Asteroid-Bound OSIRIS-REx Arrives at NASA Kennedy for September Launch

OSIRIS-REx uncrating at the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy. Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

NASA’s first asteroid sampling spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx, arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, May 20. The spacecraft is set to undergo a series of tests and final preparations to ready it for a September launch to […]

A Moon Falling Apart: Grooves on Phobos Are a Sign of its Eventual Catastrophic Fate

The unusual grooves on Phobos’ surface, such as those on the left side of this image, are now thought to be caused by tidal stress. The large crater Stickney is in the upper portion of the image. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

Phobos is the largest of Mars’ two tiny moons, but 50 […]

On @ The 90: The Myopia Problem

Will the commercialization of space accomplish all that proponents say it will? Image Credit: NASA

It is the year 3013, one thousand years into the future. Looking up into the night sky, you see a crescent Moon that is crisscrossed by a sparkling web of city lights. Millions of people are routinely working, […]

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission Primed and Ready

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission plan. Image Credit: ISRO.

The India Space Research Organisation, ISRO, is preparing for the launch of its Mars Orbiter Mission by November 2013, which will see the Mangalyaan Mars probe lift off from ISRO’s launch site at Sriharikota, on the east coast of the India mainland. ISRO’s primary goal […]

Chang’e 3: The Chinese Rover Mission

The proposed Chang’e 3 rover, scheduled for launch in December 2013. Image Credit: Glen Nagle.

Currently scheduled for launch in December 2013 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, the Chang’e 3 mission aims to land a Chinese rover on the Moon. If the mission is successful, it will be the […]

What Is the 2020 Mars Rover's Mission?

A blueprint for the new Mars exploration rover, which is planned to launch in 2020.Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s December 2012 announcement that a new Mars rover would be launched in 2020 has left a lot of room for speculation about what the mission’s objectives will be. The rover will have the same chassis […]

Return to the Moon—But When and How?

When will mankind return to the lunar surface? When this does occur, will it be the U.S., the Chinese, or commercial industry? Image Credit: NASA

When Eugene Cernan, commander of the Apollo 17 mission, headed back up the ladder of the Lunar Module on December 14, 1972, he became the last human to […]