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Opportunity Rover Celebrates 10th Anniversary Since Arrival on Mars

The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity was given a 90-day life expectancy; she is currently in her 10th year of Martian exploration. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.

Less than a year after it broke the record for the farthest-driven NASA vehicle on an alien world, the Mars Exploration Rover-B—better known as “Opportunity”—tomorrow celebrates the 10th anniversary of [...]

Curiosity Rover Confirms Methane Nearly Non-Existent on Mars

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has reported back findings that might impact the discovery of life on Mars. Image Credit: NASA / JPL

For years the planetary science community has speculated, with much optimism, that methane exists in the environment of Mars.  Data from observations of the Red Planet made from Earth and from spacecraft [...]

JPL Attempting to Reestablish Communication With Comet Hunter Deep Impact

The Deep Impact spacecraft, depicted here in flight, is feared lost after a period of no communication since Aug. 8. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

NASA announced Tuesday, Sept. 10 that ground controllers have lost contact with its flagship comet-hunting probe Deep Impact, which is part of the Discovery Program managed at Marshall Space Flight Center [...]

Spitzer Space Telescope Celebrates 10 Years of Astronomical Discovery

The infrared vision of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed that the Sombrero galaxy—named after its appearance in visible light to a wide-brimmed hat—is in fact two galaxies in one. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Ten years ago tonight, NASA’s fourth “Great Observatory”—the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF)—was boosted into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force [...]

Fermi Gamma-Ray Telescope Embarks on Second Mission of Discovery

The maps in this animation show how the sky looks at gamma-ray energies above 100 million electron volts (MeV) with a view centered on the north galactic pole. The first frame shows the sky during a three-hour interval prior to GRB 130427A. The second frame shows a three-hour interval starting 2.5 hours before the [...]

Older and WISE-r: WISE Making a Comeback in September to Fuel Asteroid Initiative

An artist’s concept shows the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) orbiting Earth. WISE is slated to be reactivated in September in a quest to discover more near-Earth objects (NEOs). Image Credit: NASA.

NASA announced that the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft, which had been deactivated in 2011, is slated to make a comeback [...]

Kepler Recovery Efforts Conclude, Other Missions Mulled

Image Credit: NASA

After several months’ worth of review and testing, the team operating the Kepler Space Telescope has opted to close its efforts to make Kepler fully operational again. This follows the loss of one of the crucial components that controls the alien planet-hunting spacecraft. In an Aug. 15 teleconference, Charles Sobeck, deputy [...]

United Launch Alliance Poised to Conduct Landmark 75th Mission

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Next month, the Centennial, Colo.-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) will hit a milestone by launching its 75th mission since the company was formed in December 2006. Already deep into processing, the Atlas V vehicle for the scheduled late September mission will deliver the U.S. Air Force’s third Advanced Extremely [...]

ATK to Provide Solid Rocket Motors for Stratolaunch System

Image Credit: Stratolaunch Systems

Utah-based ATK has received a contract from Orbital Science’s Corporation to produce propulsion systems for the Air Launch Vehicle (ALV) that Orbital is building for Stratolaunch Systems Corporation. It is hoped that this new delivery system will have a positive impact on providing access to orbit.

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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 [...]