Aging Studies, Muscle Investigations, and Other Biological Research Keeping ISS Expedition 43 Busy

Expedition 43 crew member and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti working with the C. elegans muscle experiment last week on the ISS. Photo Credit: Twitter via @AstroSamantha

The Expedition 43 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) kept busy last week working on a large variety of research and experiments, most […]

Rest In Pieces: MESSENGER Ends Orbital Operations, Impacts Mercury's Surface

The MESSENGER spacecraft, depicted in this artist’s rendering, began studying Mercury in 2011. Today, its mission ended with its impact on the far side of the planet. Image Credit: NASA

Here’s MESSENGER by the numbers: Years since launching: 10+; Years in Mercury’s orbit: Four; Number of orbits: 4,105; Size of its impact crater: Estimated […]

MESSENGER Mission Nears Its End, Set for Mercury Impact April 30

A global map of Mercury, composed of thousands of individual images from MESSENGER. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

One of the most oft-repeated quotes in the English lexicon is: “There’s no place like home.” One spacecraft’s long journey, begun in 2004, will end as it impacts upon the […]

Human Research Studies, Maintenance, and Preparations for Return Home Highlight Busy Week on ISS

European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst gives a wave goodbye as he spends his last day in the Cupola onboard ISS. From Gerst, “Thanks to all for flying to space with me, it’s been a blast. I am glad we did this together!” Photo Credit: NASA/ESA/@Astro_Alex via Twitter

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Dream Chaser’s SUV-Like Flexibility and Runway Landing Offer Competitive Advantages: One-on-One Interview With SNC VP Mark Sirangelo (Part 5)

Astronaut crew exits commercial Dream Chaser after touchdown at Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) or other commercial runways, on return from ISS mission in this artist’s concept. Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Story updated

The winged Dream Chaser’s “SUV-like” flexibility to act as both a crew transporter and “specialized research laboratory,” combined with a global […]

Global Partnerships Pave Path Forward for Private International Dream Chaser for Multiple Purposes: One-on-One Interview With SNC VP Mark Sirangelo (Part 4)

Global partnerships could one day lead to European or Japanese versions of the Dream Chaser docking at the ISS in this artist’s concept. Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)

By amassing “global partnerships with 21 space agencies,” the private Dream Chaser space plane has a solid foundation and “a path to continue” forward, Mark Sirangelo, […]

SNC Teams Up with Japan's Space Agency to Further Dream Chaser's Development and Potential

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser engineering test vehicle is towed across the ramp at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in preparation for tow tests on a Dryden taxiway. The tow tests were part of ground tests in preparation for captive-carry and free-flight tests last year at NASA Dryden. Photo Credit: NASA / Ken Ulbrich

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GPM Core Observatory Rockets Into Orbit on Mission to Monitor Global Precipitation

The joint NASA-JAXA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory lifts off from the Tanegashima Space Centre, atop a H-IIA vehicle. Photo Credit: JAXA, with thanks to Mike Barrett

One of the world’s most reliable launch vehicles—the Japanese H-IIA—has further cemented its credentials by delivering an ambitious mission into orbit to monitor Earth’s precipitation levels […]

Epsilon-1 Flies: New Japanese Rocket Launches SPRINT-A Ultraviolet Observatory Into Orbit

Japan’s Epsilon vehicle represents a marriage of technology from the H-IIA and M-V rockets. Image Credit: JAXA

Good things come to those who wait, and success has finally visited the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) with a rousing launch of its first Epsilon rocket from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture. Liftoff of […]

Japan's Epsilon Rocket Stands Ready for Maiden Launch on Saturday

Artist’s impression of Japan’s new Epsilon rocket, which marries H-IIA and M-V launch vehicle technology. The rocket will deliver the SPRINT-A ultraviolet observatory into low-Earth orbit on Saturday. Image Credit: JAXA

Three weeks after “an attitude abnormality” forced its first launch attempt to be scrubbed, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is ready to […]