Space

NASA News: NASA TV Coverage Set for Nov. 15 Cygnus Launch to International Space Station

WASHINGTON – NASA’s commercial partner Northrop Grumman is scheduled to launch its Antares rocket, carrying the Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station, at 4:49 a.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 15.  The launch, as well as briefings preceding and following the launch, will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Loaded with 7,500 … Continue reading NASA News: NASA TV Coverage Set for Nov. 15 Cygnus Launch to International Space Station

NASA News: NASA Retires Kepler Space Telescope, Passes Planet-Hunting Torch

After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets – more planets even than stars – NASA’s Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel needed for further science operations.  NASA has decided to retire the spacecraft within its current, safe orbit, away from … Continue reading NASA News: NASA Retires Kepler Space Telescope, Passes Planet-Hunting Torch

NASA News: Our Solar System’s First Known Interstellar Object Gets Unexpected Speed Boost

NASA – Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based observatories, an international team of scientists have confirmed ′Oumuamua (oh-MOO-ah-MOO-ah), the first known interstellar object to travel through our solar system, got an unexpected boost in speed and shift in trajectory as it passed through the inner solar system last year. “Our high-precision measurements … Continue reading NASA News: Our Solar System’s First Known Interstellar Object Gets Unexpected Speed Boost

Vice President Mike Pence Swears in New NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine

WASHINGTON – Jim Bridenstine officially took office as the 13th administrator of NASA Monday after he was given the oath of office by Vice President Mike Pence at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. “It is a great privilege for me to be here today, to be able to usher in on behalf of the President … Continue reading Vice President Mike Pence Swears in New NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine

NASA Planet Hunter on Its Way to Orbit

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life. TESS, which is expected to find thousands of new exoplanets orbiting nearby stars, lifted off at 6:51 p.m. EDT Wednesday on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 … Continue reading NASA Planet Hunter on Its Way to Orbit

Teacher killed in space shuttle Challenger disaster honored

CONCORD, N.H/January 28, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— New Hampshire has proclaimed a day in tribute to a local teacher who died in the NASA space shuttle Challenger disaster decades ago. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu (soo-NOO’-noo) said Sunday would be known as Christa McAuliffe Day in honor of the Concord (KAHN’-kard) woman selected to become the first educator in … Continue reading Teacher killed in space shuttle Challenger disaster honored

NASA astronaut, 1st to fly untethered in space, dies at 80

HOUSTON /December 22, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless, the first person to fly freely and untethered in space, has died. He was 80. He was famously photographed in 1984 flying with a hefty spacewalker’s jetpack, alone in the cosmic blackness above a blue Earth. He traveled more than 300 feet away from the … Continue reading NASA astronaut, 1st to fly untethered in space, dies at 80

NASA nails test on Voyager spacecraft, 13 billion miles away

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla./December 4, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — NASA has nailed an engine test on a spacecraft 13 billion miles away. Last week, ground controllers sent commands to fire backup thrusters on Voyager 1, our most distant spacecraft. The thrusters had been idle for 37 years, since Voyager 1 flew past Saturn. To NASA’s delight, the four … Continue reading NASA nails test on Voyager spacecraft, 13 billion miles away

John Glenn memorial plans abound on July birth date

COLUMBUS, Ohio/July 18, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Memorials: Some plans to honor John Glenn didn’t fly, but that hasn’t stopped the late astronaut’s devotees from pushing forward with other ideas. Numerous memorials and honors were being pursued as Glenn’s birth date arrived Tuesday for the first time since his death in December at age 95. They … Continue reading John Glenn memorial plans abound on July birth date

New NASA Space Station Experiments

WASHINGTON/June 3, 2017 (STL.News) NASA Space Station – In a press release provided by NASA and distributed PRN, NASA provided the following information. Major experiments that will look into the human body and out into the galaxy are on their way to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft following its 5:07 p.m. … Continue reading New NASA Space Station Experiments

Record-setting astronaut thrilled with bonus time in space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)(STL.News) — The world’s most experienced spacewoman said Thursday she’s thrilled to get an extra three months off the planet. The commander of the International Space Station, Peggy Whitson, told The Associated Press that five months into her mission, she’s not bored yet — “not even close.” She misses cooking, though, and … Continue reading Record-setting astronaut thrilled with bonus time in space

By Jove! Jupiter extra close, extra bright this week

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)(STL.News) — Jupiter is extra close and extra bright this week, and that means some amazing, new close-ups. The Hubble Space Telescope zoomed in on the solar system giant Monday, and NASA released the pictures Thursday. Jupiter was a relatively close 415 million miles (668 million kilometers) away. The planet’s Great Red … Continue reading By Jove! Jupiter extra close, extra bright this week

Report: China developing advanced lunar mission spaceship

BEIJING (AP)(STL.News) — China is developing an advanced new spaceship capable of both flying in low-Earth orbit and landing on the moon, according to state media, in another bold step for a space program that equaled the U.S. in number of rocket launches last year. The newspaper Science and Technology Daily cited spaceship engineer Zhang … Continue reading Report: China developing advanced lunar mission spaceship