Tag: NASA

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Ends 13-Year Exploration Of Saturn

On Friday, after 20 years in space and 13 years exploring Saturn, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft burned up in Saturn’s atmosphere. “We’ve had an incredible 13-year journey around Saturn, returning data like a giant firehose,” said Cassini project scientist Linda Spilker. “Almost like we’ve taken a magnifying glass to the planet and the rings.” Cassini lifted…

NASA Discovers New Solar System That May Support Life

NASA scientists have found seven Earth-sized planets in a nearby solar system that could potentially support life, the U.S. space agency said Wednesday. The planets, all with the potential to hold life-sustaining liquid water, are orbiting a single dwarf star about 40 light-years away. Scientists initially reported the system last year, but at that point…

Juno Sends 1st Pic From Jupiter’s Orbit [VIDEO]

NASA spacecraft’s Juno is officially orbiting Jupiter, the probe has sent back its first image as proof. “We’re quite pleased that we survived going through Jupiter orbit insertion,” said Candice Hansen-Koharcheck, one of the scientists responsible for the operation of the probe’s camera, known as the JunoCam. “The fact it’s a beautiful image is already…

Watch Nasa’s Juno Probe Enters Jupiter’s Orbit Today LIVE

NASA’s Juno spacecraft will reach Jupiter on Monday, the three-second beep marking its arrival is expected around 11:53 p.m. EST. The craft will have traveled nearly 2 billion miles in five years. “I can tell you when that completes, you’re going to see a lot of celebration,” said Juno’s project manager, Rick Nybakken, “because that…

NASA’s Scott Kelly Back From Record Year Trip [VIDEO]

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko returned to earth on Wednesday after a 340-day mission aboard the International Space Station. The tour marked the longest trip by a NASA astronaut and was considered twice the length of a normal stay. Their extended trip was part of an effort to examine the effects…

NASA Remembers Challenger Disaster Anniversary [VIDEO]

Today marks 30 years since the Shuttle Challenger had a booster engine fail, causing the shuttle to break apart and kill all seven crew members on board. It happened just 73 seconds after launch on the morning of January 28, 1986. President Ronald Reagan eulogized the crew, quoting from the poem High Flight: “We will…

NASA Finds Liquid Water on Mars [VIDEO]

NASA has discovered signs of liquid water on Mars, it announced at a press conference Monday morning. “Mars is not the dry, arid planet we thought,” NASA official Jim Green announced. Liquid water has never been detected outside of Earth. NASA found evidence that water formed dark streaks on the Martian surface known as as…

Watch The Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse Tonight

If you were wondering What is a Blood Moon? A Blood Moon is sometimes used to describe a Total Lunar Eclipse. When the Earth casts its shadow on a Full Moon and eclipses it, the Moon may get a red glow. Lunar Tetrad Total lunar eclipses are rare – only about one in three lunar…

NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Bigger, Older Cousin to Earth [VIDEO]

NASA’s Kepler mission confirms the discovery of the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like, G2-type star. It is located 1,400 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus. Called Kepler-452b, the planet is thought of as the “older, bigger cousin to Earth.” It has a 385-day orbit around is located 5% farther from…

PlutoFlyby: Nasa New Horizons Spacecraft Reach Pluto [VIDEO]

The NASA New Horizons spacecraft had its closest encounter with Pluto on Tuesday after a nine-a-half-year journey to the dwarf planet. YES! After over 9 years & 3+ billion miles, @NASANewHorizons #PlutoFlyby was at 7:49am ET. http://t.co/Czrvonxugd pic.twitter.com/aSucgORofT — NASA (@NASA) July 14, 2015 NASA tweeted a “sneak peek” view of Pluto, a stunning color…

Pluto Map Shows ‘Whale,’ ‘Doughnut’

A newly released map of Pluto, made from images from the New Horizons space probe, shows distinctive markings, including shapes of a whale and a doughnut on the dwarf planet’s surface. The map, made of images gathered between June 27 and July 3, is not as sharp as what was expected after the probe’s historic…

Jack King, launch commentator for Apollo 11, dies at 84

Jack King, a NASA official who counted down the historic launch of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969, died Thursday at age 84. King also did the countdown for the two-man Gemini missions and many other Apollo missions. Photo: This Nov. 14, 1969 photo shows Jack King in the Firing Room of the Kennedy Space…

NASA to crash spacecraft onto Mercury’s surface [VIDEO]

NASA’s Messenger spacecraft, which made history four years ago when entering the orbit around Mercury, is preparing to crash onto the planet’s surface later this month, NASA said Thursday. The car-sized probe will become the first human-made object to fall to Mercury’s surface.

NASA to Launch Longest Space Mission [VIDEO]

Astronaut Scott Kelly will start NASA’s greatest space journey when he and two Russian associates will take off for a yearlong assignment in the International Space Station. The longest preceding NASA excursions have just last as long as around six months. Scientists will compare Kelly’s health while in space to that of his twin brother,…

Coffee In Space: Astronauts Can Enjoy Espressos With Zero-Gravity Cup [VIDEO]

US researchers have developed a 3D-printed zero-gravity espresso cup that will be sent to the International Space Station in February. The Zero-Gravity Espresso Cup, developed by the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science at Portland State University, is part of NASA’s Capillary Beverage Experiment, according to a statement on the university’s website. The binding…

Nasa Launches Orion [VIDEO]

NASA successfully launched its Orion spacecraft on Friday, and it is now chugging along over Earth at 15,000 mph on its way to its preliminary orbit. While today’s test launch is unmanned, the hope is that crewed missions to Mars will be possible by 2021. The original launch on Thursday had been scrapped due to…

Watch the launch of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft

BACKSTREAM IS HERE AT NASA Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream NASA is planning to launch an unmanned test flight of its new Orion spacecraft today. The test flight will commence with a sunrise liftoff in a first attempt to ready the spacecraft to eventually be used to carry people to Mars in future decades.…

NASA testing new spaceship that could eventually carry humans to Mars

NASA briefed the public Tuesday on a test flight Thursday that will launch the unmanned capsule Orion, which NASA scientists hope one day will carry humans to Mars. Thursday’s test will assess the spacecraft’s heat shield and a variety of other systems. Orion could eventually carry human astronauts to Mars in the mid-2030s.

Comet makes rare, close pass by Mars

A comet made a rare pass by Mars on Sunday, passing just 87,000 miles from the planet, less than half the distance between Earth and the moon. NASA said the comet, which is believed to be a first-time visitor to the inner solar system, passed 10 times closer to Mars than any known comet has…

Morning Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse On Wednesday

Wednesday morning’s total lunar eclipse, which will be the last total lunar eclipse this year, will begin at 4:45 a.m. ET and end at 9:05 a.m. ET. However, the most brilliant part of the eclipse, when the Earth completely shadows the moon from the light of the sun, will start at 6:25 a.m. ET and…

NASA’s Maven orbiter enters into Martian orbit

NASA’s Maven orbiter entered into the orbit of Mars after a 10-month, 442 million-mile journey on Sunday, mission managers reported. Over the next several weeks, additional maneuvers will put Maven into position for a yearlong mission to monitor Mars’ upper atmosphere where its observations are expected to help scientists determine how the planet lost its…

NASA awards contracts to Boeing, SpaceX To Create ‘Space Taxis’

NASA announced Boeing and SpaceX have been awarded contracts to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The contracts are worth a potential $6.8 billion in the long run, according to NASA administrator Charles Bolden. Kathy Lueders, the program manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, said having two contracts will help NASA make…

Watchdog criticizes NASA asteroid-tracking program

An internal watchdog office criticized NASA’s efforts to track and respond to potentially dangerous asteroids in a report released on Monday. According to the report, the agency’s program that tracks objects that could cause regional devastation if they hit Earth was not well integrated and lacked proper oversight. NASA has promised to fix the problems…

[VIDEO] Rare Solar Storms Now Hitting Earth, Could Disrupt Technology

A rare double burst of magnetically charged solar storms will hit Earth Thursday night and Friday, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be disrupted. Individually, the storms, known as coronal mass ejections wouldn’t warrant special warnings, but their unusual close timing and direct path toward Earth spurred the National Oceanic…