NASA's InSight Mission to Mars Approved for Spring 2018 Launch

Artist’s conception of InSight on the surface of Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s InSight mission to Mars will now go ahead as planned, it was announced today. After a delay due to a vacuum leak last December, with a launch originally slated for last March, it was unclear whether the mission would still […]

NASA's Europa Mission Facing Possible Budget Cuts in 2017

Artist’s conception of the Europa Clipper spacecraft near Europa. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

For a long time now, there has been growing interest in sending a mission back to Jupiter to better study one moon in particular: Europa. Previous missions such as Voyager and Galileo showed us this world up close for the first […]

Back to the Moon? New House Bill Defunds NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission

Artist’s conception of the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). The new House bill directs NASA to bypass this mission and return to the Moon instead, before going to Mars. Image Credit: NASA

Sending human astronauts to Mars is a dream shared by many, but there are still challenges to overcome and the question of […]

Opportunity Rover Begins 'Mountain Climbing' Up Steep Ridge at Endeavour Crater

Panoramic view of Knudsen Ridge, where Opportunity has been climbing a steep 30 degree slope. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/ASU/James Sorenson

NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars may have been stealing the spotlight in recent years, but the other rover, Opportunity, is still going strong after 12 long years. Opportunity has survived the harsh environment and […]

Incredible Opportunity: '90-Day Rover' Celebrates 12th Anniversary on Mars

Opportunity examining the rock outcrop called “Private John Potts” on the southern side of Marathon Valley. The rover has just passed its 12th anniversary milestone and is still going strong. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

We’ve all seen the commercials for the Energizer Bunny, which keeps going and going and going. … It just never […]

New 2016 NASA Budget Fully Funds Europa Mission, Including Lander

A view many have been waiting for – artist’s concept of the surface of Europa. The new NASA budget brings this closer to reality, with funding for not only a flyby probe, but also a lander. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This was an exciting and very important week for NASA and planetary exploration: the […]

'Ocean Worlds Exploration Program': New Budget Proposal Calls for Missions to Europa, Enceladus and Titan

Artist’s conception of Europa’s interior, with water rising through cracks in the surface, depositing salts similar to sea salt on Earth. The ocean below may be a habitable environment for some kind of life. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The exploration of the outer Solar System has revealed a plethora of amazing worlds, the likes […]

White House Proposes 2016 NASA Budget

Bolden Announces NASA 2015 Budget Credit: 2015 Talia Landman/AmericaSpace.com

Today was both Groundhog Day–Punxsutawney Phil said winter will last an extra six weeks–and the release of the White House’s proposed budget for NASA for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2015. The White House’s Office of Management and Budget, the actual […]

The Win-Lose of US-China Space Cooperation (China Wins; US Loses)

Would a partnership with China be beneficial to U.S. space efforts? Given recent alleged high-profile hacks of U.S. installations, the country’s poor human rights record, and a litany of other issues, the answer is probably “Bu.” Image Credit: NASA

Ten months after his first term inauguration, President Obama met with President Hu Jintao […]

Budget Numbers

NASA v. US Budget

There have been a few people make the mistake of assuming that lowering NASA’s budget will lower the deficit. Our NASA Administrator and his Deputy, for example. While in the aggregate, yes, subtracting $5 B/year from a $1.276 T deficit does lower that amount, it’s by just a hair’s, […]