Dragonfly Launch Moved to 2027

Dragonfly is a NASA mission that delivers a rotorcraft to Saturn’s moon Titan to advance our search for the building blocks of life. While Dragonfly was originally scheduled to launch in 2026, NASA has requested the Dragonfly team pursue their alternative launch readiness date in 2027. No changes will be needed to the mission architectureContinue reading Dragonfly Launch Moved to 2027

NASA Invites Media to Hot Fire Test for Mega Rocket to Support Moon Missions

Media accreditation is now open for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket Green Run hot fire test – the test of the rocket’s core stage and all of its integrated systems before its flight on the Artemis I lunar mission, scheduled for 2021. NASA is targeting early November for the test in the B-2 Test Stand atContinue reading NASA Invites Media to Hot Fire Test for Mega Rocket to Support Moon Missions

NASA to Host Preview Briefings, Interviews for First Crew Rotation Mission with SpaceX

NASA will highlight the first crew rotational flight of a U.S. commercial spacecraft with astronauts to the International Space Station with a trio of news conferences beginning 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 29. The briefings, which will take place at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, will air live on NASA Television and theContinue reading NASA to Host Preview Briefings, Interviews for First Crew Rotation Mission with SpaceX

NASA’s Aqua Satellite Continues to Capture Natural Disasters

NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of the United States on Sep. 15, 2020, showing the fires in the West, the smoke from those fires drifting over the country, several hurricanes converging from different angles, and Hurricane Sally making landfall. Red points in the west note areas that are significantly higher in temperature than theContinue reading NASA’s Aqua Satellite Continues to Capture Natural Disasters

In the Right Hands, NASA Satellite Data and Analysis Make Earth Better

The number of illegal gold mines in the Amazon is increasing so fast that activists have turned to satellite imagery to identify them. Still, with thousands of new mines a year, the work was overwhelming scientists at Earthrise Alliance – they needed more hands on deck. That’s how ninth graders in Weston, Massachusetts, began locatingContinue reading In the Right Hands, NASA Satellite Data and Analysis Make Earth Better

Gaganyaan Mission: GSLV’s First Test Flight For India’s Human Space Mission Delayed

The first unmanned test flight of Indian rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), as part of the country’s human space mission Gaganyaan, will not happen this year, said officials. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had planned the first of the two test flights later this year. “The first flight of the rocket as partContinue reading Gaganyaan Mission: GSLV’s First Test Flight For India’s Human Space Mission Delayed

More than 8,500 Air Force personnel volunteer to join US Space Force

More than 8,500 active-duty Air Force service members have volunteered to join the U.S. Space Force — the nation’s newest military branch. “I am incredibly proud of the men and women who made the bold decision to volunteer to join the U.S. Space Force and defend the ultimate high ground,” Gen. Jay Raymond, chief of space operationsContinue reading More than 8,500 Air Force personnel volunteer to join US Space Force

NASA Selects Astrobotic to Fly Water-Hunting Rover to the Moon

Illustration of NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) on the surface of the Moon Credits: NASA Ames/Daniel Rutter   NASA has awarded Astrobotic of Pittsburgh $199.5 million to deliver NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) to the Moon’s South Pole in late 2023. The water-seeking mobile VIPER robot will help pave the wayContinue reading NASA Selects Astrobotic to Fly Water-Hunting Rover to the Moon

NASA’s IBEX Charts 11 Years of Change at Boundary to Interstellar Space

Far, far beyond the orbits of the planets lie the hazy contours of the magnetic bubble in space that we call home. This is the heliosphere, the vast bubble that is generated by the Sun’s magnetic field and envelops all the planets. The borders of this cosmic bubble are not fixed. In response to theContinue reading NASA’s IBEX Charts 11 Years of Change at Boundary to Interstellar Space

Saturn’s Moon Titan Drifting Away Faster Than Previously Thought

Larger than the planet Mercury, huge moon Titan is seen here as it orbits Saturn. Below Titan are the shadows cast by Saturn’s rings. This natural color view was created by combining six images captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on May 6, 2012. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute Full image and caption   Just as ourContinue reading Saturn’s Moon Titan Drifting Away Faster Than Previously Thought