The ceremonies and dedications to the crew of Columbia were familiar to most Americans. But on the day following the dedication, a memorial was held in Washington, DC which marked a wholly different national tradition.
Indications of the presence of water in the atmosphere of HD 189733b have recently been found. Here we report on the detection of strong water absorption in a high signal-to-noise, mid-infrared emission spectrum of the planet itself.
The number of stars in the Universe is staggering. Because there are billions of stars in each galaxy and there are billions of galaxies, the total number is hard to comprehend.
My email overflowed this weekend with comments to my last post. I have posted almost of those comments at this site. I have also been reading some of the comments on other parts of the internet, I think it is time to refocus as we start the week.
NASA and Google announced Monday the release of a new Mars mode in Google Earth that brings to everyone's desktop a high-resolution, three-dimensional view of the Red Planet.
COROT has found the smallest terrestrial planet ever detected outside the Solar System. The amazing planet is less than twice the size of Earth and orbits a Sun-like star. Its temperature is so high that it is possibly covered in lava or water vapour.
Dawn continues on course for its pas de deux with Mars on February 17. The planet's gravity will gracefully assist the spacecraft on its way to rendezvous with its intended celestial partners Vesta and Ceres in the more distant asteroid belt.
New NASA Student Navigation Challenge Begins: Exploration through Navigation Challenge: Charting a Course to the Moon[Tuesday, February 3, 2009]
In this challenge students will be tasked to chart a course from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida to one of the lunar poles using navigation skills appropriate for outer space.
NASA has selected four teams to observe the impact of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, known as LCROSS, with the lunar surface during the mission's search for water ice on the moon.
Technology experts and entrepreneurs with a passion for solving humanity's grand challenges, will soon have a new place to exchange ideas and facilitate the use of rapidly developing technologies.
During a review of space shuttle Discovery's readiness for flight, NASA managers decided Tuesday to plan a launch no earlier than Feb. 19.
If you were watching the Inaugural Parade on TV several weeks ago hoping to see a NASA rover - only to miss it - don't feel bad. You were not alone.
The most recent spacecraft telemetry was acquired on Jan. 27 from the Deep Space Network tracking complex at Goldstone, California. The Cassini spacecraft is in an excellent state of health.
The Cassini spacecraft will swap to a backup set of propulsion thrusters in mid-March due to degradation in the performance of the current set of thrusters.
Engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and students at the California Institute of Technology have designed and tested a versatile, low-mass robot that can rappel off cliffs, travel nimbly over steep and rocky terrain, and explore deep craters.
Documentary Film of Northrop Grumman Foundation Weightless Flight Program for Teachers to Premiere in February[Wednesday, February 4, 2009]
Northrop Grumman Corporation Foundation announced today that the feature documentary film, "Inspire Me! Weightless Flights of Discovery," will premiere Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m at the Northrop Grumman Theater at Space Center Houston.
The launch of the NOAA-N Prime weather satellite for NASA and NOAA aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket has been postponed for an additional 24 hours.
When galaxies are born, do their stars form everywhere at once, or only within a small core region?
Scientists using revolutionary new technology developed at The University of Nottingham have recorded the earliest evidence of animal life so far.
Space dust annoys astronomers just as much as the household variety when it interferes with their observations of distant stars. And yet space dust also poses one of the great mysteries of astronomy.
A spectacular new image of an unusual spiral galaxy in the Coma Galaxy Cluster has been created from data taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
Scientists at the Tucson-based Planetary Science Institute (PSI) have found further evidence for the large role that water has likely played in shaping the Martian landscape.
The first machine continues to perform well. One of the overall reliability issues is that many electronic parts in the machine are customer Ampex hybrid circuits that are not available anymore.
A new environmental satellite that will improve weather forecasting and monitor environmental events around the world soared into space this morning after a picture-perfect launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
In May 2009, Frank De Winne will fly to the International Space Station at the start of his six-month mission. This mission sees him become the first European commander of the Station by October 2009. ESA has now given his mission the name OasISS.
Nine astronomical research organizations from the United States, Australia and Korea have signed an official agreement to construct and operate the Giant Magellan Telescope the Giant Magellan Telescope Corp. announced today.
Before NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander began digging into soil and subsurface ice of an arctic plain of Mars, six scientists traveled to one of the coldest, driest places on Earth for soil-and-ice studies that would end up aiding analysis of the Mars data.
A new NASA mission set to launch later this month will help scientists better understand the most important human-produced greenhouse gas contributing to climate change: carbon dioxide.
Because of an ongoing review of the space shuttle's flow control valves, NASA managers are rescheduling meetings next week to assess the launch readiness of shuttle Discovery's STS-119 mission to the International Space Station.
MMT observerations support a NASA mission that will send a small rocket into a lunar crater in a search for frozen water[Saturday, February 7, 2009]
Astronomers will use the powerful University of Arizona/Smithsonian MMT Observatory on Mount Hopkins, Ariz., to search for lunar water ice when NASA fires a 2-ton rocket into a polar crater on the moon later this year.
In this picture, which was taken at dawn, you can see the towers of the new lightning protection system for the pad. Each of the three new lightning towers will be 500-feet tall with an additional 100-foot fiberglass mast on top of them.
It is well known that the hydrothermal vents lining the mid-ocean ridges are a major source of iron to the ocean. Vent fluids contain about one million times more iron than regular ocean water.
Researchers are reporting a hardy worm that withstands its cold climate by cranking out antifreeze. And when its notoriously dry home runs out of water, it just dries itself out and goes into suspended animation until liquid water brings it back to life.
One of the comments we received on the Altair video asked about possible sleeping arrangements for the astronauts.
At 08 hours 49 minutes 46 seconds Moscow Time transport cargo vehicle Progress M-66 was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Scientists and engineers who have been working on the James Webb Space Telescope mission for years are getting very excited, because some of the actual pieces that will fly aboard the Webb telescope are now being built.
The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) is about to reach new heights as the Global Cornerstone Project, 100 Hours of Astronomy, scheduled to take place from 2-5 April 2009, ramps up.
Astronomers using NASA's Swift satellite and Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope are seeing frequent blasts from a stellar remnant 30,000 light-years away.
The Space Shuttle Program will hold a meeting Feb. 13 to review data and determine whether to move forward with a flight readiness review on Feb. 18. For planning purposes launch now is no earlier than Feb. 22.
The mission's imaging team is taking advantage of the probe's proximity to the sun to continue their search for vulcanoids - small, rocky asteroids that have been postulated to circle the Sun in stable orbits inside the orbit of Mercury.
NASA's activities in social networking media will be recognized Wednesday in New York, when the agency receives an award for its presence on the popular Web site Twitter.
This image shows the geologic contact between the walls of Ganges Chasma and the adjacent plains. Ganges Chasma is one of several deep troughs that make up the Valles Marineris system on Mars.
Two new Russian telecommunications satellites - the Express-AM44 and Express MD1-were launched aboard a Proton-M launcher with the Breeze M upper stage, lifted off from Baikonur at 03:03 Moscow time (MT) today, on February 11.
The International Space University (ISU) announced today a five-year renewal of a partnership agreement with The Boeing Company in which the aerospace giant will continue its strong support of the university's programs and students.
This will be a very big year for SpaceX and the NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.
Data from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) suggest the discovery of ancient springs in the Vernal Crater, sites where life forms may have evolved on Mars, according to a report in Astrobiology, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, I
As far as we know today the potential for life was present at the Big Bang, but the only place that the promise was realized is planet Earth. Is it possible that the physical universe offered other potential niches for life?
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, spacecraft was loaded on a truck Wednesday to begin its two-day journey to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Launch is targeted for April 24.
As of this morning LRO was notified that problems with the WSG spacecraft have made it impossible for ULA to launch LRO/LROCSS on 4/24/2009.
The latest ESO image reveals amazing detail in the intricate structures of one of the largest and brightest nebulae in the sky, the Carina Nebula (NGC 3372).
In our Galaxy, we are used to the idea that even the nearest stars are light years away from the Sun. But a team of scientists led by Professor Pavel Kroupa of the University of Bonn think things were very different in the early Universe.
An official launch date for the STS-119 mission has not been set, but for planning purposes, liftoff now is targeted for no earlier than Feb. 27.
Space Adventures, Ltd. announced today that its seventh orbital client, Charles Simonyi, Ph.D., has begun training for his upcoming mission to the International Space Station.
The most detailed map of the Moon ever created has revealed never-before-seen craters at the lunar poles.
Processes that laid the foundation for life on Earth -- star and planet formation and the production of complex organic molecules in interstellar space -- are yielding their secrets to astronomers.
A project co-led by Texas A&M will be highlighted on February 11 as part of a month-long media event to focus attention on the accomplishments of major IPY research projects as the formal observation of IPY draws to a close in March.
The Princess Elisabeth Station will be officially inaugurated in Antarctica on February 15th, 2009. This station is the only polar base operating entirely on renewable energies.
Tetiaroa Island is part of the Society Islands archipelago in the southern Pacific Ocean, one of several island clusters in French Polynesia. Tetiaroa is an atoll comprised of thirteen small islets (or motus).
According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, volcanic tremors started to shake Redoubt, most likely caused by fresh magma rising in the volcano.
Fensal, a magnificent mansion in Norse mythology, is home to Bazaruto Facula and Sinlap on Saturn's largest moon.
NASA's Digital Learning Network is celebrating the launch of space shuttle mission STS-119. The crew of STS-119 includes two classroom teachers who were selected as astronauts in 2004.
Galactic mergers - cosmic 'pile-ups' involving galaxies - are just one of the things the GZ2 team hope web users will track down.
NASA has awarded Aurora Flight Sciences, and its partner Vertigo Inc., a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I contract to develop an innovative autonomous balloon launcher to operate from the surface of Mars.
A delicate measurement of primordial light could reveal convincing evidence for the popular cosmic inflation theory.
NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, known as LCROSS, is enroute from Northrop Grumman's facility in Redondo Beach, Calif., to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for a spring launch.
An early warning system, more than a decade in development, successfully predicted the 2006-2007 outbreak of the deadly Rift Valley fever in northeast Africa, according to a new study led by NASA scientists.
The launch of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory aboard a Taurus XL rocket is scheduled for Feb. 24. Liftoff from Space Launch Complex 576-E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., is set for 1:51:30 a.m. PST
"We were able to construct an amazing image, and reveal the onion-like structure of the atmosphere of a giant star at a late stage of its life for the first time," says Antoine Merand, member of the team.
At a meeting in Washington last week, NASA and ESA officials decided to continue pursuing studies of a mission to Jupiter and its four largest moons, and to plan for another potential mission to visit Saturn's largest moon Titan and Enceladus.
This image, captured by GeoEye's Ikonos satellite on November 29, 2001, shows an approximation of the route Hillary and Norgay followed, and some of the challenges Hillary and Norgay faced as they summited Mount Everest.
There is more than one way to make a dwarf galaxy, and NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer has found a new recipe. The spacecraft has, for the first time, identified dwarf galaxies forming out of nothing more than pristine gas likely leftover from the early
The Canadian Space Commerce Association is holding a special gathering of industry professionals seeking to assess domestic and international opportunities in space commerce that may be for the immediate future and beyond.
SPACEHAB, Incorporated (NASDAQ: SPAB), a leading provider of commercial space services, announced today that it is changing its corporate name to Astrotech Corporation.
Scientists recently found black gold bubbling up from an otherwise undistinguished mass of ocean imagery.
The IPP Partnership Seed Fund over the last few years has demonstrated success by enhancing NASA's ability to meet mission technology goals by providing seed funding to address barriers and initiate cost-shared, joint-development partnerships.
NASA's Kepler spacecraft is ready to be moved to the launch pad today and will soon begin a journey to search for worlds that could potentially host life.
We have had a major milestone accomplished (well 98% of the way there). This proves that we can demodulate random tapes from more than one Lunar Orbiter mission but it has also shown us what we have to do to get to full production mode.
Help us to name another important addition to the station - Node 3 and its cupola! Voting will be open from February 20th to March 20th, 2009. NASA will announce the winning name in April 2009.
Next week I am on the agenda of the NASA Project Management Challenge training event to give a talk on "The Power of Accepting Criticism".
While waiting for high-energy outbursts and cosmic explosions, NASA's Swift Gamma-ray Explorer satellite is monitoring Comet Lulin as it closes on Earth. For the first time, astronomers are seeing simultaneous ultraviolet and X-ray images of a comet.
The first gamma-ray burst to be seen in high-resolution from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is one for the record books. The blast had the greatest total energy, the fastest motions and the highest-energy initial emissions ever seen.
As some of our readers have already noticed, there was a significant problem with the daily sea ice data images on February 16. The problem arose from a malfunction of the satellite sensor we use for our daily sea ice products.
NASA astronauts and educators Joseph Acaba and Richard Arnold, members of the next space shuttle crew, have special announcements for teachers and students.
Take a look at this photo: That's definitely hardware, but it's not a space shuttle! It is an Ares vehicle being stacked in the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center.
What do the patches and pins that represent NASA's Constellation Program and its projects symbolize?
During a thorough review of space shuttle Discovery's readiness for flight, NASA managers decided Friday that more data and possible testing are required before launching the STS-119 mission to the International Space Station.
The most recent spacecraft telemetry was acquired on Feb. 17 from the Deep Space Network tracking complex at Goldstone, California. The Cassini spacecraft is in an excellent state of health.
The new German research facility thereby starts its scientific operation. It is located 6.5 km south of the old Neumayer Station on the Ekstroem ice shelf in Dronning Maud Land in the Antarctic.
While conducting research in a remote region of Antarctica (Lake Untersee, -71.34 deg, 13.47 deg) we monitored the local atmospheric levels of methane.
Maurice M. "Mel" Averner, a NASA scientist who introduced the concept of terraforming Mars to the space agency, died on 5 February 2009 at his home near Arcata, California, of complications of diabetes. He was 72.
In recognition of Arthur C. Clarke's landmark book and film, "2001: A Space Odyssey", an endowment goal of $2.001 million has been established to enable this fellowship program.
NASA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Space Enterprise Council will hold a workshop on lunar surface system concepts to support human and robotic exploration on the moon by 2020. The workshop will take place Feb. 25 - 27.
SpaceX Manufactured Heat Shield Material Passes High Temperature Tests Simulating Reentry Heating Conditions of Dragon Spacecraft[Monday, February 23, 2009]
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) announces the passing of a significant technical milestone in the development of its Dragon spacecraft with the successful arc jet testing of PICA-X high performance heat shield material.
The last newly manufactured section of the Ares I-X test rocket arrived at the Assembly and Refurbishment Facility of NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Friday.
This image shows part of the floor of an impact crater on the northern rim of the giant Hellas Basin.
Shana Dale, Former NASA Deputy Administrator, Joins the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies as Senior Fellow[Monday, February 23, 2009]
Shana L. Dale, the immediate past Deputy Administrator of NASA, is joining the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies as a senior fellow.
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory failed to reach orbit this morning after a 4:51 a.m. EST liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A media briefing on the mishap has been tentatively scheduled for 7:15 a.m. from Vandenberg.
Despite the tough economic climate in the U.S., almost 90 percent of Americans see value in the U.S. space program.
Detailed budgetary information on NASA as referenced in the H.R. 1105 - Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009
ESA's Venus Express spacecraft has observed an eerie glow in the night-time atmosphere of Venus.
Climatologists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City have found that 2008 was the coolest year since 2000. The GISS analysis also showed that 2008 is the ninth warmest year since continuous instrumental records were start
NASA's Space Shuttle Program has established a plan that could support shuttle Discovery's launch to the International Space Station, tentatively targeted for March 12.
NASA has presented its premier honor for quality and performance, the George M. Low Award, to three companies that share a commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety, and customer service.
Astrobotic Technology and Carnegie Mellon Researchers Show Small Robots Can Prepare Lunar Surface for NASA Outpost[Wednesday, February 25, 2009]
Small robots the size of riding mowers could prepare a safe landing site for NASA's Moon outpost, according to a NASA-sponsored study prepared by Astrobotic Technology Inc. with technical assistance from Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute.
ESA has announced the European prime and backup crewmembers for the 105-day Mars500 study. From 31 March 2009, two Europeans are set to join four Russian crewmembers on a simulated human mission to Mars.
The $18.7 billion budget proposal for 2010 is fiscally responsible and reflects the administration's desire for a robust and innovative agency aligned with the president's goals of advancing our nation's scientific, educational, economic and security inte
NASA OIG: NASA's Constellation Standing Review Boards Established Without Due Regard for Member Independence Requirements[Thursday, February 26, 2009]
This report follows up on and expands the scope of our April 2008 report concerning independence and conflict-of-interest issues involving the SRB for CxP's Orion Project.
Titan's rippled dunes are generally oriented east-west. Surprisingly, their orientation and characteristics indicate that near the surface, Titan's winds blow toward the east instead of toward the west.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter unexpectedly rebooted its computer Monday morning, Feb. 23, and put itself into a limited-activity mode that is an automated safety response.
NASA has awarded an interim letter contract to Oceaneering International Inc. of Houston to begin work on the design, development and production of a new spacesuit system for the Constellation Program.