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Next Launch ORB-3 on a Antares rocket from Wallops Island, VA
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27 Oct 14 22:44:00 GMT
27 Oct 14 18:44:00 EDT

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Taking Aim With ExoLance: A New Way to Search for Life on Mars

“Got Life?”—the ExoLance logo. Image Credit: Explore Mars

Is or was there life on Mars? That is one of the biggest and most hotly debated questions in planetary science. The manner in which the evidence has been searched for is also a topic of much discussion. The Viking landers in the 1970s were the [...]

Critical AEHF-3 Military Communications Satellite Ready for Atlas V Launch

This version of the Atlas V employs a fairing (the protective cover covering the payload) made in Switzerland, three solid rocket boosters manufactured by Aerojet, and RD-180 engines produced in Russia. Photo Credit: United Launch Alliance

United Launch Alliance (ULA)—the Centennial, Colo.-based launch services organization, which operates the Atlas V and Delta IV vehicles [...]

New Era in Space Exploration? Planetary Resources Crowdfunded Arkyd Space Telescope Reaches Goal

Image Credit: Planetary Resources

After a month-long campaign, Planetary Resources, Inc., a company with its eye on mining asteroids, reached its goal on Sunday, June 30 of raising $1.5 million through crowdfunding. The money, pledged by 17,600 supporters through the Kickstarter website, will go toward launching the world’s first public-use space telescope—Arkyd. Due to [...]

What Does it Take to Photograph Spacecraft in a Clean-Room?

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — It isn’t every day that one gets to go into the clean rooms located at Astrotech’s facilities in Titusville, Fla. When a member of the media does so, it’s usually to take images or video of the spacecraft that are processed there. The procedure [...]

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) [...]