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NASA Seeks Science Instrument Proposals for Future Mission to Europa

The Europa Clipper is a leading contender for a return mission to Jupiter’s ocean moon. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

For many space enthusiasts, a new mission to Jupiter’s ocean moon Europa is high up on their wishlists. Today, NASA announced that they are seeking proposals for science instruments for just such a mission, bringing it one step [...]

PHOTOS: Antares Thunders Toward Space Station on Orbital's Second Contracted NASA Resupply Mission

The Orbital Sciences Antares rocket, thundering away from MARS Pad 0A at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to begin a 17,500 mph chase to catch the International Space Station, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

On Sunday, July 13, Orbital Sciences Corporation successfully launched their 22-story-tall Antares rocket on its [...]

Commentary: Forty-Five Years After Apollo 11—An Inspiration For the Future, or Just Another Anniversary? (Part 1)

Artist’s concept image of a boot print on the Moon and on Mars. This week marks the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11′s landing on the Moon, in 20 July 1969. Will this anniversary be celebrated as just another historical event ever-receding further into the past, or as a source of inspiration for future achievements [...]

Achievement Unlocked: Testing Complete on James Webb Telescope's Backplane Structure

An artist’s concept of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Image Credit: NASA/ESA

NASA announced on July 8 that it had completed static load testing on the James Webb Space Telescope’s (JWST) Primary Mirror Backplane Support Structure (PMBSS). The testing was completed by two of the contractors tapped to work on JWST, the Northrop [...]

Antares Successfully Launches ORB-2 Cygnus Mission to Space Station

Antares rumbles away from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at 12:52 p.m. EDT Sunday, 13 July. Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

After many delays, Orbital Sciences Corp. has successfully launched its second dedicated Cygnus cargo mission toward the International Space Station (ISS). Liftoff of the two-stage Antares booster, carrying Cygnus—whose mission, designated [...]

'Totally Different Moon': 45 Years Since Apollo 11 Changed the World (Part 2)

To Mike Collins, the contrast between the iridescence of life on Earth and the barren, forbidding nature of the Moon was striking and profound. Photo Credit: NASA

When Apollo 11 and its three-man crew—Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin—rose into space 45 years ago, this week, on the morning of 16 July 1969, they [...]

Riding on Interstellar Winds: New Solar Outburst Confirms NASA's Voyager 1 Spacecraft Has Exited Heliosphere

Recent measurements of plasma waves at the vicinity of Voyager 1 confirm previous results which showed that the spacecraft has exited the heliosphere and entered interstellar space. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

“Sailors on a becalmed sea, we sense the stirring of a breeze.”

— Carl Sagan, “Pale Blue Dot” (1994)

 

In the last couple [...]

'All Engines Running': 45 Years Since Apollo 11 Changed the World (Part 1)

Captured from a remote camera, this ghostly image records the instant of our species’ first steps into the Universe around us. Even humanity’s first footfalls on the Red Planet or any other world in the years to come, nothing can ever match the history-making audacity of what Neil Armstrong achieved one hot summer’s night [...]

Propulsion Issues Put Plans for 'Vintage' ISEE-3 Spacecraft on Ice

From the ISEE-3 Reboot Project: “An artist’s rendering depicts the satellite ISEE-3/ICE during its planned lunar fly-by in August 2014.” Image Credit: Mark Maxwell/ISEE-3 Reboot Project

While the spacecraft may have been frozen in time, the excitement over its reawakening was brand new.

But the effort to re-purpose the long-dormant International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 (ISEE-3) [...]

Janice Voss Returns to Space as ORB-2 Cygnus Stands Ready for Sunday Launch to ISS

Impressive view of the Antares vehicle (left) and the ORB-2 Cygnus, encapsulated within its bulbous payload shroud, pictured in the Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) at Wallops. Photo Credit: Ken Kremer

Six months since it last lofted a Cygnus cargo vessel toward the International Space Station (ISS), Orbital Sciences Corp. is primed to fly the [...]