Speed and Power: Remembering Columbia's STS-52 Launch, 25 Years Later

Twenty-five years ago, STS-52 launched on a truly international mission, with U.S., European and Canadian participation. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

“A very long six seconds,” said STS-52 Commander Jim Wetherbee, of his final moments on Earth, “because by now, your brain’s working overtime!” A quarter-century ago, today, on 22 October 1992, Wetherbee […]

A Closer Look at Enigmatic Ceres: NASA's Dawn Mission Extended For Second Time

Artist’s conception of Dawn orbiting Ceres. Soon the spacecraft will be in its lowest-ever orbit around the dwarf planet. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has been orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres since March 2015, providing the first close-up views of this rocky and icy world residing in the main asteroid belt between Mars […]

Handover Complete? 10 Years Since Whitson Became First Female Space Station Commander

Commander Peggy Whitson (back right) affixes her crew’s Expedition 16 patch to a surface aboard the International Space Station (ISS), as outgoing Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (back left) looks on. Photo Credit: NASA

The event was almost an anticlimax. On 19 October 2007, ten years ago today, Peggy Whitson became the first woman […]

A Billion Miles to Saturn: 20 Years Since the Launch of Cassini

The second Titan IVB roars aloft on 15 October 1997, carrying the Cassini mission to Saturn. Photo Credit: NASA

In the pre-dawn darkness of 15 October 1997, exactly two decades ago, this very day, one of the largest and most powerful rockets ever brought to operational service was poised for launch on Space Launch […]

Three Spacefarers from Three Nations Prepare for Four-Month Mission to Space Station

Soyuz MS-07 crew consists of Commander Anton Shkaplerov (center), with Scott Tingle (right) as Flight Engineer-1 and Norishige Kanai (left) as Flight Engineer-2. Photo Credit: NASA/Twitter

Three spacefarers from the United States, Russia and Japan gathered at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas, yesterday (Wednesday, 11 October), to discuss their upcoming voyage […]

Complexity and Challenge: Dawn Project Manager Speaks of Difficult Voyage to Vesta and Ceres

This artist’s concept shows NASA’s Dawn spacecraft heading toward the dwarf planet Ceres. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

A decade of operations in deep space is no longer a unique understanding, as we have seen in recent weeks, as Cassini ended 13 years of spectacular science at Saturn and the international Dawn mission celebrated ten years exploring […]

'Cradle of Life' on Mars? Scientists Discover Evidence for Hydrothermal Deposits in Ancient Sea

Part of the Eridania basin, where ancient hydrothermal deposits have been surrounded by younger volcanic deposits in what was once a sea. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Does Mars, or did it ever, have life? We still don’t know the answer to that question, but scientists have found new evidence that at least one region had […]

'Penitentes on Steroids': Scientists Solve Enigma of Pluto's Massive Ice Blades

Pluto’s “bladed terrain” as seen by New Horizons in 2015. Photo Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

Pluto is an intriguing little world, full of geological surprises, as New Horizons revealed back in 2015. This cold, remote body was expected to be pretty much inactive, but instead we saw a place with nitrogen ice “seas” and glaciers, tall […]

Three Spacewalks Ahead for Expedition 53 Crew

Veteran spacewalker Randy Bresnik will lead all three upcoming sessions of Extravehicular Activity (EVA). Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Three U.S. astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station (ISS) over the next two weeks to undertake a series of maintenance tasks on the exterior of the orbiting outpost. Expedition 53 Commander Randy […]

Webb Launch Slips to 2019 for Integration and Testing Delays at Northrop Grumman

Engineers conducting a white light inspection of the James Webb Space Telescope. Photo NASA/Chris Gunn

The launch of NASA’s multi-billion dollar James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has slipped from October 2018 to sometime between March and June 2019, following a recently conducted schedule assessment by NASA which determined integration and testing of the spacecraft’s […]