Fired Up! Final Test of Orion Motor Critical to Astronaut Safety a Spectacular Success

When NASA astronauts blast off for their voyage to the Moon on the Orion spacecraft during Artemis missions, they’ll have protection in the form of the launch abort system (LAS). The LAS is designed to carry crew to safety in the event of an emergency during launch or ascent atop the agency’s Space Launch SystemContinue reading Fired Up! Final Test of Orion Motor Critical to Astronaut Safety a Spectacular Success

Arianespace begins stacking Vega ahead of March Return To Flight

Arianespace’s Vega rocket is on track to conduct its Return To Flight (RTF) mission in March after stacking operations began at the European Spaceport in French Guiana. Vega suffered the first failure of her career during the July 2019 launch of Falcon Eye-1. Vega’s return will involve the lofting of numerous satellites, with the manifestContinue reading Arianespace begins stacking Vega ahead of March Return To Flight

NASA Asks Commercial Moon Delivery Partners to Fly Rover to Search for Water Ice

NASA is asking its 14 Commercial Lunar Payload Services companies to bid on flying VIPER to the Moon by 2023. VIPER, or Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, is a golf-cart sized mobile robot that will look for water ice at one of the Moon’s poles.  During its mission, VIPER will roam several miles and useContinue reading NASA Asks Commercial Moon Delivery Partners to Fly Rover to Search for Water Ice

Scientists eye the Martian underground in search for alien life

The search for present-day life on Mars is heating up. And for good reason: An improved knowledge of Mars’ geologic diversity and history, a better appreciation of life in extreme environments here on Earth, and a sharp focus on sensitive life-detection measurement methods are all bolstering the Mars-life hunt, giving scientists more reason to thinkContinue reading Scientists eye the Martian underground in search for alien life

Hubble Team Wins 2020 Michael Collins Trophy

In recognition of the NASA Hubble Space Telescope’s 30 years of civilization-changing astronomical discoveries, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in Washington, D.C., has awarded its 2020 Collins Trophy for Current Achievement to the Hubble operations team at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.Continue reading Hubble Team Wins 2020 Michael Collins Trophy

NASA’s Mars InSight Lander to Push on Top of the ‘Mole’

NASA InSight recently moved its robotic arm closer to its digging device, called the “mole,” in preparation to push on its top, or back cap, Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech After nearly a year of trying to dig into the Martian surface, the heat probe belonging to NASA’s InSight lander is about to get a push. The missionContinue reading NASA’s Mars InSight Lander to Push on Top of the ‘Mole’

Arctic Ice Melt Is Changing Ocean Currents

Arctic sea ice was photographed in 2011 during NASA’s ICESCAPE mission, or “Impacts of Climate on Ecosystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment,” a shipborne investigation to study how changing conditions in the Arctic affect the ocean’s chemistry and ecosystems. The bulk of the research took place in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas inContinue reading Arctic Ice Melt Is Changing Ocean Currents

Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician depicted in ‘Hidden Figures,’ dead at 101

Katherine Johnson, one of the NASA mathematicians depicted in “Hidden Figures,” died Monday, the administrator of NASA said. She was 101. Johnson “was an American hero and her pioneering legacy will never be forgotten,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote on Twitter. Johnson was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the Oscar nominated 2016 film “HiddenContinue reading Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician depicted in ‘Hidden Figures,’ dead at 101

SETI Institute and National Radio Astronomy Observatory Team Up for SETI Science at the Very Large Array

February 14, 2020, Mountain View, CA – The SETI Institute and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) are announcing a collaboration to bring a state-of-the-art search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) instrument to the Very Large Array (VLA) for the first time. Thanks to a new, cost-effective Ethernet interface, it will be possible to employ theContinue reading SETI Institute and National Radio Astronomy Observatory Team Up for SETI Science at the Very Large Array