NASA's FYI 2017 Budget Request May Delay SLS Europa Mission Several Years

We are finally going back to Europa, but it may be a little later than originally planned. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute

The recently announced new mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, a highly anticipated return to this ocean world, may face a launch delay from 2022 to the late 2020s. The news comes amid […]

Flying the Friendly Martian Skies: NASA to Test Mars Airplane Prototype

Artist’s conception of the Prandtl-m airplane flying above the surface of Mars. Image Credit: NASA Illustration/Dennis Calaba

For several decades, Mars has been a busy place, with orbiters, landers, and rovers providing unprecedented views of the Red Planet. Another exciting possibility which has yet to be realized is an airplane, which could soar […]

'Space Frog' Joins List of Wayward Animal Launch Day Casualties

Being an animal who calls one of the locations that NASA launches from home can be extremely hazardous to your health. Images courtesy of NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The list of animal launch day casualties increased by one (that we’re aware of) this past week with the launch of NASA’s LADEE spacecraft […]

Moon-Bound LADEE Spacecraft Back On Track After Minor Problem

NASA’s latest spacecraft bound for the Moon, LADEE, has encountered and recovered from a glitch on the way to survey the lunar atmosphere. Image Credit: NASA / Ames

NASA’s $280 million Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission, or LADEE, is well on its way to the Moon after the compact car-size spacecraft […]

NASA to Share the Universe With Instagram Users Through Its Images

NASA’s LADEE mission begins its journey to the Moon with a spectacular liftoff from Pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island, Va., on 6 September 2013. The mission marked the maiden voyage of the five-stage Minotaur V rocket. Photo Credit: NASA-Wallops/Chris Perry

NASA is launching an official Instagram profile […]

NASA 'Hawks' Keep Eye on Hurricanes

How does NASA keep an eye on hurricanes that threaten the U.S.? Via high-tech “Hawks” circling high overhead! Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace

I was given the opportunity to visit one of the hangars at Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) to review NASA’s Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that are stationed there. […]

NASA Announces New Strategic Vision for Aeronautics Research

Photo Credit: NASA/ Carla Thomas

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has unveiled a new strategic vision that will better align the work of the agency’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate to address looming challenges in global air transportation.

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X-48 Project Completes Flight Research for Cleaner, Quieter Aircraft

The unique X-48B Blended Wing Body subscale demonstrator banks over desert scrub at Edwards AFB. NASA photo / Carla Thomas

EDWARDS, Calif — NASA’s remotely piloted X-48C hybrid-wing-body subscale aircraft, which demonstrates technology concepts for cleaner and quieter commercial air travel, completed an eight-month flight research campaign on April 9.

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NASA Warned About Possible Violation

NASA’s Langley Research Center joins NASA’s Ames Research Center in Congress’ security cross-hairs. In a March 4th letter to NASA Administrator Bolden, House Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf notified NASA that it might be in violation of law in allowing officials from China to attend the Committee on Earth Observation […]