Visiting Saturn: 40 Years Since Pioneer 11's Mission to Giant Ringed Planet

Pioneer 11 became the first robotic visitor to Saturn, passing the ringed world in September 1979. Photo Credit: NASA

Spectacular Saturn—the Solar System’s second-largest planet—has been known to humanity for millennia, although only in the last few centuries since the invention of the telescope has its nature and its glorious system of rings entered […]

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Now Fully Assembled for 2021 Launch

View od the fully assembled James Webb Space Telescope. The sunshield and unitized pallet structures (UPSs) that fold up around the telescope for launch, are partially deployed to enable telescope installation. Photo Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) just took another big step towards completion, as the two halves it was […]

CRS-18 Dragon Wraps Up Month-Long Mission; Returns Science Samples to Earth

CRS-18 departs the International Space Station (ISS) early Tuesday morning. Photo Credit: NASA

More than a month since its arrival, SpaceX’s CRS-18 Dragon cargo ship departed the International Space Station (ISS) and returned to Earth earlier today (Tuesday), bringing around 2,700 pounds (1,225 kg) of experiments and payloads back home and into the hands […]

Shrinking Triton: Remembering Voyager 2's Encounter With Neptune, 30 Years On (Part 4)

Neptune, as seen by Voyager 2 in 1989. No other missions have yet returned to this enigmatic world. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL

READ Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of AmericaSpace’s Neptune 30th anniversary commemorative feature.

Thirty years ago today, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft swept silently over the royal-blue clouds of Neptune at […]

Wild World: Remembering Voyager 2's Encounter With Neptune, 30 Years On (Part 3)

The Great Dark Spot and Bright Companion, together with the chevron-like “Scooter” are visible in this Voyager 2 image of Neptune. Photo Credit: NASA

READ Part 1 and Part 2 of AmericaSpace’s Neptune 30th anniversary commemorative feature.

Thirty years ago this weekend, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft swept silently above Neptune’s royal-blue cloud-tops and […]

Back to Europa! NASA Confirms Next Phase of Mission to Ocean Moon

Artist’s concept of Europa Clipper during a flyby of Europa. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s next mission back to Jupiter’s moon Europa just took another big step towards reality. The next phase of Europa Clipper has been confirmed, giving the go-ahead for the mission to proceed to final design, construction and testing.

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Artemis Updates

Artemis 1 Core Stage. Photo: Jim Hillhouse / AmericaSpace.com

NASA’s Administrator Jim Bridenstine is passionate, very passionate, about getting people exploring space again. That comes through clearly when he speaks, whether about Artemis’ goal of landing on the Moon by 2024 or the Orion and Space Launch System (SLS) programs that will blaze a trail […]

Spacewalkers Install IDA-3 for SpaceX & Boeing; ISS Ready for Commercial Crews

Spacewalkers Nick Hague (top) and Andrew Morgan install the International Docking Adapter (IDA-3) to the Pressurized Mating Adapter on top of the station’s Harmony module. Credits: NASA

Veteran spacewalker Nick Hague and recently-arrived Expedition 60 crewmate Drew Morgan ventured outside the International Space Station (ISS) earlier today (Wednesday) to cap off preparations for the […]

First Vulcan to Launch America's Return to the Moon with 'Peregrine' Lander in 2021

Astrobotic has selected United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Vulcan Centaur rocket to launch its Peregrine lunar lander to the Moon in 2021, on the rocket’s maiden flight. Astrobotic was selected by NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program to deliver up to 14 NASA payloads to the Moon. Images: ULA / Astrobotic

The United Launch […]

Remembering Voyager 2’s Visit With Neptune, 30 Years On (Part 2)

Artist’s concept of Triton and its thin atmosphere, with Neptune and the distant Sun in the background. Image Credit: European Southern Observatory (ESO)

Thirty years ago, this month, humans and technology steeled themselves for the last, first-time, close-up glimpse of a new planet in the 20th century. NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft, launched in August […]