March 2009 Top Story Archives



GAO Report: NASA: Assessments of Selected Large-Scale Projects

GAO Report: NASA: Assessments of Selected Large-Scale Projects

[Monday, March 2, 2009]

GAO assessed 18 NASA projects with a combined life-cycle cost of more than $50 billion. Of those, 10 out of 13 projects that had entered the implementation phase experienced significant cost and/or schedule growth.




NASA Successfully Tests Parachute for Ares Rocket

NASA Successfully Tests Parachute for Ares Rocket

[Monday, March 2, 2009]

NASA and industry engineers successfully completed the second drop test of a drogue parachute for the Ares I rocket. The test took place Feb. 28 at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground near Yuma, Ariz.




Public Invited To Submit Questions For NASA's Space Shuttle Launch

Public Invited To Submit Questions For NASA's Space Shuttle Launch

[Monday, March 2, 2009]

Space enthusiasts from across the United States and around the world are invited to submit questions about space shuttle Discovery's upcoming launch, its STS-119 mission to the International Space Station, and NASA space exploration.




GAO: Property Management:  NASA's Goal of Increasing Equipment Reutilization May Fall Short without Further Efforts

GAO: Property Management: NASA's Goal of Increasing Equipment Reutilization May Fall Short without Further Efforts

[Tuesday, March 3, 2009]

Inconsistent descriptions and inaccurate information on the condition of equipment hamper the PP&E Module's ability to produce equipment matches and enhance reutilization




NASA's Launch Abort System Hardware Starts Cross Country Trek

NASA's Launch Abort System Hardware Starts Cross Country Trek

[Tuesday, March 3, 2009]

A full-scale mock-up of NASA's Orion launch abort system began a week-long flatbed trailer ride across the country Tuesday, en route to White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.




NASA Announces Mishap Board Members for OCO Investigation

NASA Announces Mishap Board Members for OCO Investigation

[Tuesday, March 3, 2009]

NASA has selected the members of the board that will investigate the unsuccessful launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO, on Feb. 24.




NASA, Cisco Partnering For Climate Change Monitoring Platform

NASA, Cisco Partnering For Climate Change Monitoring Platform

[Tuesday, March 3, 2009]

NASA and Cisco Inc. announced Tuesday a partnership to develop an online collaborative global monitoring platform called the "Planetary Skin" to capture, collect, analyze and report data on environmental conditions around the world.




Newfound Saturn Moon May Be Source of Outer Ring

Newfound Saturn Moon May Be Source of Outer Ring

[Tuesday, March 3, 2009]

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found within Saturn's G ring an embedded moonlet that appears as a faint, moving pinprick of light. Scientists believe it is a main source of the G ring and its single ring arc.




NASA Mars Odyssey Mission Status Report: Flight Team to Check Status of Backup System

NASA Mars Odyssey Mission Status Report: Flight Team to Check Status of Backup System

[Wednesday, March 4, 2009]

The team operating NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter plans a procedure next week to address a long-known, potential vulnerability of accumulated memory corruption.




Galactic Tug of War

Galactic Tug of War

[Thursday, March 5, 2009]

A new Hubble image shows three galaxies locked in a gravitational tug-of-war that may result in the eventual demise of one of them.




The lower atmosphere of Pluto revealed

The lower atmosphere of Pluto revealed

[Thursday, March 5, 2009]

Using ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers have gained valuable new insights about the atmosphere of the dwarf planet Pluto.




NASA's Kepler Mission Set for Launch

NASA's Kepler Mission Set for Launch

[Thursday, March 5, 2009]

NASA's Kepler mission to seek other Earth-like planets is undergoing final preparations for liftoff Friday, March 6, from Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.




NASA Hosts 'Mission Madness' Tournament to Vote on Greatest Mission

NASA Hosts 'Mission Madness' Tournament to Vote on Greatest Mission

[Thursday, March 5, 2009]

This interactive Internet online feature enables you to share your opinion about the agency's greatest missions.




Gullies on Mars Show Tantalizing Signs of Recent Water Activity

Gullies on Mars Show Tantalizing Signs of Recent Water Activity

[Friday, March 6, 2009]

Planetary geologists at Brown University have found a gully fan system on Mars that formed about 1.25 million years ago.




NASA's Mars Rover Spirit Faces Circuitous Route

NASA's Mars Rover Spirit Faces Circuitous Route

[Friday, March 6, 2009]

Loose soil piled against the northern edge of a low plateau called "Home Plate" has blocked NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit from taking the shortest route toward its southward destinations for the upcoming Martian summer and following winter.




The Kepler Mission Begins

The Kepler Mission Begins

[Friday, March 6, 2009]

The Delta II rocket carrying the Kepler planet-hunting spacecraft lifted off on time at 10:49 p.m. EST from Launch Complex 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.




NASA Gives 'Go' for Space Shuttle Launch on March 11

NASA Gives 'Go' for Space Shuttle Launch on March 11

[Sunday, March 8, 2009]

NASA managers completed a review Friday of space shuttle Discovery's readiness for flight and selected the official launch date for the STS-119 mission.




Sens. Voinovich and Brown Lead Letter to Obama on Strenthening NASA in Ohio

Sens. Voinovich and Brown Lead Letter to Obama on Strenthening NASA in Ohio

[Monday, March 9, 2009]

U.S. Senators George V. Voinovich and Sherrod Brown have led a letter with the Ohio delegation expressing a desire to work with President Obama to strengthen the presence of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Ohio.




NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Images of Deimos

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Images of Deimos

[Monday, March 9, 2009]

HiRISE captured these enhanced-color images of Deimos, the smaller of the two moons of Mars, on 21 February 2009. Deimos has a smooth surface due to a blanket of fragmental rock or regolith, except for the most recent impact craters.




NASA's Ares I Rocket First Stage Igniter Successfully Tested

NASA's Ares I Rocket First Stage Igniter Successfully Tested

[Tuesday, March 10, 2009]

NASA has completed a successful test firing of the igniter that will be used to start the Ares I rocket first stage motor.




NASA and NIA Announce Moon Design Team Competitors

NASA and NIA Announce Moon Design Team Competitors

[Tuesday, March 10, 2009]

15 teams made it to the finals of a NASA/NIA sponsored competition that challenged university students to think about the conditions astronauts will face when we return to the moon, then design projects that could become part of real lunar exploration.




NASA Launches International Space Station Webcam Streaming Video

NASA Launches International Space Station Webcam Streaming Video

[Tuesday, March 10, 2009]

Internet visitors can now see the Earth as never before -- live from the International Space Station via streaming video, seven days a week.




NASA Digital Network Plans Special Webcast Event for Upcoming STS-119 Space Shuttle Mission

NASA Digital Network Plans Special Webcast Event for Upcoming STS-119 Space Shuttle Mission

[Tuesday, March 10, 2009]

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.




Keck and Kepler Team Up To Find Other Earths

Keck and Kepler Team Up To Find Other Earths

[Tuesday, March 10, 2009]

For nearly a decade, Cal-Berkeley astronomer Geoff Marcy and his colleagues have been using the W. M. Keck telescopes to discover giant planets orbiting distant stars




Media Advisory: National Astronaut Recruitment Campaign-Canadian Space Agency Introduces Top 16 Candidates

Media Advisory: National Astronaut Recruitment Campaign-Canadian Space Agency Introduces Top 16 Candidates

[Wednesday, March 11, 2009]

The President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Steve MacLean will introduce the top 16 candidates remaining in the National Astronaut Recruitment Campaign during a news conference on Monday, March 16.




Canadian Leadership in Space: International Experts to Discuss Need for Cohesive Policy

Canadian Leadership in Space: International Experts to Discuss Need for Cohesive Policy

[Wednesday, March 11, 2009]

The need to shape a Canadian space policy is being addressed this week by a special roundtable of international experts meeting in Ottawa, a discussion that will focus on what is required to spur government action on space activities.




GOCE satellite launch - mapping the Earth's gravity as never before

GOCE satellite launch - mapping the Earth's gravity as never before

[Wednesday, March 11, 2009]

ESA is about to launch the most sophisticated of Earth Observation satellites to investigate the Earth's gravitational field with unprecedented resolution and accuracy.




Miller's Select Crabmeat -- It's Out of This World

Miller's Select Crabmeat -- It's Out of This World

[Wednesday, March 11, 2009]

Miller's Select Crab will soon be heading for the International Space Station. Each astronaut is allowed a "bonus food allotment" to bring some of the comforts of home to outer space.




SpaceX Falcon 9 Upper Stage Engine Successfully Completes Full Mission Duration Firing

SpaceX Falcon 9 Upper Stage Engine Successfully Completes Full Mission Duration Firing

[Wednesday, March 11, 2009]

SpaceX successfully conducted a full mission duration firing of its new Merlin Vacuum engine on March 7, at SpaceX's Test Facility in McGregor, Texas.




NASA Mars Odyssey Mission Status Report 10 March 2009

NASA Mars Odyssey Mission Status Report 10 March 2009

[Wednesday, March 11, 2009]

The team operating NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter postponed a planned rebooting of the spacecraft this morning after seeing an unexpected rise in the temperature of a star camera that is part of the navigation system.




NASA Dawn Status Report March 8, 2009

NASA Dawn Status Report March 8, 2009

[Wednesday, March 11, 2009]

The spacecraft plunged to within 542 kilometers (337 miles) of the planet, reaching that lowest altitude at 4:27:58 pm PST on February 17.




NASA Space Station Research May Help Explain Samonella Illness

NASA Space Station Research May Help Explain Samonella Illness

[Wednesday, March 11, 2009]

Salmonella bacteria research from two recent NASA space missions discovered key elements of the bacteria's disease-causing potential that hold promise for improving ways to fight food-borne infections on Earth.




NASA Shuttle Launch Targeted for No Earlier Than March 15

NASA Shuttle Launch Targeted for No Earlier Than March 15

[Wednesday, March 11, 2009]

Discovery's launch to the International Space Station now is targeted for no earlier than March 15. NASA managers postponed Wednesday's planned liftoff due to a leak associated with the gaseous hydrogen venting system outside the external fuel tank.




Lunacy Will Rule at High School Robotics Competition

Lunacy Will Rule at High School Robotics Competition

[Wednesday, March 11, 2009]

In a combination of extreme sports and engineering know-how, 61 high-school teams from California, Arizona, Brazil and Chile will face off in the Los Angeles regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition.




NASA Mars Odyssey Spacecraft Reboots Successfully

NASA Mars Odyssey Spacecraft Reboots Successfully

[Wednesday, March 11, 2009]

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter properly followed commands today to shut down and restart, a strategy by its engineers to clear any memory flaws accumulated in more than five years since Odyssey's last reboot.




NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 12 March 2009

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 12 March 2009

[Thursday, March 12, 2009]

Due to late notification, which was well beyond the timeline for maneuvering, a DAM (Debris Avoidance Maneuver) could not be performed. As a precaution, the three crewmembers withdrew to the Soyuz 17S capsule at 12:35pm.




NASA Holds Briefing Friday on Status of Space Shuttle Discovery

NASA Holds Briefing Friday on Status of Space Shuttle Discovery

[Thursday, March 12, 2009]

NASA managers will hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, March 13, to discuss the status of space shuttle Discovery's launch to the International Space Station.




NASA Cassini-Huygens Mission Status Report: Cassini Swaps Thrusters

NASA Cassini-Huygens Mission Status Report: Cassini Swaps Thrusters

[Thursday, March 12, 2009]

Early this morning the Cassini spacecraft relayed information that it had successfully swapped to a backup set of propulsion thrusters late Wednesday.




Recipe for the Perfect James Webb Space Telescope Mirror

Recipe for the Perfect James Webb Space Telescope Mirror

[Thursday, March 12, 2009]

Mirrors are a critical part of any space telescope, and the Webb Space Telescope's mirrors are made of a special element that will enable it to withstand the rigors of space and see farther back in time/distance than any other telescope now in operation.




Hubble Provides New Evidence for Dark Matter Around Small  Galaxies

Hubble Provides New Evidence for Dark Matter Around Small Galaxies

[Thursday, March 12, 2009]

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered a strong new line of evidence that galaxies are embedded in halos of dark matter.




NASA's Next Climate-Research Satellite One Step Closer to Orbit

NASA's Next Climate-Research Satellite One Step Closer to Orbit

[Thursday, March 12, 2009]

The Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor (APS), an advanced scientific instrument that will be launched on the Glory satellite, has successfully completed environmental testing and was officially turned over to NASA on March 11.




Carbon- and Oxygen-rich Stardust Sheds New Light on Origin of Elements of Life

Carbon- and Oxygen-rich Stardust Sheds New Light on Origin of Elements of Life

[Thursday, March 12, 2009]

Using NASA's Spitzer Telescope, an international research team has found evidence that some stars in the center of the Milky Way galaxy have both carbon and oxygen in the dust that surrounds them, a rare combination in galactic dust.




Space Shuttle Discovery Repair Work Proceeds - Weather Forecast is Good

Space Shuttle Discovery Repair Work Proceeds - Weather Forecast is Good

[Friday, March 13, 2009]

Repairs are under way on the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate (GUCP) interface, where gaseous hydrogen leaked during Wednesday's launch attempt. The interface then will be retested and leak checked before Sunday's 7:43 p.m. launch attempt.




Final Piece Of NASA's Next-Generation Rocket Heads To Launch Site

Final Piece Of NASA's Next-Generation Rocket Heads To Launch Site

[Friday, March 13, 2009]

The final pieces of the Ares I-X flight test rocket left the Alliant Tech Systems manufacturing facility in Promontory, Utah, Thursday and began a 2,917-mile journey to its launch site at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.




NASA, Universities Unveil Plans to Build New Campus at Ames

NASA, Universities Unveil Plans to Build New Campus at Ames

[Friday, March 13, 2009]

The University of California, Santa Cruz, and Foothill-De Anza Community College District today announced a dynamic new partnership with NASA Ames Research Center to establish a sustainable community for education and research.




NASA Sets Saturday Briefing for Discovery's STS-119 Mission

NASA Sets Saturday Briefing for Discovery's STS-119 Mission

[Friday, March 13, 2009]

NASA managers will hold a prelaunch news conference no earlier than 3 p.m. EDT on Saturday, March 14, to discuss the status of space shuttle Discovery's mission to the International Space Station.




Driving Across The Northwest Passage to Make Polar History

Driving Across The Northwest Passage to Make Polar History

[Friday, March 13, 2009]

An international team of scientists has launched an expedition to drive the Northwest Passage on sea-ice this spring, marking the first time the Passage has ever been travelled in a road vehicle.




Discovery, Weather Looking Good For Launch

Discovery, Weather Looking Good For Launch

[Saturday, March 14, 2009]

NASA managers said Saturday that space shuttle Discovery is ready for Sunday's launch opportunity as repairs on a leaking gaseous hydrogen vent line are moving along smoothly.




NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 14 March 2009

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 14 March 2009

[Saturday, March 14, 2009]

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below.




NASA's Shuttle Discovery Launches to Fully Power Space Station

NASA's Shuttle Discovery Launches to Fully Power Space Station

[Sunday, March 15, 2009]

Space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 7:43 p.m. EDT Sunday to deliver the final set of power-generating solar array wings and a new crew member to the International Space Station.




Scott Parazynski: Everest Part Deux, in 3-D

Scott Parazynski: Everest Part Deux, in 3-D

[Sunday, March 15, 2009]

Mount Everest is calling me again. A week from today I will begin to answer that call, my first step being a very long flight to Katmandu.




Top 16 Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Candidates Introduced

Top 16 Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Candidates Introduced

[Monday, March 16, 2009]

Today, CSA introduced the Top 16 candidates who are participating in the Agency's National Astronaut Recruitment Campaign. This announcement provides insight into the process of selecting the next two members of Canada's Astronaut Corps.




NASA STS-119 Report #02  Monday, March 16, 2009 - 9:30 a.m. CDT

NASA STS-119 Report #02 Monday, March 16, 2009 - 9:30 a.m. CDT

[Monday, March 16, 2009]

The astronauts on board space shuttle Discovery plan a day of orbiter inspection on their way to deliver a new set of solar arrays to the International Space Station.




Four of Saturn's moons parade by their parent

Four of Saturn's moons parade by their parent

[Tuesday, March 17, 2009]

On 24 February 2009, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured a photo sequence of four moons of Saturn passing in front of their parent planet.




NASA Researchers Find Clues to a Secret of Life

NASA Researchers Find Clues to a Secret of Life

[Tuesday, March 17, 2009]

NASA scientists analyzing the dust of meteorites have discovered new clues to a long-standing mystery about how life works on its most basic, molecular level.




ESA launches first Earth Explorer mission GOCE

ESA launches first Earth Explorer mission GOCE

[Tuesday, March 17, 2009]

This afternoon, the GOCE satellite developed by ESA was lofted into a near-sunsynchronous, low Earth orbit by a Rockot launcher lifting off from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia.




Hatches Opened Between Space Station and Shuttle Discovery at 7:09 p.m. EDT

Hatches Opened Between Space Station and Shuttle Discovery at 7:09 p.m. EDT

[Tuesday, March 17, 2009]

Hatches between space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station are open and the astronauts are assembling in the Harmony module for the welcoming ceremony.




Educator Astronauts Continue the Legacy of Christa McAuliffe

Educator Astronauts Continue the Legacy of Christa McAuliffe

[Tuesday, March 17, 2009]

Challenger Center for Space Science Education is thrilled to see Christa's dreams fulfilled by former science and math teachers Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold who are now officially "Educator Astronauts" in orbit.




NASA Moon Mission Brings Divergent Passions Together

NASA Moon Mission Brings Divergent Passions Together

[Tuesday, March 17, 2009]

Growing up in the rural Appalachian foothills of the Ohio Valley, John Marmie developed a passion for music. When he combined that passion with his enthusiasm for space exploration, he was inspired to write an original song, 'Water on the Moon.'




Lockheed Martin Establishes Altair Program Office in Texas to Pursue NASA's Lunar Lander Project

Lockheed Martin Establishes Altair Program Office in Texas to Pursue NASA's Lunar Lander Project

[Tuesday, March 17, 2009]

Lockheed Martin announced it has located its Altair program office in Houston, Texas, in its bid to provide support for the next-generation human lunar lander system for NASA.




Mars, Then and Now: Google Mars Update

Mars, Then and Now: Google Mars Update

[Tuesday, March 17, 2009]

Originally released with Google Earth 5.0, Mars in Google Earth now contains even more features that give users a sense of how our knowledge of Mars, and our study of astronomy, has evolved over time.




NASA's CALIPSO Finds Smoke at High Altitudes Down Under

NASA's CALIPSO Finds Smoke at High Altitudes Down Under

[Wednesday, March 18, 2009]

As smoke plumes from powerful bushfires clouded the Australian skies in early February, satellites orbiting the Earth captured the rapid dispersal of smoke in real-time.




New Horizons Detects Neptune's Moon Triton

New Horizons Detects Neptune's Moon Triton

[Wednesday, March 18, 2009]

Add another moon to the New Horizons photo gallery: the spacecraft's Long Range Reconnaissance Imager detected Triton, the largest of Neptune's 13 known moons, during the annual spacecraft checkout last fall.




Liquid Water Is Likely Present on Mars, New Analysis Shows

Liquid Water Is Likely Present on Mars, New Analysis Shows

[Wednesday, March 18, 2009]

Salty, liquid water has been detected on a leg of the Mars Phoenix Lander and therefore could be present at other locations on the planet, according to analysis by a group of mission scientists led by a University of Michigan professor.




NASA STS-119 Report #07  Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 8 p.m. CDT

NASA STS-119 Report #07 Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 8 p.m. CDT

[Wednesday, March 18, 2009]

A busy day in orbit for the crews of Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station has set the stage for another station assembly task - the installation of the final truss segment and American solar power panels.




Online Poll for NASA's Mars Rover Naming Contest Opens March 23

Online Poll for NASA's Mars Rover Naming Contest Opens March 23

[Thursday, March 19, 2009]

NASA will post online nine names that are finalists for the agency's Mars Science Laboratory mission and invite the public to vote for its favorite. The non-binding poll to help NASA select a name opens online Monday, March 23.




Finding Twin Earths: Harder Than We Thought

Finding Twin Earths: Harder Than We Thought

[Thursday, March 19, 2009]

Does a twin Earth exist somewhere in our galaxy? Astronomers are getting closer and closer to finding an Earth-size planet in an Earth-like orbit.




New simulation shows consequences of a world without Earth's natural sunscreen

New simulation shows consequences of a world without Earth's natural sunscreen

[Thursday, March 19, 2009]

The simulation used a comprehensive model that included atmospheric chemical effects, wind changes, and radiation changes. The analysis has been published online in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.




Mars Express Zeroes In On Erosion Features

Mars Express Zeroes In On Erosion Features

[Thursday, March 19, 2009]

Mars Express has uncovered geological evidence suggesting that some depositional process, revealed by erosion, has been at work on large scales in the equatorial regions of the planet.




Second Part of Space Station Solar Array Deployment Completed

Second Part of Space Station Solar Array Deployment Completed

[Friday, March 20, 2009]

Deployment of the S6 3B solar array wings resumed finished at 1:17 p.m. There were no difficulties encountered, the "ripple" area flattened out naturally and the crew and Mission Control report the array extended to its full length of 115 feet.




NASA To Sign Agreement With Three Companies to Participate in a Massively Multiplayer Gaming Initiative

NASA To Sign Agreement With Three Companies to Participate in a Massively Multiplayer Gaming Initiative

[Saturday, March 21, 2009]

Officials from NASA are finalizing negotiations for a Space Act Agreement with three gaming companies whose joint proposal for a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game has been selected for collaborative development.




NASA STS-119 Execute Package FD07

NASA STS-119 Execute Package FD07

[Saturday, March 21, 2009]

Good Morning Discovery! ISS now looks like the artist renderings that we've been seeing for years. A day to celebrate!




Newly Restored

Newly Restored "Picture of the Century": Lunar Orbiter 2's View of Copernicus

[Saturday, March 21, 2009]

The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project has released an iconic image that shows the dramatic landscape within the crater Copernicus, often referred to as the "picture of the century" by many people at the time of its original public release in 1966.




Hubble Uncovers Unusual Supernova Progenitor Star

Hubble Uncovers Unusual Supernova Progenitor Star

[Monday, March 23, 2009]

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has identified a star that was one million times brighter than the Sun before it exploded as a supernova in 2005.




Return to Everest 2009 Update: Travel Notes From Scott Parazynski

Return to Everest 2009 Update: Travel Notes From Scott Parazynski

[Monday, March 23, 2009]

Every journey begins with a single, critical step. Once in motion, keeping your heading and inertia becomes much easier, the goal more in focus. I am now thankfully very much in motion, half a world away from home.




NASA STS-119 Report #17  Monday, March 23, 2009 - 9 p.m. CDT

NASA STS-119 Report #17 Monday, March 23, 2009 - 9 p.m. CDT

[Monday, March 23, 2009]

The ISS is ready for space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 mission in a few months now that spacewalking astronauts have completed all of the mandatory tasks in preparation for its crew size growth to six and the addition of the Japanese exposed facility.




Final Hardware For Test Of NASA's New Rocket Arrives In Florida

Final Hardware For Test Of NASA's New Rocket Arrives In Florida

[Monday, March 23, 2009]

After a seven-day, 2,917-mile journey, a train carrying the four motor segments for the Ares I-X rocket arrived Thursday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The motor is the final hardware needed for the rocket's upcoming test flight this summer.




Nation's Newest Advanced Polar Operational Environmental Satellite Completes On-Orbit Verification

Nation's Newest Advanced Polar Operational Environmental Satellite Completes On-Orbit Verification

[Monday, March 23, 2009]

The NOAA-N Prime spacecraft, the final Polar Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) launched on Feb. 6, 2009, has completed a comprehensive 45-day on-orbit verification period.




NASA and Microsoft To Make Universe of Data Available To The Public

NASA and Microsoft To Make Universe of Data Available To The Public

[Tuesday, March 24, 2009]

NASA and Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday plans to make planetary images and data available via the Internet under a Space Act Agreement.




Deep-sea Rocks Point to Early Oxygen on Earth

Deep-sea Rocks Point to Early Oxygen on Earth

[Tuesday, March 24, 2009]

Red jasper cored from layers 3.46 billion years old suggests that not only did the oceans contain abundant oxygen then, but that the atmosphere was as oxygen rich as it is today, according to geologists.




New Einstein@Home Effort Launched Home Computers to Search Arecibo Data for New Pulsars

New Einstein@Home Effort Launched Home Computers to Search Arecibo Data for New Pulsars

[Tuesday, March 24, 2009]

The Einstein@Home project, and the Arecibo PALFA Consortium, announced that the Einstein@Home project is beginning to analyze data taken by the PALFA Consortium at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.




NASA Sets Teleconference To Discuss Recovered Meteorites

NASA Sets Teleconference To Discuss Recovered Meteorites

[Tuesday, March 24, 2009]

NASA will hold a media teleconference on March 25 to reveal science findings from recently discovered meteorites. The meteorites originate from a small asteroid that entered Earth's atmosphere over the Nubian Desert of northern Sudan on Oct. 7, 2008.




NASA Cassini Provides Virtual Flyover of Saturn's Moon Titan

NASA Cassini Provides Virtual Flyover of Saturn's Moon Titan

[Tuesday, March 24, 2009]

"Fly me to the moon" - to Saturn's moon Titan, that is. New Titan movies and images are providing a bird's-eye view of the moon's Earth-like landscapes.




Shuttle And Space Station Crews Hold News Conference From Space

Shuttle And Space Station Crews Hold News Conference From Space

[Tuesday, March 24, 2009]

The 10 crew members aboard space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station will hold a news conference at 1:08 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 24.




NASA Appropriator Says: Stephen Colbert Is Out of This World

NASA Appropriator Says: Stephen Colbert Is Out of This World

[Tuesday, March 24, 2009]

"NASA decided to hold an election to name its new room at the ISS and the clear winner is Stephen Colbert," said Fattah. "The people have spoken, and Stephen Colbert won it fair and square - even if his campaign was a bit over the top."




NASA New Horizons: The PI's Perspective: One-Third Down

NASA New Horizons: The PI's Perspective: One-Third Down

[Tuesday, March 24, 2009]

2009 - after 38 months and almost 2 billion kilometers of flight, New Horizons has completed precisely one-third of the days in its journey to Pluto.




GOCE completes early orbit phase

GOCE completes early orbit phase

[Tuesday, March 24, 2009]

ESA's GOCE satellite was formally declared ready for work at 01:00 CET [0000 UTC] on 20 March.




NASA Astronauts Perform Space Station's First 'Spacewalk Swab' to Test Planetary Protection Concept

NASA Astronauts Perform Space Station's First 'Spacewalk Swab' to Test Planetary Protection Concept

[Tuesday, March 24, 2009]

Astronauts working outside the ISS used a device to detect how biological material may be spread in space. The experiment is a critical step in developing procedures to monitor and mitigate biological contamination in future missions to other worlds.




NASA STS-119 Report #19  Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 8 p.m. CDT

NASA STS-119 Report #19 Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 8 p.m. CDT

[Tuesday, March 24, 2009]

The crews of space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station took a break today in and around transfer work ahead of Wednesday's farewell and undocking of the shuttle.




Remarks by The President With The Crew of the Space Shuttle and Space Station (Transcript) 24 March 2009

Remarks by The President With The Crew of the Space Shuttle and Space Station (Transcript) 24 March 2009

[Tuesday, March 24, 2009]

Well, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us. We've got a crew of wonderful schoolchildren here who are all interested in space, and we've got some members of Congress who are like big kids when it comes to talking to astronauts.




NASA's Constellation Program Tests Orion Recovery Procedures

NASA's Constellation Program Tests Orion Recovery Procedures

[Wednesday, March 25, 2009]

A full-scale mockup of NASA's Orion crew module is being tested in water under simulated and real landing weather conditions.




Surprise Discovery of Meteorites Following Asteroid Impact

Surprise Discovery of Meteorites Following Asteroid Impact

[Wednesday, March 25, 2009]

Fortunately, it wasn't large enough to require intervention by Bruce Willis, but asteroid 2008 TC3 is the first space rock to have been spotted before it crashed to Earth




NASA Cassini Image: Shadow of Demarcation

NASA Cassini Image: Shadow of Demarcation

[Wednesday, March 25, 2009]

Saturn's rings cast a dramatic shadow separating the blues and greens of the planet's northern hemisphere from the creamy pastels coloring the southern hemisphere.




NASA Cassini Image: Two-Faced Janus

NASA Cassini Image: Two-Faced Janus

[Wednesday, March 25, 2009]

Janus imitates its two-faced Greek god namesake by catching light on two sides. The brighter side of Janus is lit by the sun while light reflected off Saturn dimly illuminates the rest of the moon and reveals the non-spherical shape of this small satellit




NASA Cassini Image: Busy Moon

NASA Cassini Image: Busy Moon

[Wednesday, March 25, 2009]

Half an hour after Prometheus tore into this region of Saturn's F ring, the Cassini spacecraft snapped this image just as the moon was creating a new streamer in the ring.




NASA Ames CIO Blog: Why Make A Universe of Data Available To The Public?

NASA Ames CIO Blog: Why Make A Universe of Data Available To The Public?

[Wednesday, March 25, 2009]

In this white paper I am taking a look at NASA's current external facing web presence, and with an outlook of what space exploration and the web might look like 10 years from now...




NASA Ames CIO Blog: Chris Kemp: Lets Start A Conversation About NASA's Future On The Web

NASA Ames CIO Blog: Chris Kemp: Lets Start A Conversation About NASA's Future On The Web

[Wednesday, March 25, 2009]

Let me start with a brief introduction of myself. I am the Chief Information Officer at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.




New Astronaut Crew Launches to International Space Station

New Astronaut Crew Launches to International Space Station

[Thursday, March 26, 2009]

The 19th crew to live and work aboard the International Space Station launched into orbit Thursday morning from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, aboard a Soyuz spacecraft.




King Retires as Director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

King Retires as Director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

[Thursday, March 26, 2009]

David King, director of NASA MSFC is retiring from the agency to accept a position as executive vice president of Dynetics in Huntsville, effective immediately.




Challenger Center Joins Astronaut Parazynski on Return to Mt. Everest

Challenger Center Joins Astronaut Parazynski on Return to Mt. Everest

[Friday, March 27, 2009]

Former Astronaut Dr. Scott Parazynski is returning to Mt. Everest the highest peak in the Himalayas with the support of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education and its network of Learning Centers.




NASA Brings Orion Spacecraft to National Mall for Public Viewing

NASA Brings Orion Spacecraft to National Mall for Public Viewing

[Friday, March 27, 2009]

NASA will showcase the next generation of spacecraft that will return humans to the moon in a day-long public event March 30 on the National Mall in Washington.




Celebrate Apollo: NASA Commemorates the 40th Anniversary

Celebrate Apollo: NASA Commemorates the 40th Anniversary

[Friday, March 27, 2009]

NASA is planning a number of activities and events in 2009 as America nears the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing on July 20. The events will celebrate the Apollo Program, its accomplishments, and the benefits to our lives today.




Space Shuttle Program Hands over Launch Platform to Constellation

Space Shuttle Program Hands over Launch Platform to Constellation

[Friday, March 27, 2009]

The handover of Mobile Launcher Platform-1 from NASA's Space Shuttle Program to the Constellation Program at a Kennedy Space Center ceremony on March 25 is the next step in returning people to the moon and exploring beyond.




Constellation: Your First Look

Constellation: Your First Look

[Friday, March 27, 2009]

A full-size mockup of Orion is being tested in the water off the coast of Maryland. It weighs 18,000 pounds and will help the teams get a good idea of what happens both inside and outside the spacecraft after it lands in the ocean.




Space Station Crews Hold News Conference From Orbit

Space Station Crews Hold News Conference From Orbit

[Friday, March 27, 2009]

The two crews aboard the International Space Station will answer questions about their upcoming change of command in a news conference at 9:10 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 1.




Astrobiologist Dale Andersen Twitters from Axel Heiberg Island at 79 Degrees North

Astrobiologist Dale Andersen Twitters from Axel Heiberg Island at 79 Degrees North

[Friday, March 27, 2009]

The following Twitter posts were made by Dale Andersen from McGill Arctic Research Station (MARS) on Axel Heiberg Island on 27 March 2009:




NASA STS-119 Report #25  Friday, March 27, 2009 - 5:30 p.m. CDT

NASA STS-119 Report #25 Friday, March 27, 2009 - 5:30 p.m. CDT

[Friday, March 27, 2009]

The astronauts on space shuttle Discovery are preparing to spend what is planned to be their final night in orbit, with wake up set for 4:13 a.m. Saturday to ready for a 12:39 p.m. landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.




Expedition 19 Crew Docks with Space Station

Expedition 19 Crew Docks with Space Station

[Saturday, March 28, 2009]

Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Michael Barratt of the 19th International Space Station crew docked their Soyuz TMA-14 to the International Space Station at 9:05 a.m. EDT Saturday.




Space Shuttle Discovery Returns Home

Space Shuttle Discovery Returns Home

[Saturday, March 28, 2009]

Space shuttle Discovery landed at Kennedy Space Center completing its mission to the International Space Station.




NASA STS-119 Report #27  2:30 p.m. CST Saturday, March 28, 2009

NASA STS-119 Report #27 2:30 p.m. CST Saturday, March 28, 2009

[Saturday, March 28, 2009]

After boosting the International Space Station to full power, the seven member crew of Discovery returned to Earth today, threading the weather needle for a landing at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.




A Skype Chat and Tour With Astrobiologist Dale Andersen on Axel Heiberg Island

A Skype Chat and Tour With Astrobiologist Dale Andersen on Axel Heiberg Island

[Saturday, March 28, 2009]

I got an email from Dale Andersen telling me to get on Skype. Dale is currently working at the McGill Arctic Research Station (MARS) on Axel Heiberg Island. Within a few moments we had an amazingly good connection with excellent picture quality.




Stunning Backlit Image of the International Space Station

Stunning Backlit Image of the International Space Station

[Sunday, March 29, 2009]

Backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth's atmosphere, the International Space Station is seen from Space Shuttle Discovery as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation.




Google Lunar X PRIZE Contender Odyssey Moon Partners with Paragon Space Development Corporation to Grow first Plant on the Moon

Google Lunar X PRIZE Contender Odyssey Moon Partners with Paragon Space Development Corporation to Grow first Plant on the Moon

[Monday, March 30, 2009]

The first Moon flower will become a reality when private lunar expedition partners Odyssey Moon and Paragon Space Development Corporation deliver a biological greenhouse to the lunar surface.




NASA Flies to Greenland to Extend Polar Science

NASA Flies to Greenland to Extend Polar Science

[Monday, March 30, 2009]

NASA scientists and crew embark this week on a month-long airborne campaign to Greenland, where they will spend more than a month making flights on an airborne science laboratory to learn about the ongoing changes to the region's snow and ice.




NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 30 March 2009

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 30 March 2009

[Monday, March 30, 2009]

Crew day: Wake 2:00am EDT; sleep 5:30pm. Day 3 of joint E18/19 operations for CDR Fincke, CDR-19 Padalka, FE-1 Lonchakov, FE-1-19 Barratt, FE-2 Wakata, and SFP Simonyi. Underway: Week 23 of Increment 18 (last).




Touch the Moon This Weekend at the Kansas Cosmosphere

Touch the Moon This Weekend at the Kansas Cosmosphere

[Monday, March 30, 2009]

Visitors will have the rare chance to touch a piece of a moon rock this weekend in the new NASA Driven to Explore traveling exhibit at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.




Senate budget panel: Shuttle can fly another year

Senate budget panel: Shuttle can fly another year

[Monday, March 30, 2009]

A $2.5 billion spending provision that would allow NASA to fly the space shuttle well beyond its scheduled retirement next year cleared a major legislative hurdle today, according to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.




NASA Continues to Advance International Polar Year Science

NASA Continues to Advance International Polar Year Science

[Monday, March 30, 2009]

Although the International Polar Year officially came to a close in February, NASA is continuing to push the frontiers of polar science from space, the air and the surface of ice.




NASA's Shuttle Atlantis Starts Move To Launch Pad At 4 A.M. Tuesday

NASA's Shuttle Atlantis Starts Move To Launch Pad At 4 A.M. Tuesday

[Tuesday, March 31, 2009]

Space shuttle Atlantis' rollout to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida has been rescheduled to begin at 4 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 31, as preparations for the STS-125 mission move forward.