'Second-Class Endeavor': Remembering Project Viking, First Fully Successful Mars Landing Mission (Part 1)

Panoramic view of the terrain in Chryse Planitia at the Viking 1 landing site. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Heading into the homestretch of the 21st century’s second decade, we have grown accustomed to a steady output of scientific data and imagery from our robotic emissaries in orbit and upon the surface of Mars. Spacecraft from […]

'Safing In Work': Remembering Discovery's Almost-Liftoff, On This Day a Quarter-Century Ago

After a month-long wait for launch, following a harrowing pad abort on 12 August 1993, STS-51 thunders into space on 12 September. Photo Credit: NASA

“T-minus 30 seconds…”

The words of launch commentator George Diller at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida at 9:12 a.m. EDT on 12 August 1993—a quarter-century ago, this […]

Parker Solar Probe: The Science of 'Touching the Sun'

In only a few days, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be launched to “Touch the Sun.” Image Credit: NASA

With the upcoming launch of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP) scientists are about to reach out and “touch the Sun” for the first time ever. The probe will fly through the incredibly hostile atmosphere of […]

SpaceX Launches, Lands First Reused ‘Block 5’ on 60th Falcon 9 Launch with Merah Putih Satellite

Launch of Merah Putih on the first reused SpaceX’ ‘Block 5’ Falcon 9 rocket, marking the 60th Falcon 9 mission on Aug 7, 2018. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Two weeks after seeing off the heavyweight Telstar 19V mission for Ottawa, Canada-based Telesat, Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, […]

New Horizons Team Successfully Observes New Stellar Occultation of Ultima Thule

Paul Maley and Ted Blank, of the International Occultation Timing Association, observe the occultation of Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule on the morning of June 3, 2017, from the Karoo desert near Vosburg, South Africa. Photo Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Henry Throop

Astronomers have just completed another observation of New Horizons’ next flyby target, Ultima Thule (aka […]

'Limits to Inhibit': Remembering Challenger's Dramatic 51F Launch, On This Day in 1985

After one false start, Challenger roars into orbit on 29 July 1985, to begin the Spacelab-2 science mission. It would be one of the most dramatic near-misses in the 30-year shuttle program. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

More than three decades ago, one of the most complex Space Shuttle science missions ever undertaken […]

TESS Begins Hunt for Other Earths, Opening New Chapter in Exoplanet Research

Artist’s illustration of TESS is space. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

The next big chapter in exoplanet research has begun – NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has started its science observations. This is exciting since TESS will be searching for rocky, Earth-like and potentially habitable planets orbiting nearby stars. TESS is […]

Iridium NEXT Nears Completion With Third 'Block 5' Falcon 9 Launch

The seventh batch of Iridium NEXT satellites take flight in cloudy conditions at Vandenberg at 4:39 a.m. PDT Wednesday, 25 July. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Beginning a continuous run of touchdowns on either oceanic vessels or ground-based landing pads, against many odds, SpaceX has successfully alighted a second Upgraded Falcon 9 core on the deck […]

'Whatever Was Needed': Remembering the Hair-Raising Rise to Orbit of STS-93

After two false starts, Columbia rises to orbit at 1:21 a.m. EDT on 23 July 1999. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost two decades ago, on 23 July 1999, the first woman ever to lead a space mission was launched aboard shuttle Columbia to deliver NASA’s $1.5 billion Chandra X-ray Observatory into a highly elliptical orbit. […]

SpaceX Launches 13th Mission of 2018 With Telstar 19 Vantage Satellite, Lands Booster Offshore

Telstar 19 VANTAGE headed to orbit atop SpaceX’s second ‘Block 5’ Falcon 9 rocket on July 22, 2018 at 1:50am EDT from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

Ten weeks after launching the first Block 5 of its Falcon 9 fleet—laden with Bangladesh’s first geostationary-orbiting […]