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