Space

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