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  • newSLS EM-1 Is Not Going To Launch On Time Folks
    GAO: NASA Human Space Exploration: Delay Likely for First Exploration Mission "With less than 2 years until the planned November 2018 launch date for its first exploration mission (EM-1), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) thr…
    - 4 hours ago 27 Apr 17, 6:13pm -
  • Dawn Spacecraft 3rd Reaction Wheel Malfunctions
    Dawn Observing Ceres; 3rd Reaction Wheel Malfunctions, NASA JPL "While preparing for this observation, one of Dawn's two remaining reaction wheels stopped functioning on April 23. By electrically changing the speed at which these gyroscope-like devic…
    - 1 day ago 26 Apr 17, 9:08pm -
  • NASA OIG Reports Spacesuit Inventory Low and Replacements Years Away
    NASA OIG: NASA's Management and Development of Spacesuits, NASA OIG "NASA continues to manage an array of design and health risks associated with the EMUs used by ISS crew. In addition, only 11 of the 18 original EMU Primary Life...
    - 1 day ago 26 Apr 17, 7:31pm -
  • Today's Congressional Hearing on Astrobiology
    Hearing: Advances in the Search for Life Hearing charter "The NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 established "The search for life's origin, evolution, distribution, and future in the universe," as one of the national space program's objectives…
    - 1 day ago 26 Apr 17, 3:57pm -
  • Is Google Building a Secret Airship at NASA Ames?
    With Secret Airship, Sergey Brin Also Wants to Fly, Bloomberg "Larry Page has his flying cars. Sergey Brin shall have an airship. Brin, the Google co-founder, has secretly been building a massive airship inside of Hangar 2 at the NASA...
    - 1 day ago 26 Apr 17, 2:34pm -
  • Senate Hearing on Tap: Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act
    Reopening the American Frontier: Reducing Regulatory Barriers and Expanding American Free Enterprise in Space (Live at 10:00 a.m. EDT) U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, will convene a h…
    - 1 day ago 26 Apr 17, 11:14am -
  • Astrobiology Then and Now
    Astrobiology Has Arrived: A Personal Recollection, Keith Cowing "I am currently attending the Astrobiology Science Conference where the world's astrobiologists all meet to showcase their results and share ideas. There was a time, barely 20 years ago,…
    - 2 days ago 26 Apr 17, 2:21am -
  • NASA Invites Entrepreneurs to Another Industry Day
    NASA has opened registration for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Industry Day. NASA SBIR/STTR Industry Day Date: June 25-27th, 2017 Location: NASA Ames Research Center Building 152 Moffe…
    - 2 days ago 25 Apr 17, 8:26pm -
  • Mars History Adds Credence to Late Heavy Bombardment Theory
    SwRI-Led Team Discovers Lull in Mars' Giant Impact History "The new results reveal that Mars' impact history closely parallels the bombardment histories we've inferred for the Moon, the asteroid belt, and the planet Mercury," Bottke said. "We refer t…
    - 2 days ago 25 Apr 17, 7:05pm -
  • Accepting More Personal Risk In Space Exploration
    Keith's note: People who engage on expeditions to risky and dangerous places on Earth regulary waive certain safety and medical regulations in order to participate. I have done it more than once in the arctic and at Everest. You...
    - 2 days ago 25 Apr 17, 4:19pm -
  • NASA Super Pressure Balloon Lifts Off From New Zealand
    NASA's Launches Football Stadium Sized Super Balloon From New Zealand [With Video] "NASA successfully launched its football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, April 25 (6:50 p.m. Ap…
    - 2 days ago 25 Apr 17, 2:12pm -
  • SpaceX Launches From New Zealand According To U.S. Ambassador Nominee
    Keith's note: New Zealand ambassador nominee Scott Brown "I'm not sure our folks understand, but a lot of launches for SpaceX go right out of New Zealand."...
    - 3 days ago 25 Apr 17, 1:55am -
  • Last Cassini Flyby of Titan Completed
    Cassini Completes Final and Fateful Titan Flyby "NASA's Cassini spacecraft has had its last close brush with Saturn's hazy moon Titan and is now beginning its final set of 22 orbits around the ringed planet." "The spacecraft made its 127th...
    - 3 days ago 24 Apr 17, 6:56pm -
  • President Trump Places a Call to the ISS
    Marc's note: At 10:00 a.m. ET President Trump, Ivanka Trump and NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins will call the ISS from the White House to speak with Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA. Will we hear...
    - 3 days ago 24 Apr 17, 11:30am -
  • Update: Heading For AbSciCon 2017
    Keith's note: This coming week I will be at the Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon). As such my posting on NASAWatch will be somewhat limited. But Marc will be keeping an eye on things. I will be tweeting about the...
    - 4 days ago 24 Apr 17, 3:54am -

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  • newLakebeds in Holden Crater on Mars
    Holden Crater was once filled by at least two different lakes. The sediments deposited in those lakes are relatively light-toned where exposed, as seen in this observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter....
    - 53 mins ago 27 Apr 17, 9:49pm -
  • newNASA Cassini Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings
    NASA's Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after its successful first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017....
    - 8 hours ago 27 Apr 17, 3:08pm -
  • newNASA Study Challenges Long-held Tsunami Formation Theory
    A new NASA study is challenging a long-held theory that tsunamis form and acquire their energy mostly from vertical movement of the seafloor....
    - 8 hours ago 27 Apr 17, 2:23pm -
  • newSide View of Earth's Atmosphere
    Thomas Pesquet: A side view: clouds burgeoning in the atmosphere. The theoretical limit of space is the Karman line, at 100km altitude. No cloud reaches that high: they are usually blocked by the tropopause which marks the entry of the...
    - 10 hours ago 27 Apr 17, 12:18pm -
  • newDealing With Space Debris
    With more than 750 000 pieces of dangerous debris now orbiting Earth, the urgent need for coordinated international action to ensure the long-term sustainability of spaceflight is a major finding from Europe's largest-ever conference on space debris.…
    - 20 hours ago 27 Apr 17, 2:38am -
  • newNew Look at Opportunity's Landing Site
    A new observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captures the landing platform that the rover Opportunity left behind in Eagle Crater more than 13 years and 27 miles (or 44 kilometers) ago....
    - 20 hours ago 27 Apr 17, 2:31am -
  • Brightening of a Supernova's Light
    An international team of astronomers has, for the first time, seen a cosmic magnification of the light from a class of supernova called Type Ia....
    - 1 day ago 26 Apr 17, 9:42pm -
  • NASA: Iceball Planet Discovered Through Microlensing
    Scientists have discovered a new planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance that we orbit our sun....
    - 1 day ago 26 Apr 17, 8:49pm -
  • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 25 April 2017 - NanoRack External Platform Operations
    Today: NanoRacks External Platform (NREP) Operations: The crew pressurized the Japanese Experiment Module Airlock (JEMAL), performed a leak check and extended the JEMAL Slide Table (ST) into the JEM Pressurized Module (JPM)....
    - 1 day ago 26 Apr 17, 8:37pm -
  • The Nile Delta Seen From Orbit
    Thomas Pesquet: Can you spot the pyramids with a bit of zoom? You should spot Alexandria, Cairo and the Suez Canal...
    - 1 day ago 26 Apr 17, 12:16pm -
  • Glorioso Islands Seen From Orbit
    Thomas Pesque A new landing strip on a small island, this time in the Glorioso Islands. It seems not to be in use (does it count as an airport from space?)...
    - 2 days ago 26 Apr 17, 2:25am -
  • SwRI-Led Team Discovers Lull in Mars' Giant Impact History
    From the earliest days of our solar system's history, collisions between astronomical objects have shaped the planets and changed the course of their evolution....
    - 2 days ago 25 Apr 17, 5:53pm -
  • NASA's Launches Football Stadium Sized Super Balloon From New Zealand
    NASA successfully launched its football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, April 25 (6:50 p.m. April 24 in U.S. Eastern Time), on a mission designed to run 100 or more days floating…
    - 2 days ago 25 Apr 17, 1:50pm -
  • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 24 April 2017 - President Trump Calls the ISS
    Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson broke the U.S. record today for most cumulative time living in space, surpassing astronaut Jeff Williams' record of 534 days set during his four spaceflights. She passed Williams' mark at 1:27 a.m. EDT....
    - 2 days ago 25 Apr 17, 1:40pm -
  • Dubai At Night From Orbit
    Thomas Pesquet: Is that shape distinctive enough? ;) Yes it is Dubai by night!...
    - 2 days ago 25 Apr 17, 12:14pm -

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

Lyrids in Southern Skies
Lyrids in Southern Skies
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Mt. Etna Lava Plume
Mt. Etna Lava Plume
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A Split Ion Tail for Comet Lovejoy E4
A Split Ion Tail for Comet Lovejoy E4
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A White Battle in the Black Sea
A White Battle in the Black Sea
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The Holographic Principle
The Holographic Principle
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Between the Rings
Between the Rings
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