Tag: Space

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…

Rosetta results reveal water on comet different from Earth’s water

Results released Wednesday from Europe’s Rosetta mission pokes serious holes in the theory that most of the water on Earth came from comets. Observations from the mission show water vapor found on comet 67P is unlike the water we live with on Earth. Scientists will continue to collect data on how the comet behaves for…

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.

Russia Launches Mysterious Satellite

A new Russian satellite is baffling both space agencies and amateur satellite-trackers. Object 2014-28E has taken a confusing path, and Russia has not stated its purpose. It was launched in May with three other packages, but its presence was not declared by Russia. The satellite may be providing innocuous services, such as collecting space junk…

Watch The Rosetta Mission Comet Landing Success [VIDEO]

Today, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft will release its Philae lander to make space history: the first soft-landing on a comet. If all goes well, Philae will make a seven-hour descent from Rosetta to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and land at 10:35 a.m. EST (1535 GMT). Update for Nov. 12 at 8:14 a.m.…

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…

Meteorite makes big crater in Nicaragua

A meteorite crashed down in Managua, Nicaragua, late Saturday night, causing a loud explosion and leaving a crater 39 feet (12 meters) across, government officials said. No damage or injuries were reported. Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo says they’ve determined it was a “relatively small” meteorite that “appears to have come off an asteroid that was…

Astronauts ‘dangerously sleep deprived’

Astronauts struggle to sleep in space, potentially putting their lives at risk, a new study has found. “The ability for a crew member to optimally perform if awakened from sleep by an emergency alarm may be jeopardised by the use of sleep-promoting pharmaceuticals,” the study said. [itv]

Rosetta Probe goes into orbit around comet after 10-year journey

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe made its historic rendezvous with a comet on Wednesday after a 10-year, 4 billion-mile journey. The car-sized Rosetta probe was launched in 2004, and woke up from hibernation in January for its final approach to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Photo: An artist’s conception of the Rosetta probe. [nbc]

Gaza Conflict From Space In ‘Saddest Photo’

An astronaut has posted a picture from the International Space Station while flying over Gaza and Israel, showing the worsening crisis which has left more than 700 people dead. German flight engineer Alexander Gerst captured the scene from 220 miles above the Earth as rockets and explosions lit up the night sky with wispy yellow…

NASA says it is making progress on asteroid-netting technology

NASA said on Thursday that it is making progress on technology that could protect the earth from incoming asteroids. The Asteroid Retrieval Mission aims to net an asteroid by the mid-2020s so that scientists can run experiments on it. Photo: This concept image shows ARM robotic capture Option A, in which the robotic vehicle deploys…

NASA postpones launch of flying saucer vehicle for fifth time

NASA postponed the launch of a rocket-powered test vehicle that’s shaped like a flying saucer for the fifth time on Wednesday due to bad weather. The test of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, or LDSD, is aimed at duplicating conditions that a spacecraft might face while landing on Mars and would launch in Hawaii. The vehicle…

Soyuz capsule arrives at International Space Station

The Russian Soyuz capsule successfully docked to the International Space Station on Wednesday. Three new crew members — NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, German astronaut Alexander Gerst and Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev — soared into orbit from Kazakhstanin with a “flawless launch,” a NASA commentator said. The trio is joining NASA’s Steve Swanson and Russian cosmonauts…

SpaceX Dragon capsule arrives back to Earth

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo ship splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday after one month at the International Space Station. The Dragon capsule is carrying pounds 3,500 pounds of science samples and old equipment for NASA. Photo: This April 2014 file photo provided by NASA shows a photo of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft…

Legendary NASA Test Pilot Bill Dana Dies At 83

William H. “Bill” Dana, the famed NASA test pilot who helped usher in the space age in the 1960s by routinely flying rocket planes to new supersonic speeds and stratospheric heights, has died. He was 83. Dana was a square-jawed aviator during an age when pilots strapped into cutting-edge aircraft and blasted it to the…