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  • 2020 is set to be the biggest year yet for Mars exploration

    2020 is set to be the biggest year yet for Mars exploration

    2020 is set to be a good year for Mars exploration. The United States, China, the United Arab Emirates, Europe and Russia all have planned Mars missions that are scheduled to launch, or likely to launch, in that year. There have been more than 40 missions to Mars throughout history. Some of these missions were failures, while others completed their goals and are no longer operational. Today… Read More

  • Ceres’ mysterious bright spots revealed in unprecedented detail

    Ceres’ mysterious bright spots revealed in unprecedented detail

    NASA has released close-up images of the dwarf planet Ceres, the biggest object in the asteroid belt, revealing new details about its mysterious bright spots. These images were taken by the Dawn spacecraft, which left Earth nearly a decade ago. Dawn was the first mission to reach a dwarf planet and the first mission to orbit 2 distinct extraterrestrial objects (it orbited Vesta in 2011). Read More

  • Cygnus launches to space station with new experiments on board

    Cygnus launches to space station with new experiments on board

    The Cygnus cargo vehicle was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 11:05pm EST to begin its 3-day journey to the International Space Station (ISS). Launching on top of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket, Cygnus was carrying 7,500 pounds of food, water, science experiments, and other necessary supplies. Now that Cygnus has successfully launched, it will take 2 days… Read More

  • New findings from Pluto mission reveal a dynamic world

    New findings from Pluto mission reveal a dynamic world

    The New Horizons science team has published new findings from their mission to Pluto in a series of 5 articles in the journal Science. The data from the papers reveal that Pluto is much more geologically diverse and dynamic than anyone could have imagined. “These five detailed papers completely transform our view of Pluto – revealing the former ‘astronomer’s… Read More

  • NASA is sending a 3D printer to space that you can use

    NASA is sending a 3D printer to space that you can use

    NASA is preparing to send its first commercial manufacturing facility to the International Space Station (ISS). The 3D printing company Made in Space has partnered with NASA to send their Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) to the space station on a launch scheduled to take place next Tuesday. Users on Earth can pay to use AMF, a 3D printer specially designed to operate in a microgravity… Read More

  • Here’s why NASA is setting fire to a cargo ship in space

    Here’s why NASA is setting fire to a cargo ship in space

    Next Tuesday, Orbital ATK will launch their Cygnus cargo vehicle to the International Space Station (ISS). Cygnus will bring the astronauts on station food, water, and a 3-D printer, among other supplies. Normally, after supplies are unloaded from Cygnus, the crew would fill the cargo ship with trash and send it back to Earth to burn up in the atmosphere. This time, before Cygnus breaks… Read More

  • European Space Agency’s ExoMars successfully starts its journey to the red planet

    European Space Agency’s ExoMars successfully starts its journey to the red planet

    The first phase of ExoMars, an uncrewed Mars mission from the European Space Agency (ESA), successfully launched today from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Lifting off on a Russian Proton-M rocket, the Mars-bound spacecraft has begun its 7 month, 300 million mile long journey and is scheduled to arrive in October. Signal from #ExoMars @ESA_TGO confirmed! We have a mission to #Mars! Read More

  • NASA tests first rocket engine designed to send humans to Mars

    NASA tests first rocket engine designed to send humans to Mars

    NASA has successfully tested their first RS-25 rocket engine for the agency’s next heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), for 500 seconds. The SLS, which will use 4 RS-25 engines in its core stage, is designed to take humans to deep space destinations like asteroids or Mars. NASA stated that “the next time rocket engine No. 2059 fires for that length of time, it will… Read More

  • Astronaut Scott Kelly will retire from NASA next month

    Astronaut Scott Kelly will retire from NASA next month

    After his nearly year-long mission on the International Space Station (ISS) and 20 years of service with NASA, Astronaut Scott Kelly will retire from the agency, effective April 1st. “This year-in-space mission was a profound challenge for all involved, and it gave me a unique perspective and a lot of time to reflect on what my next step should be on our continued journey to help further… Read More

  • NASA’s next Mars mission scheduled for May 2018

    NASA’s next Mars mission scheduled for May 2018

    NASA announced that it will send its next lander to Mars, known as the InSight Mars lander, in May of 2018. The mission was originally on schedule to launch later this month, but a technical issue found late last year put the InSight launch on hold. The new launch date comes as great news to the InSight team because there was a possibility that the technical issue would not be resolved in time… Read More

  • NASA astronaut Scott Kelly breaks American spaceflight record

    NASA astronaut Scott Kelly breaks American spaceflight record

    When former International Space Station Commander Scott Kelly steps out of a Soyuz descent module on the Kazakhstan steppe at around 8.30PM PST later today, after 340 days on the International Space Station, he will have spent more continuous time in space than any other American astronaut. You probably best know the 52-year-old former United States Navy test pilot from his prolific… Read More

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