A Head Filled With Seawater: Remembering Liberty Bell 7, Six Decades On

OTD in 1961, Virgil “Gus” Grissom became the 2nd American to reach space. Sixty years on, AmericaSpace remembers his drama-filled 15-minute flight. […]

Beautiful View: Remembering America's First Astronaut, 60 Years On

OTD in 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space. Sixty years on, AmericaSpace looks back on his remarkable achievement. […]

NASA's Perseverance Rover Set for Launch to Mars Tomorrow

ULA’s Atlas V rocket stands poised to launch NASA’s next rover to Mars, Perseverance, from Cape Canaveral AFS at 7:50am EDT on July 30. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

United Launch Alliance (ULA) stands ready to deliver NASA’s long-awaited Perseverance rover to Mars on Thursday morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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The Story of the Vanishing Rocket: Remembering the MA-1 Mission, 60 Years On

OTD in 1960, NASA’s effort to someday put an American into orbit suffered a setback with the MA-1 launch failure. […]

Roar of the Bumper: Remembering the Cape's First Launch, 70 Years On

Seventy years ago today, Cape Canaveral shook to the roar of its very first rocket launch: the flight of Bumper 8. […]

NASA/ESA's Solar Orbiter Spots 'Campfires' on Sun in New and Closest Images Ever Taken

“Campfires” seen on the Sun by Solar Orbiter. They may help explain why the Sun’s atmosphere is 300 times hotter than its surface. Image Credit: Solar Orbiter/EUI Team (ESA & NASA); CSL, IAS, MPS, PMOD/WRC, ROB, UCL/MSSL

Solar Orbiter, a joint mission between NASA and ESA to study the Sun in unprecedented detail, has […]

Mars Month Dawns: Remembering America's Failed Missions to the Red Planet (Part 1)

Unlocking the secrets of the Red Planet has proven a difficult endeavor over the last six decades. No less than five U.S. space missions have failed to reach it as Mars closely guards her secrets. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL

It’s almost Mars Month and from 17 July through 11 August the next biannual “launch window” […]

'Light This Candle': Remembering America's First Astronaut, OTD in 1961

One of the few grainy images of Shepard, acquired during his brief moments of weightlessness. Photo Credit: NASA

“A damn fine month,” actor Morgan Freeman’s character Ellis “Red” Redding remarked in the movie Shawshank Redemption and, indeed, for America’s space program, the month of May—newly dawned—has long been a historic one for off-the-planet U.S. […]

Voyager 2 to Enter 11-Month 'Quiet Mode' During Deep Space Network Upgrades

The 70-meter-wide (230-feet-wide) radio antenna at the Deep Space Network’s Canberra site in Australia. It is the only antenna that that communicate with Voyager 2 from the southern hemisphere, and will be undergoing crucial upgrades for 11 months beginning in March. Photo Credit: NASA/Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

With so many space missions currently exploring […]

Meet Solar Orbiter, Launching to the Sun for Europe and NASA in Feb 2020

The European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter, an international cooperative mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA, is seen here in final processing for launch at the Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Florida on Dec 16. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

We’ve been hearing a lot about NASA’s Parker Solar Probe […]