The first attempt to inflate the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) attached to the International Space Station (ISS) ended in failure today as astronauts and engineers assess the situation. At 6:10 am EDT, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams partially inflated the experimental habitat module docked to the station's' Tranquility module in what should have been 45-minute operation, but despite several hours of work, the balloon-like fabric only expanded a few inches instead of the planned several feet.Read More
NASA engineers at the Goddard Space Flight Center have successfully installed the delicate camera and spectrometer instruments onto the back of the James Webb Space Telescope's (JWST) mirror assembly. The instrumentation was contained within a single unit known as the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM).Read More
According to a new NASA study, powerful solar storms could have been instrumental in warming ancient Earth, and preparing the planet for the development of complex life. Known as "superflares," the space weather events were thought to be roughly 10 times more powerful than any solar storm that has struck Earth since the advent of modern civilization.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx deep-space probe has arrived at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, in anticipation of its September launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 rocket. Now undergoing final processing before launch vehicle assembly, the unmanned craft was carted 1,600 miles from Lockheed Martin's Denver facility and will fly an additional 509 million miles to rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu and return samples of its surface to Earth.Read More
Engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center, Virginia, are putting a team of advanced crash-test dummies through astronaut hell. It's all part of testing for the potential injuries that could be inflicted on future crews splashing down in the Orion spacecraft.Read More
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a stunning image of the full disk of Mars prior to the Red Planet's closest approach to Earth in 11 years. Mars has been the focal point of numerous unmanned missions, and, if NASA gets its way, will be the first planet beyond Earth to be visited by mankind.Read More
Having spent over 17 years in low-Earth orbit (LEO) the International Space Station (ISS) has completed its 100,000th lap of planet Earth. At this point the station, which has been permanently manned since the year 2000, has traveled over 2,643,342,240 miles (4,254,046,974 km) through the near perfect vacuum of space – the equivalent of 10 round trips to Mars.
At any one time, the International Space Station (ISS) is a packed with cutting-edge research projects, including efforts to understand vision change caused by microgravity, and work to see how stays on the station affect the human immune system. A new study, known as Microbial Tracking-1, is looking to study microbes.Read More
Since it launched six years years ago, NASA's Kepler space telescope has provided a guiding light in our search for extraterrestrial life, scanning the sky for potentially habitable Earth-size planets. Today the agency has announced the discovery of almost 1,300 new exoplanets, doubling the craft's previous tally and giving the chances of finding another world just like ours a healthy little boost.Read More
The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has detected the presence of atomic oxygen in the upper atmosphere of Mars. The observation is the first of its kind for 40 years, and will allow planetary scientists to refine their models of the Martian atmosphere.Read More
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