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NASA's SMAP Mission Arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Begins Final Preparations for Early 2015 Launch

Scheduled for launch in early 2015, NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive, or SMAP mission, will track Earth’s water into one of its last hiding places: the soil. SMAP soil moisture data will, among other things, aid in predictions of agricultural productivity, weather and climate. Image Credit: NASA

“Follow the water”: This theme has driven [...]

Delta II Returns to Flight With Dazzling OCO-2 Launch

With the glow of its RS-27A first-stage engine and trio of Solid Rocket Motors (SRMs) piercing the gloom and murk, the first Delta II in almost three years takes flight from a foggy Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher/AmericaSpace

More than five years since its predecessor was lost in the [...]

Delta II Primed for Return to Flight OCO-2 Mission on Tuesday

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2 will form part of the “Afternoon” Constellation (or “A-Train”) of U.S.- and French-provided global monitoring satellites. Image Credit: NASA

For the first time in almost three years, the thunderous roar of a Delta II booster will rattle the mountainous landscape of Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Tuesday, 1 [...]

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 [...]