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NASA Awards Astrotech Contract for MMS Satellite Processing

Image Credit: Astrotech

ASTROTECH CORPORATION and its Astrotech Space Operations subsidiary, leading providers of commercial space services, announced that NASA has awarded Astrotech a contract to provide facilities and pre-launch processing services for the Magnetospheric MultiScale (MMS) mission to launch in late 2014.

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NASA Mission Discovers Particle Accelerator in Heart of Van Allen Radiation Belts

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Using data from a NASA satellite, scientists have discovered a massive particle accelerator in the heart of one of the harshest regions of near-Earth space, a region of super-energetic, charged particles surrounding the globe and known as the Van Allen radiation belts.

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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 [...]

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 [...]

AmericaSpace Photographer has Image Selected by NASA APOD

Photo Credit: Mike Killian – AmericaSpace / ARES Institute

AmericaSpace photographer Mike Killian took this time-elapsed shot from the recent launch of an Atlas V 401 rocket with the Radiation Belt Storm Probes spacecraft onboard. NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day (NASA APOD). The picture shows a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas rocket – [...]

RBSP Rides ULA Atlas V to 'Storm' Heaven's Secrets

Photo Credit: Mike Killian – ARES Institute / AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — NASA’s twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) satellites slowly, steadily rode a Atlas V 401 launch vehicle to orbit Saturday, Aug. 30 at 4:05 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41). This is the second scientific mission launched [...]

Weather Scrubs NASA's Second RBSP Launch Attempt

Weather moves in over SLC-41 and the Atlas-V rocket with NASA's twin RBSP spacecraft. Photo Credit: Mike Killian for Zero-G News and AmericaSpace

Weather moves in over SLC-41 and the Atlas-V rocket with NASA’s twin RBSP spacecraft. Photo Credit: Mike Killian for Zero-G News and AmericaSpace

NASA’s RBSP mission will have to wait at least 24 more hours before trying to launch for a third time.  Weather in the form of cumulous clouds and lightning scrubbed Saturday [...]

Range Issues Foil RBSP

Image Credit: Mike Killian – AmericaSpace / ARES Institute

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — NASA and United Launch Alliance (ULA) were all set to launch the Radiation Belt Storm Probe mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex-41 in Florida – but it was not to be. Weather was not an issue with [...]

ULA Ready to Launch NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probe Satellites

In this image, captured by Julian Leek, the Atlas V 401 rocket exits United Launch Alliance’s Vertical Integration Facility in Florida on its way to the launch pad. Launch is currently scheduled for 4:07 a.m. EDT on Aug. 23. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studios

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — This morning at [...]

Launch Viewing Guide: Atlas-V Rocket To Launch NASA's RBSP Mission Friday

Credit: NASA

Image Credit: NASA

NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission is scheduled to launch atop a 19-story tall Atlas-V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 41 early Friday morning, August 24.  This particular Atlas-V rocket will fly in the 401 vehicle configuration with no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur [...]