Black History Month: Looking Back, Looking Forward at the Contributions of African-American Astronauts

Charlie Bolden, pictured at the commander’s station on STS-60 in February 1994. This flight, 25 years ago, saw the first joint U.S.-Russian participation in manned space exploration since the Apollo-Soyuz era. Bolden went on to become NASA’s first African-American administrator. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty-five years ago, this month, an African-American astronaut commanded one of […]

'Better Than The Simulator': Remembering the Rip-Roaring Flight of STS-122

Spacewalker Rex Walheim works to outfit the exterior of Europe’s Columbus lab during STS-122. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Launching to space is undoubtedly an exciting and terrifying experience, all rolled into one, as millions of pounds of thrust combine in a controlled explosion to blast a group of humans beyond Earth’s protective […]

'Beautiful, Beautiful Moment': Ten Years Since Europe's Columbus Lab Arrived at Space Station

Spacewalker Rex Walheim works to outfit the exterior of Europe’s Columbus lab during STS-122, which launched ten years ago, this week. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Ten years ago, this month, Space Shuttle Atlantis sprang from historic Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, to kickstart the final phase of […]

NASA and the White House Pay Tribute to Sally Ride

Photo Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — NASA and President Obama are honoring the life and legacy of Sally Ride on the day a national tribute was held for the first American woman in space.

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NASA, Lockheed Martin Announce Exploration Design Challenge for Students

NASA has the first flight of the Orion spacecraft scheduled to take place in the latter half of 2014. More and more elements needed to conduct this mission have been assembled and are being readied for the inaugural flight of NASA’s new spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA

NASA and Lockheed Martin Corp., of Bethesda, Md., […]

NASA Student Mars Project Wins Education Award

Since its launch in April 2001, and arrival at its destination six months later, Mars Odyssey has proven one of NASA’s most valuable emissaries to the Red Planet. Its reach has enabled it to scan the Martian seasons, communicate with surface rovers … and draw students of all ages into its mission of scientific […]

NASA to be Part of President Obama’s Inaugural Activities Jan. 18–21

NASA is poised to play an integral role in President Obama’s upcoming inaugural festivities. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / AmericaSpace

NASA is preparing to be part of President Barack Obama’s inaugural festivities that are slated to occur from Jan. 18–21. Several events are planned to take place during this period, including an open house […]

Opinion: I.Am.Mars Highlights Media's Space Coverage Failings

Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am has the honor of producing the first song to be broadcast from Mars. Entitled “Reach for the Stars” the track has helped rekindle interest in space exploration. This effort has been championed by two-time shuttle veteran and current NASA Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin, seen here shaking hand […]

College Students Selected to Build Rovers For Fictional Mars Mission

Artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, currently en route to the red planet to investigate Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life. Students from community colleges in 24 states will be participating to design, build, and carry out missions with their own rovers in early May at NASA center in CA and TX. Image Credit: NASA

Artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, currently en route to the red planet to investigate Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life. Students from community colleges in 24 states will be participating to design, build, and carry out fictional missions with their own rovers in early May at NASA […]