On Sept. 30, 2014, a sounding rocket will fly up into the sky – past Earth's atmosphere that obscures certain wavelengths of light from the sun -- for a 15-minute journey to study what heats up the sun's atmosphere. This is the fourth flight for the Very high Angular Resolution Ultraviolet Telescope, or VAULT, will launch from the White Sands Missile Range near Las Cruces, New Mexico.
The instrument, now called VAULT2.0, has been refurbished with new electronics and an imagi...
NASA's Cassini spacecraft is monitoring the evolution of a mysterious feature in a large hydrocarbon sea on Saturn's moon Titan. The feature covers an area of about 100 square miles (260 square kilometers) in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest seas on Titan. It has now been observed twice by Cassini's radar experiment, but its appearance changed between the two apparitions.
The mysterious feature, which appears bright in radar images against the dark background of the liquid sea,...
NASA and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] have finished fueling the Orion spacecraft with ammonia, hydrazine and high pressure helium at Kennedy Space Center’s Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. Orion has now been moved to the Launch Abort System Facility for integration with the launch abort system (LAS).
“Once the launch abort system is integrated and functional testing concludes, the spacecraft is considered done,” said Michael Hawes Lockheed Martin Orion program manage...
NASA has selected Mission Technologies, Inc., of Cleveland to provide facility assurance, inspection, maintenance and occupational safety services including flight safety and mission assurance services at the agency's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
This hybrid contract is a firm-fixed price, cost-plus, fixed-fee contract with a firm-fixed price base effort allowing for indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity tasks. The approximate value of the contract is $48.3 million. The pha...
The ILS Failure Review Oversight Board (FROB) has concluded its work, after a detailed review of the findings, conclusions and identified corrective action plans from the Russian State Inter-agency Commission (IAC) and Khrunichev (KhSC) investigations into the probable cause of the May 16 failure of the Russian Federal Proton mission carrying the Express AM4R satellite.
The members of the FROB reviewed the initial assessment provided by the IAC along with the additional testing and investigat...
After sunset this evening, look 15 degrees up from the southwest horizon. There you’ll see a crescent moon, 30 percent illuminated. Hovering almost directly below it will be Mars, which looks like a moderately bright yellow-orange star.
On Nov. 12, the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe will try to drop a robotic lander onto the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. No spacecraft has ever attempted a soft landing on a comet before.
Astronauts may be able to walk on the moon faster than previously thought, a new study reports. These new findings could help scientists design better spacesuits that could aid astronauts' exploration of the moon, Mars or asteroids.
For a couple of hours after nightfall Sunday (Sept. 28), Mars will be a fairly conspicuous light. The Red Planet will have a companion this evening; sitting below and to its left will shine the reddish 1st-magnitude star Antares.
Engineers have integrated the two stages of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta 4 Heavy rocket that will launch NASA's Orion capsule on a highly anticipated unmanned mission known as Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) in December.
The White House is looking to data from NASA's space shuttle program to help in the fight against climate change. NASA will publicly release hi-res topographic maps of the globe to help other nations prepare for a changing environment.
On September 24th, 2014, the Mars Science Laboratory drilled into a basal-layer outcrop on Mount Sharp and collected samples. The rover has traveled 6 miles to get to the mountain since landing in 2012.