthorne, Calif.-based launch services company, headed by entrepreneur Elon Musk—is primed to launch its fifth dedicated Dragon cargo mission (CRS-5) […]

Hardware Movement and Reconfiguration to Highlight Space Station Operations in 2015 (Part 2)

Eighteen astronauts and cosmonauts from six sovereign nations will occupy the International Space Station (ISS) during 2015, delivered by means of Russia’s proven Soyuz spacecraft. Photo Credit: NASA

As many people on Planet Earth struggled with ferocious hangovers on the morning of 1 January 2015, the incumbent Expedition 42 crew of the International Space […]

Hardware Movement and Reconfiguration to Highlight Space Station Operations in 2015 (Part 1)

2015 promises to be a dramatic year for the ISS. Four Soyuz spacecraft will launch toward the space station, delivering new crew members from Russia, the United States, Japan, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. Photo Credit: NASA

The 15th year of continuous occupation of the International Space Station (ISS) promises to be a dramatic […]

The Year in Space, 2014: New Beginnings, Continuing Discoveries

LIFTOFF! NASA’s Orion spacecraft begins its debut voyage at the dawn of Friday, Dec. 5. Orion’s successful Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) capped an exciting year in spaceflight. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

As 2014 winds down to its end, this year can be remembered for its new beginnings in spaceflight, encompassing the […]

Orbital Contracts Russian RD-181 Engines to Launch Future Antares Flights

Orbital will employ Russian RD-181 engines to replace the failed AJ-26 engines which led to the total loss of the company’s Orb-3 ISS resupply mission for NASA in Oct. 2014. Photo Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation

When an Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff on the company’s third contracted NASA resupply flight […]