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How To Hit A Landing Target On Mars … Potentially, Precisely and Perfectly!

A Xombie technology demonstrator from Masten Space Systems. Photo Credit: NASA / Masten

It’s frustrating to make it all the way to Mars, only to land in the wrong spot. So as Masten Space Systems tests its Xombie vertical-launch-vertical-landing rocket prototype on Earth, engineers are also examining a software solution to make Red Planet [...]

Mobile Service Tower Rolled Back in Preparation for Launch of WGS-6

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The Mobile Service Tower (MST) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37 (SLC-37) was rolled back the length of a football field revealing the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Medium rocket within. This impressive display is just one [...]

NASA Video Celebrates Curiosity's First Year on Mars

Video courtesy NASA / JPL

NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) released a video encompassing the last year of the Curiosity rover digging, scooping, and drilling for science on Mars.

Curiosity is the car-sized rover launched on November 26, 2011, as part of the [...]

United Launch Alliance Accomplishing Milestones at Rapid Pace

The rapid pace of United Launch Alliance was made apparent during the lead up to the recent launch of an Atlas V rocket (which took place on July 19). Over at a nearby pad, ULA was preparing another rocket to be launched just 19 days later on Aug. 7. Photo Credit: ULA

While there [...]

ULA Atlas V Launches US Navy's MUOS-2

Despite dire weather predictions, United Launch Alliance successfully delivered the MUOS 2 spacecraft orbit via the venerable Atlas V rocket. Liftoff occurred at 9 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Today United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully sent the [...]

NASA's 2020 Mars Rover Begins to Take Shape

NASA image of proposed 2020 Mars rover.

NASA detailed its plans for the next robotic mission to Mars on Tuesday, July 9 during a conference held in Washington, D.C. This mission will use a robot similar to the successful Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity which touched down on the surface of Mars almost one [...]

Curiosity's Long Roll to Mount Sharp Begins

In this panorama shot, one can see the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity’s view of its destination—Mount Sharp on Mars. Photo Credit: NASA / JPL / Caltech / MSSS

Curiosity is approaching the biggest turning point to date in its planned two-year mission of exploration on the Red Planet. This is according to NASA [...]

From ISS to Mars: A SpaceX Odyssey

SpaceX—the first company to send a spacecraft to orbit and have it return safely to Earth, the first company to journey to and deliver supplies to the International Space Station—appears to be setting its sights on Mars. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

Mars, the world that has transfixed so many for so long, [...]

Curiosity Finds Radiation Levels That Could Impact Human Mars Missions

Findings from the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity reveal the amount of radiation that astronauts would be exposed to exceeds career limits imposed by NASA. Photo Credit: NASA

Mars might be further out of reach than we previously thought. This stems from recent findings made by the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover Curiosity’s Radiation [...]

Nine-Year-Old Mars Rover Passes 40-Year-Old Record

On the 3,309th Martian day, or sol, of its mission on Mars (May 15, 2013), NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity drove 263 feet (80 meters) southward along the western rim of Endeavour Crater. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

PASADENA, Calif — While Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt visited Earth’s moon for three days in [...]