Solar Orbiter Launches to the Sun, Kicking Off Ambitious 2020 Manifest for ULA

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying Solar Orbiter lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 at 11:03 p.m. EST on Feb. 9, 2020. Solar Orbiter is an international cooperative mission between ESA and NASA. Photo: ULA

Rocket launches out of Cape Canaveral, whilst not necessarily an everyday sight, do tend to have […]

ULA Clears Launch Dress Rehearsal for Solar Orbiter, now Encapsulated for Feb 7 Liftoff

ESA’s Solar Orbiter (left) is ready for launch next month on an ambitious scientific mission to observe and unlock long asked mysteries of our life-giving star. NASA has science instruments onboard, and ULA’s workhorse Atlas V rocket, which just underwent a successful WDR (right), will be responsible for getting the mission off Earth. Photos: […]

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 […]

'Lighting Up the Nighttime Sky': 10 Years Since STS-116 Brought Power to the Space Station (Part 1)

In addition to delivering the P-5 truss segment (visible at the far-right side of the P-4 arrays), the STS-116 crew retracted the port-side array of the P-6 segment. This produced an asymmetric configuration when Discovery departed the space station. Image Credit: NASA

Ten years ago, this month, Space Shuttle Discovery thundered into orbit […]

A Jewel in the Rough: Juno Returns First Rich Scientific Harvest From Jupiter

From NASA: “NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured this view as it closed in on Jupiter’s north pole, about two hours before closest approach on Aug. 27, 2016.” Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

Jupiter, with its complex layers of clouds and storms, is revealing itself to be a multifaceted jewel of a planet. Over forty years […]

James Webb’s Critical Science Component Completes Essential Tests, While Telescope Is “Optically Complete”

NASA engineer Ernie Wright looks on as the first six of eighteen flight ready James Webb Space Telescope’s primary mirror segments are prepped to begin final cryogenic testing at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (photo previously published). Photo Credit: NASA/MSFC/David Higginbotham

Less than 36 months from its launch, the James Webb Space Telescope […]

All Webb Telescope's 18 Primary Gold-Coated Mirrors Now Installed to Unravel Mysteries of the Universe

From NASA: “Inside a massive clean room at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland the James Webb Space Telescope team used a robotic am to install the last of the telescope’s 18 mirrors onto the telescope structure.” NASA/Chris Gunn

Construction of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), a NASA, European Space […]

Webb Telescope Component Completes Critical Tests as Mirror Installations Continue

Less than three years from its launch, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), an international collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), continues to take shape. As 2015 rolled into 2016, engineers working on the JWST have been busy testing one of its essential science components. On […]

Ariane 5 Contracted for Early Morning Webb Telescope Launch from Amazon in October 2018

Arianespace Ariane 5 French Guiana ESA Ariane 5 rocket GSAT 1 image credit Arianespace posted on AmericaSpace

The massive Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket, seen here in action, is now contracted to launch the James Webb Space Telescope from ESA’s launch site in French Guiana. The rocket and its multi-billion dollar space observatory, if launched on the current schedule, will fly into early morning skies from the edge of the Amazon […]

More Voyages To Jupiter: As Juno Inches Closer To Gas Giant, JUICE Comes Closer To Reality

Artist’s impression of the JUICE mission. Image cropped for publication. Image Credit: ESA/AOES

While one NASA/JPL spacecraft is less than a year out from its rendezvous with our Solar System’s largest gas giant, another Jupiter-bound spacecraft is making its way from the drawing board to becoming science reality. On Wednesday, Dec. 9, the […]