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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 [...]

How to Target an Asteroid

This spectacular image of comet Tempel 1 was taken 67 seconds after it obliterated Deep Impact’s impactor spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD

Like many of his colleagues at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., Shyam Bhaskaran is working a lot with asteroids these days. And also like many of his colleagues, the deep space navigator [...]

NASA's Getting Ready for an Exciting Decade on Mars

Curiosity’s tracks on Mars. Something we might should see more of on a different part of the planet within the next ten years. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL

It seems Curiosity is doing great things both on Mars and on Earth. Just four months into a two-year primary mission, President Obama is seeking to capitalize on [...]

A CHopper That Would Have Had an Amazing Ride

One of the two missions that was not selected under NASA’s Discovery Program was the Comet Hopper or “CHopper” mission to the comet Wirtanen. Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/University of Maryland

The name of one of the two missions not selected under NASA’s Discovery Program sounds like something off of the television series American Chopper – [...]

A Mission Ahead of its TiME?

One of the missions not selected under NASA’s Discovery Program was the Titan Mare Explorer or TiME. This mission would have seen the first “ship” cruise on an alien sea. Image Credit: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Lockheed Martin

There was more than a little outcry over the selection of the InSight mission [...]

ATK's Lighter, Stronger Solar Arrays to Power Orion

Image Credit: ATK

NASA has selected ATK’s MegaFlex™ solar array design under the space agency’s Space Technology Program thru a competition held to develop lightweight, compact, solar array structures. Under this program, ATK received a little over $6 million to develop the MegaFlex™ design. These solar arrays will be developed at ATK’s Space Components Division located in Goleta, Calif., [...]

NASA's Next Mission Will Give InSight into Mars' Interior

An artist’s concept of the InSight lander drilling into the surface. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Yesterday, NASA announced its next mission. We’re going back to Mars in 2016 to get a look at the red planet’s internal structure with the aptly named InSight mission. The goal is for scientists to get some (pardon the pun) [...]

Proposed Mars Mission Has New Name

Artist rendition of the proposed InSight (Interior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) Lander. Image Credit: JPL / NASA

Artist rendition of the proposed InSight (Interior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) Lander. Image Credit: JPL / NASA

PASADENA, Calif. – A proposed Discovery mission concept led by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., to investigate the formation and evolution of terrestrial planets by studying the deep interior of Mars now has a [...]