OSIRIS-REx Launches on Multi-Year Mission to Asteroid Bennu

Precisely on the opening of tonight's 115-minute "launch window", the Atlas V 411 took flight. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

Precisely on the opening of tonight’s 115-minute “launch window,” the Atlas V 411 took flight. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

Just a half-hour before the Sun set over the Space Coast on Thursday, 8 September, United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully delivered NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft on its […]

OSIRIS-REx Stands Ready for Date With Asteroid Bennu (Part 2)

OSIRIS-REx is revealed after its protective cover is removed at NASA Kennedy's Payload Processing Hazardous Facility at NASA Kennedy.

An artist’s rendering of OSIRIS-REx at asteroid 101955 Bennu. Its solar arrays will be configured in a “Y-wing” shape to avoid dust accumulation. Image Credit: NASA

Tomorrow evening, if all goes well, a spacecraft destined to visit, retrieve, and return samples from a near-pristine “carbonaceous” asteroid will roar aloft atop a unique “flying-sideways” rocket […]

Expedition 48 Crew Wraps Up Six-Month Space Station Mission

Wrapping up his fourth space mission, Jeff Williams is now the United States' most experienced space traveler, with over 534 cumulative days away from the Home Planet. Photo Credit: NASA TV

Wrapping up his fourth space mission, Jeff Williams is now the United States’ most experienced space traveler, with over 534 cumulative days away from the Home Planet. Photo Credit: NASA TV

After more than 172 days in space, U.S. national-record-breaking astronaut Jeff Williams and his Russian crewmates Alexei Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka have landed […]

OSIRIS-REx Stands Ready for Date With Asteroid Bennu (Part 1)

OSIRIS-Rex in the vicinity of the asteroid Bennu. Image Credit: NASA

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has completed assembly at Lockheed Martin Space Systems near Denver, Colo. Over the next several months engineers will put the spacecraft through a series of intense tests. The $800 million mission to retrieve samples from Astroid Bennu is scheduled to launch in September 2016. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

Just two days […]

Camping Without Marshmallows: 10 Years Since STS-115 (Part 2)

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Dan Burbank and Steve MacLean are barely visible, slightly right-of-center, working on the P-3/P-4 truss during EVA-2. Photo Credit: NASA

Ten years ago, this month, the crew of Shuttle Atlantis—Commander Brent Jett, Pilot Chris Ferguson, and Mission Specialists Joe Tanner, Dan Burbank, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, and Canada’s Steve MacLean—roared into orbit to restart the construction […]

NASA's InSight Mission to Mars Approved for Spring 2018 Launch

Artist's conception of InSight on the surface of Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Artist’s conception of InSight on the surface of Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s InSight mission to Mars will now go ahead as planned, it was announced today. After a delay due to a vacuum leak last December, with a launch originally slated for last March, it was unclear whether the mission would still be […]

In For the Long Haul: 10 Years Since STS-115 (Part 1)

Joe Tanner had already performed five EVAs before STS-115 left Earth. By the time he returned from the mission, he had completed seven EVAs and spent 46.5 hours outside a spacecraft. Even today, he stands as the 13th most seasoned spacewalker of all time. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Joe Tanner had already performed five EVAs before STS-115 left Earth. By the time he returned from the mission, he had completed seven EVAs and spent 46.5 hours outside a spacecraft. Even today, he stands as the 13th most seasoned spacewalker of all time. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

At first glance, shuttle […]

Expedition 48 Spacewalkers Restore Space Station Power Channel to Pre-2012 Configuration

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The location of the Trailing Thermal Control Radiator (TTCR) on the outboard truss on the port-side of the space station. After its retraction, both of P-6’s 2B and 4B power channels will be routed through the main Photovoltaic Radiator (PVR). Image Credit: NASA

On a day which spelled calamity for SpaceX—as its Upgraded Falcon […]

World's Most Experienced Female Astronaut Discusses Upcoming ISS Expedition

The Soyuz MS-03 crew of (from left) Oleg Novitsky, Peggy Whitson and Thomas Pesquet will form the second half of Expedition 50, before rotating into the core of Expedition 51. Their 180-day increment is expected to run from 16 November 2016 through 15 May 2017. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

The Soyuz MS-03 crew of (from left) Oleg Novitsky, Peggy Whitson, and Thomas Pesquet will form the second half of Expedition 50, before rotating into the core of Expedition 51. Their 180-day increment is expected to run from 16 November 2016 through 15 May 2017. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

The world’s most experienced female […]

Spacewalkers Ready for US EVA-37, Days Ahead of Expedition 48 Crew Return

Jeff Williams led today's U.S. EVA-37, wrapping up his fifth career spacewalk and accruing a total of almost 32 hours in vacuum. Photo Credit: NASA

Expedition 45 spacewalker Kjell Lindgren works to restore the P-6 cooling system to its pre-2012 configuration during U.S. EVA-33 in November 2015. He and Scott Kelly ultimately left the Trailing Thermal Control Radiator (TTCR) fully deployed when the crew ran out of time and encountered other difficulties. Photo Credit: NASA

Less than a week […]