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On @ The 90: Our Vanguard Moment

Photo Credit: NASA

The Space Race, one of many fronts of the Cold War, began in earnest on July 29, 1955, when President Eisenhower publicly announced Project Vanguard, the first genuine effort to launch a man-made vehicle into orbit as an instrumented scientific experiment for the International Geophysical Year. Bypassing Werner Von Braun’s more [...]

NASA Selects Explorer Projects to Probe Earth’s Upper Atmosphere

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WASHINGTON — NASA has selected a new satellite mission and a new space-based instrument to begin development as part of the agency’s Heliophysics Explorer Program. The projects will provide space observations to study Earth’s ionosphere and thermosphere.

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Van Allen Probes Mission Discovers Third Earth Radiation Belt

Artist’s concept of the Van Allen Probes—formerly known as the Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP)—at work, high above Earth. Image Credit: NASA

Six months after their launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes have discovered a third radiation belt girdling the Earth. Published by the journal Science, the [...]

Top Ten Heavyweights? An Unlikely Band of Brothers

The Unha-3 rocket stands ready for one of its early launches. Like several other members of the ‘Space Club’, vehicles which lofted satellites were often devised with the intention of wreaking death and destruction. Photo Credit: Voice of America

It is easy to view North Korea’s launch, last week, of its Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2 [...]

NASA’s RBSP Renamed in Honor of James Van Allen

The Radiation Storm Belt Probes mission has been renamed the Van Allen Probes, in honor of James Van Allen, the discoverer of the two belts which encircle our world. Photo Credit: ULA / Pat Corkery

NASA has conducted one of the most eloquent no-brainers in history. The space agency has renamed its Radiation Storm [...]