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Roberto Vittori, Last European Shuttle Flier, Turns 50 Today

Roberto Vittori (right), who turns 50 today, is pictured with fellow Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli in Europe’s Columbus laboratory, aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in May 2011. Photo Credit: NASA

Only six Italian citizens in human history have ventured beyond the thin veil of Earth’s atmosphere and into space, and today (Wednesday, 15 [...]

Hunting In the Dark: New Results Come From Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer on ISS, But No Definite Signs of Dark Matter Yet

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer is seen here at center left, following its installation on the S3 Truss on the International Space Station by the crew of the STS-134 space shuttle mission in 2011. The orbiting particle detector has been continuously collecting data ever since, on high-energy cosmic rays. Image Credit: NASA

Some of the [...]

Two of a Kind, But One in Spaceflight: NASA Selects Proposals for Kelly Twin Studies

The Kelly brothers – Scott and Mark (left to right) – pose together in May 2008. In 2015, both will be test subjects aiding researchers in the study of spaceflight’s effects on the human body. Photo Credit: NASA

Identical twins Mark and Scott Kelly share more than just genetics – at one time, they [...]

Astronaut Gregory H. Johnson Leaves NASA

Gregory H. Johnson, a veteran of two space shuttle missions, has left NASA for pastures new. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost half a century ago, a grainy television picture of a man bouncing around on the airless surface of the Moon convinced a 7-year-old boy to someday become an astronaut. Gregory Harold Johnson was in [...]

Can Dark Matter Form Black Holes?

Our latest view of the Universe and its history obtained by the ESA Planck space probe. Image Credit: ESA/Planck Collaboration/PA.

Recent findings from the European Space Agency’s Planck spacecraft have provided some minor revisions to the currently accepted parameters of the universe. As well as it now being 13.8 billion years old, the distribution [...]

AMS-2 Finds Dark Matter? Maybe, Maybe Not

The principal investigator on the AMS-2 experiment on the International Space Station has suggested that the first findings from the AMS-2 suggest that dark matter could be a reality. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA held a news conference to detail the first findings of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer 2 (AMS-2) that was delivered to the [...]

Gabrielle Giffords and Former Astronaut Mark Kelly Make Plea for Stronger Gun Control Measures

Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly talk with Diane Sawyer on ABC World News on January 6, 2013. Photo Credit: ABC/Ida Astute

In the wake of the recent mass shootings in the U.S., there has been renewed, and intense, debate about gun control. And now, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark [...]

ESC Empowers Part 3: Payloads & Space Life Sciences

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — David Reed is a soft-spoken man with a passion for science. This much became obvious while AmericaSpace spoke with him at the Space Life Sciences Lab (SLSL) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center—where Reed is the payload engineering lead for the Engineering Services Contract [...]

Retired NASA Astronaut Mark Kelly Addresses The Man Who Tried To Murder His Wife

Retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly and his wife, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Photo Credit: Gabrielle Giffords’ office

Jared Lee Loughner, the man who killed six people in cold blood and tried to assassinate former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was given seven consecutive life prison sentences without parole at a hearing last Thursday in Tucson, [...]

California Science Center Announces Plans For Shuttle Endeavour's Arrival This Fall

Space Shuttle Endeavour atop launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, 24 hours before her final launch on STS-134. Photo Credit: Mike Killian for ARES Institute and AmericaSpace

Space Shuttle Endeavour atop launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, 24 hours before her final launch on STS-134. Photo Credit: Mike Killian for ARES Institute and AmericaSpace

Space shuttle Endeavour’s days at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida are numbered.  With just over a month before her final departure the California Science Center [...]