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Space History Is Made in This NASA Robot Factory

December 25, 2019

Built in 1961, the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is the cradle…
This image shows the Vikram Lander impact point and associated debris field. Green dots indicate spacecraft debris (confirmed or likely). Blue dots locate disturbed soil, likely where small bits of the spacecraft churned up the regolith. "S" indicates debris identified by Shanmuga Subramanian. This portion of the Narrow Angle Camera mosaic was made from images M1328074531L/R and M1328081572L/R acquired Nov. 11. Credits: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University.
Vikram Lander Found

December 3, 2019

The Chandrayaan 2 Vikram lander was targeted for a highland smooth plain about 600 kilometers from the south pole; unfortunately…
Voyager 2 Illuminates Boundary of Interstellar Space

November 5, 2019

One year ago, on Nov. 5, 2018, NASA’s Voyager 2 became only the second spacecraft in history to…
NASA’s Juno Prepares to Jump Jupiter’s Shadow

October 2, 2019

Last night, NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter successfully executed a 10.5-hour propulsive maneuver – extraordinarily long by mission…
One Year, 2 Trips Around Sun for NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

August 13, 2019

Since NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched on Aug. 12, 2018, Earth has made a single trip around the…
A New Plan for Keeping NASA’s Oldest Explorers Going

July 9, 2019

With careful planning and dashes of creativity, engineers have been able to keep NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2…
NASA Invests in Tech Concepts Aimed at Exploring Lunar Craters, Mining Asteroids

June 12, 2019

Robotically surveying lunar craters in record time and mining resources in space could help NASA establish a sustained…
NASA’s MRO Completes 60,000 Trips Around Mars

May 16, 2019

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter hit a dizzying milestone this morning: It completed 60,000 loops around the Red Planet…
Maybe Self-Replicating Robot Probes are Destroying Each Other? That’s Why We Don’t See Them

March 28, 2019

During the 1940s, Hungarian-American scientist John von Neumann developed a mathematical theory for how machines could endlessly reproduce…
NASA Selects New Mission to Explore Origins of Universe

February 14, 2019

NASA has selected a new space mission that will help astronomers understand both how our universe evolved and…
A Dune Field Near Nili Patera

February 12, 2019

In this image many sand dunes are visible. They have an elongated crescent form and are called “barchan…
NASA’s MAVEN Shrinking Its Orbit for Mars 2020 Rover

February 12, 2019

NASA’s 4-year-old atmosphere-sniffing Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission is embarking on a new campaign today to…
What Would be the Benefits of an Interstellar Probe?

January 25, 2019

On July 14th, 2015, the New Horizons mission made history when it became the first robotic spacecraft to…
Nuclear—Deep space travel

January 8, 2019

By automating the production of neptunium oxide-aluminum pellets, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have eliminated a key bottleneck…
NASA’s Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space

December 11, 2018

For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. NASA’s Voyager…
This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on Dec. 2 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 15 miles (24 km). Credits: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona
NASA’s Newly Arrived OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Already Discovers Water on Asteroid

December 11, 2018

Recently analyzed data from NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has revealed water locked…
Planetary Defense: The Bennu Experiment

December 7, 2018

On Dec. 3, after traveling billions of kilometers from Earth, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft reached its target, Bennu, and…
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Arrives at Asteroid Bennu

December 4, 2018

NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft completed its 1.2 billion-mile (2 billion-kilometer) journey to arrive at…
How NASA Will Know When InSight Touches Down

November 17, 2018

What’s the sound of a touchdown on Mars? If you’re at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, it sounds like…
Cosmic Detective Work: Why We Care About Space Rocks

November 8, 2018

The entire history of human existence is a tiny blip in our solar system’s 4.5-billion-year history. No one…
Cassini’s Final View of Titan’s Northern Lakes and Seas

September 14, 2018

During NASA’s Cassini mission’s final distant encounter with Saturn’s giant moon Titan, the spacecraft captured the enigmatic moon’s…
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Begins Asteroid Operations Campaign

August 28, 2018

After an almost two-year journey, NASA’s asteroid sampling spacecraft, the  Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx),…
NASA’s InSight Passes Halfway to Mars, Instruments Check In

August 23, 2018

NASA’s InSight spacecraft, en route to a Nov. 26 landing on Mars, passed the halfway mark on Aug.…
NASA, ULA Launch Parker Solar Probe on Historic Journey to Touch Sun

August 12, 2018

Hours before the rise of the very star it will study, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched from Florida Sunday to…
NASA Prepares to Launch Parker Solar Probe, a Mission to Touch the Sun

July 23, 2018

Early on an August morning, the sky near Cape Canaveral, Florida, will light up with the launch of…
NASA Re-plans Juno’s Jupiter Mission

June 7, 2018

NASA has approved an update to Juno’s science operations until July 2021. This provides for an additional 41…
Dawn Mission: New Orbit, New Opportunities

June 1, 2018

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is maneuvering to its lowest-ever orbit for a close-up examination of the inner solar system’s…
InSight Steers Toward Mars

May 24, 2018

ASA’s InSight lander has made its first course correction toward Mars.InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations,…
More Than 1.1 Million Names Installed on NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

May 23, 2018

Throughout its seven-year mission, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will swoop through the Sun’s atmosphere 24 times, getting closer…
New Views of Sun: 2 Missions Will Go Closer to Our Star Than Ever Before

May 17, 2018

As we develop more and more powerful tools to peer beyond our solar system, we learn more about…
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