United Launch Alliance’s Delta II Tapped to Launch ICESat-2 by NASA

NASA has selected the United Launch Alliance Delta II to send its ICESat-2 spacecraft into polar orbit. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The Launch Services Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, located in Florida, has selected United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Delta II rocket to launch the agency’s Ice, […]

Planet Directly Observed Orbiting Distant Star

This false-color near-infrared image has been processed to remove most of the scattered light from the star Kappa Andromedae (masked out at center).The “super-Jupiter” companion, Kappa Andromedae b (upper left), lies at a projected distance of about 55 times the average distance between Earth and the sun and about 1.8 times farther than […]

James Webb Space Telescope Gains 'Golden Eye'

In this image the James Webb Space Telescope’s secondary mirror is worked on by several engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Photo Credit: Chris Gunn / NASA

NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has gained a golden “eye.” The eye is actually a secondary mirror which is coated […]

One Year To Launch: MAVEN Spacecraft Prepares For NASA's Next Mars Mission

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission is part of NASA's Mars Scout program. Set to launch in 2013, the mission will explore the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind, giving insight into the history of Mars' atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability. Image Credit: Corby Waste/NASA JPL

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission is part of NASA’s Mars Scout program. Set to launch in 2013, the mission will explore the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere and its interactions with the sun and solar wind, giving insight into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability. […]

A CHopper That Would Have Had an Amazing Ride

One of the two missions that was not selected under NASA’s Discovery Program was the Comet Hopper or “CHopper” mission to the comet Wirtanen. Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/University of Maryland

The name of one of the two missions not selected under NASA’s Discovery Program sounds like something off of the television series American Chopper […]

LRO Finds Helium in Moon's Thin Atmosphere

The text points out the location of the LAMP instrument on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Photo Credit: NASA/Debbie McCallum, edited by Christopher Paul

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified trace amounts of helium gas in the Moon’s tenuous atmosphere. Using its LAMP (Lyman Alpha Mapping Project) instrument, it identified the gently glow of […]

A New Face On The Moon

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The NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft, which in late June marked three years in lunar polar orbit, is continuing to build on its list of major discoveries that is putting a new face on the Moon.

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Cassini Mission Team Presented With Smithsonian's Highest Group Honor

An artist's concept of Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion (SOI) maneuver, just after the main engine has begun firing. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

An artist's concept of Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion (SOI) maneuver, just after the main engine has begun firing. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

NASA’s Cassini mission, which launched in 1997 and has been studying Saturn and its many moons since 2004, was recently awarded the Trophy for Current Achievement by the Smithsonian National […]

Tornados Threaten U. S., But Are Bigger on Mars and Gigantic on Sun

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The deadly tornados prowling the Midwest and South are one of the planet’s most powerful type of storm. But tornados are far larger on Mars and so gigantic on the Sun that a dozen Earths could stack inside them (video above). Remarkably, magnetic tornados also soar above the planet Mercury.

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