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 […]

First Data From NASA's Parker Solar Probe Reveals Sun in New, Surprising Ways

Artist’s concept of Parker Solar Probe during a close flyby of the Sun. Image Credit: Steve Gribben/NASA/JH-APL

Thanks to NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP), scientists are now learning more about the Sun than ever possible before. The newest findings were announced this morning during a media teleconference.

[…]

NASA’s Next Mars Rover Will Explore Ancient Lakeshore for Martian Fossils

Color-coded image of Jezero Crater and the landing site of Mars 2020 (in the ellipse). The delta is on the western side of the crater. Darker colors are lower elevation and lighter colors are higher. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

For the past few decades, rovers and landers on Mars have focused on finding out whether […]

Parker Solar Probe Marks 1st Year with 50% More Data than Expected from Flybys of Sun

Artist’s conception of the Parker Solar Probe making a close flyby of the Sun. Image Credit: Steve Gribben/NASA/JH-APL

Today, August 12, is the first-year anniversary of the launch of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP), which is already revolutionizing our understanding of the nearest star, our Sun. PSP is conducting multiple close flybys, coming closer […]

Parker Solar Probe Makes Second Fiery Flyby of the Sun

Artist’s conception of the Parker Solar Probe making a close approach to the Sun. Image Credit: Steve Gribben/NASA/JH-APL

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP) made its second close approach of the Sun yesterday – the closest that any spacecraft has ever flown past any star.

PSP passed through the outermost layers of the Sun’s atmosphere, […]

Engineers Conduct Successful First Tests of Mars 2020 Rover

View of the backshell that will help protect the Mars 2020 rover during its descent into the Martian atmosphere, during the Systems Test 1 (ST1). Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The landing of the Mars 2020 rover on Feb. 18, 2021 may still be almost two years away, but NASA’s newest Mars rover has already “touched […]

'Old Reliable': 60 Years Since a Weapon of War Became a Rocket for Space

One of the earliest rockets to be launched from Cape Canaveral was the Army’s Redstone missile, which later evolved into the vehicle seen here delivering America’s first man into space. Photo Credit: NASA

Sixty years ago, this week, a weapon of war became a rocket for space. On 8 January 1959, the U.S. […]