Tagged: NASA

A ‘planetary breakup’ is among June’s skywatching treats

NASA’s skywatching treats for June include views of a planetary breakup, a famous star cluster, and the Lyra constellation.

Planetary breakup
First up, NASA suggests checking out the lineup of Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus, which we’ve been able to…

How to watch NASA’s moon rocket head to launchpad tonight

Fans of slow TV are in for a treat tonight when NASA begins rolling its next-generation moon rocket to the launchpad for testing ahead of a lunar mission in the coming months.
A giant low-slung transporter will carry the 332-feet (98.1-meter) Space Lau…

NASA awards contracts for next-gen spacesuits

NASA has selected two U.S. companies to build next-generation spacesuits for upcoming lunar missions.
The suits will also be used for spacewalks outside the International Space Station (ISS) as well as for preparatory work for the first crewed missions…

Solar sail developments to enable missions to sun’s poles

It takes a lot of power to get a spacecraft through Earth’s atmosphere and out of its gravity. But once a craft has reached orbit, it requires relatively little power to move through space. In fact, even tiny amounts of consistent power could allow a c…

Something strange is up with 45-year-old craft Voyager 1

In the 1970s, two spacecraft were designed and built for the wildly ambitious mission to study the outer reaches of the solar system. More than 40 years later, the two Voyager spacecraft are, incredibly enough, still functioning and transmitting data, …

Boeing launches Starliner spacecraft on crucial test flight

Boeing Space launched its Starliner spacecraft from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday, May 19, using a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.
The launch, which took place as planned at 6:54 p.m. ET (3:54 p.m. PT) is the second attempt at flyi…

Spacesuit safety issue prompts NASA to halt ISS spacewalks

NASA has announced it is suspending non-emergency spacewalks aboard the International Space Station (ISS) while it investigates what caused water to leak into an astronaut’s helmet during a walk in March.
“Until we understand better what the causal fac…

NASA’s InSight Mars lander will soon succumb to dust

NASA’s InSight lander is set to end operations on Mars after four years of service.
At a special meeting of key InSight mission personnel on Tuesday, May 17, it was confirmed that increasing amounts of dust on the lander’s two 7-feet-wide solar panels …

NASA invites entries for its CineSpace short-film contest

Whether you’re an experienced filmmaker or an enthusiastic beginner, NASA is inviting one and all to get involved in this year’s CineSpace short-film contest.
Highlighted on Sunday in a post on the International Space Station’s Twitter account, the ann…

NASA working on problems with Space Launch System rocket

NASA has shared more information about its ongoing work on its new Space Launch System rocket, and the issues that arose in three previous tests. The issues, which NASA has characterized as nuisances rather than major problems, arose during attempts to…

How to watch crucial test flight of Starliner spacecraft

NASA and Boeing are about to launch another test flight of the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft in a crucial mission following a failed attempt in 2019.

The uncrewed mission will launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday, May 19, using a United La…

NASA’s InSight lander detects ‘monster quake’ on Mars

NASA’s InSight Mars lander has just detected the strongest quake ever observed on another planet.
The marsquake, which took place on May 4, registered at magnitude 5, easily beating the previous magnitude record of 4.2 in a quake detected by InSight in…

NASA will attempt Space Launch System rocket test in June

NASA will attempt another test of its new Space Launch System rocket next month, officials from the agency confirmed this week. After three failed attempts to perform a wet dress rehearsal, in which the rocket is brought out to the launch pad and is fi…

This is how NASA measures rising sea levels from space

Climate change is an imminent threat to humanity’s future, but the global climate is so complex that it’s often hard to even see the scale of the problem. One of the best ways we have to measure climate change might not be what you expect – because it’…