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NASA Selects Four Potential Mars Landing Sites for InSight Mission

NASA has selected four landing sites for the upcoming InSight mission to the Red Planet. Image Credit: NASA

In late November, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is expected to thunder away from Earth on a one-way trip to study the thin atmosphere of Mars, but the next mission to land on the Red Planet’s surface [...]

AmericaSpace Video Feature: Arrival of MAVEN's Atlas V

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace / Wired4Space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — United Launch Alliance’s ULA Mariner, a ship owned by Foss Marine, delivered the Atlas V 401 rocket which will be used to power NASA’s Mars Atmosphere Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission on its way to Mars. Launch is currently scheduled to [...]

ULA Mariner Delivers Atlas V Rocket for NASA's MAVEN Mission to Mars

The ULA Mariner, operated by Foss Marine, safely delivered the first stage and Centaur upper stage, which will be used to begin NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft, on the road to Mars. Photo Credit: Jeffrey J. Soullere / AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — United Launch Alliance (ULA) and NASA greeted the Atlas [...]

New Images and Animation Released of Future Asteroid Mission

NASA’s Orion spacecraft approaching the robotic asteroid capture vehicle. Image Credit: NASA

NASA’s Asteroid Initiative is a potential flagship mission, which could begin as early as 2015, to capture and investigate a near-Earth asteroid (NEA) and explore it with both unmanned and crewed spacecraft. On Thursday, Aug. 22, the agency released concept artwork and [...]

Mars Probe Arrives at Kennedy Space Center

NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft has arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for a November launch to the Red Planet. Image Credit: NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA’s next spacecraft bound for Mars—the $450 million MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN) mission—completed its final Earth-bound journey yesterday, Friday, Aug. 2 at NASA’s [...]

Comet ISON Fizzes Like a Soda Pop

Photo Credit: NASA / SST

Coming soon to a region of space near you: comet ISON, which is expected to put on a spectacular show toward the end of the year. Currently, ISON is about 258 million miles from the Sun, between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars. Its tail already stretches out more than three-quarters of [...]

Whatever Happened to Space Colonies?

Why is it that the concept of orbital colonies, destinations which could alleviate many of the problems here on Earth, have faded away? Image Credit: NASA / Ames

Back in the 1960s and ’70s, it seemed everyone was talking about orbital colonies and emigrating into space with their families. The publication of Gerard K. [...]

Countering the Threat Posed by Orbital Debris

In this computer simulation, the sheer amount of orbital debris becomes apparent—as does the need to find a way to prevent it. Image Credit: NASA

There’s a lot of junk up there. Around 20,000 bits and pieces of satellites and old rocket parts, bigger than 5 cm (2 inches) across, are floating around in [...]

Astronomy at the High Frontier

Hubble Space Telescope, as seen from the Shuttle Atlantis during the fourth servicing mission in May 2009. Photo Credit: NASA

The atmosphere is a problem for astronomers for two big reasons: it’s turbulent, so it smears out the light from cosmic objects, and it blocks out huge swathes of the electromagnetic spectrum. To see [...]

The Search for Alien Life Part 1: Where are the Martians?

Mars shows plenty of evidence for flowing water on its surface, as in the case of these channels in Newton Crater. Does this mean that the Red Planet ever supported life? Photo Credit: NASA

On July 20, 1976, a 572-kilogram spacecraft, supported on three sturdy legs, touched down on the orange sands of Mars [...]