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  • Arianespace Soyuz ST-A launches with SES-15
    The Arianespace Soyuz ST-A rocket was in action on Thursday, tasked with the lofting of the SES-15 satellite. The launch was only the second time this rocket has...No related posts.
    - 9 days ago 18 May 17, 1:04am -
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 in flawless Inmarsat-5 F4 launch
    SpaceX conducted its sixth launch of the year Monday, with a Falcon 9 rocket deploying the Inmarsat-5 F4 communications satellite. Liftoff, from the Kennedy Space Center, was on...Related posts:SpaceX, Air Force assess more landing pads, Dragon pr…
    - 11 days ago 15 May 17, 12:10pm -
  • NASA will not put a crew on EM-1, cites cost – not safety – as main reason
    In what is a highly welcomed, if not somewhat surprising decision, NASA has officially announced that they will not place a crew onboard the first SLS flight, the EM-1...Related posts:NASA Lunar Imaging CubeSat – SkyFire – to ride with EM-1…
    - 14 days ago 12 May 17, 7:26pm -
  • ISS astronauts complete 200th station EVA for maintenance tasks
    Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) completed the 200th spacewalk in the station’s history, in order to perform a number of maintenance and upgrade tasks outside...Related posts:Astronauts complete second EVA to prepare I…
    - 14 days ago 12 May 17, 1:10pm -
  • Falcon 9 conducts Static Fire test ahead of Inmarsat 5 F4 mission
    SpaceX has demonstrated for a second time just how short a turnaround it can accomplish at LC-39A with Thursday’s static fire of the Falcon 9 that is set...Related posts:SpaceX, Air Force assess more landing pads, Dragon processing at LZ-1 SNC…
    - 15 days ago 11 May 17, 10:41am -

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  • A new chapter
    I wanted to pass along some personal news: I’ve taken a position starting today with SpaceNews, as a senior writer there. I’ll be writing there on a lot about what you’ve seen here and elsewhere: space policy, commercial space, and related topi…
    - 2 Sep 14, 3:24pm -
  • House members seek details on SLS/Orion schedules and spending
    A day after NASA announced that the first SLS may not be ready for launch until as late as November 2018, two key members of the House Science Committee asked NASA for details on both the schedule and funding levels of the SLS and Orion programs. In…
    - 28 Aug 14, 4:28pm -
  • With an SLS slip looming, one senator wants to keep NASA’s budget “on track”
    An announcement Wednesday by NASA that the first launch of the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket could slip by nearly a year has led one key senator to suggest the program needs some budgetary help. NASA announced Wednesday that…
    - 28 Aug 14, 12:18am -
  • Air Force starts search for an RD-180 replacement
    Although the supply of Russian-built RD-180 engines that power the first stage of the Atlas V do not appear to be in the same level of jeopardy as feared earlier this year—United Launch Alliance took delivery of two of those engines last week—the…
    - 26 Aug 14, 4:12pm -
  • House gearing up for CR to last until December
    With no sign of progress on appropriations bills stalled in the Senate, the House is making plans to pass a “clean” continuing resolution that will keep the government running at least into December, a top House member said this week. In an inte…
    - 22 Aug 14, 1:23pm -
  • As China tests ASAT, US pushes multilateral space security efforts
    In a speech at a US Strategic Command symposium last week, a top State Department official made the case again for various multilateral efforts to improve space security, even as China appeared to perform another test of an anti-satellite (ASAT) wea…
    - 21 Aug 14, 2:58pm -
  • Buzz Aldrin endorses candidate in Alaska Senate race
    Republicans in Alaska are going to the polls today to select a candidate to run against incumbent Sen. Mark Begich (D) in the November general election. One of those candidates is hoping that a last-minute endorsement from a famous former astronaut w…
    - 19 Aug 14, 3:21pm -
  • The curious case of a deleted Forbes.com commentary on SpaceX
    SpaceX is no stranger to both strong support and harsh criticism of its activities, particularly in political circles. Last month, for example, three members of the House of Representatives asked NASA for details on an “epidemic of anomalies” the…
    - 19 Aug 14, 2:19pm -
  • Improving SOFIA
    Although a final resolution may not come until late this year, when Congress finally approves a fiscal year 2015 appropriations bill, it appears that NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) program has survived its near-deat…
    - 14 Aug 14, 3:57pm -
  • Orion manager warns he’s “challenged” to make December 2017 launch
    In two separate public appearances last week, the manager of NASA’s Orion spacecraft warned that he is “challenged” to keep Orion on track for the first Space Launch System (SLS) mission in late 2017. Mark Geyer spoke at the Mars Society’s a…
    - 13 Aug 14, 3:13pm -

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  • newNASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 25 May 2017 - Training for a Dragon Arrival
    The Expedition 51 crew trained today for the next SpaceX Dragon mission due early next month. The five crew members also explored how microgravity affects their bodies to help scientists keep astronauts healthy in space....
    - 6 hours ago 26 May 17, 1:15pm -
  • newEarth from Space: Russian Wildfires
    Wildfires break out in the boreal forests of eastern Russia most summers, but last year was particularly bad....
    - 6 hours ago 26 May 17, 12:20pm -
  • newA Whole New Jupiter
    Early science results from NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world...
    - 19 hours ago 26 May 17, 12:03am -
  • newCollapsing Star Gives Birth to a Black Hole
    Astronomers have watched as a massive, dying star was likely reborn as a black hole....
    - 19 hours ago 26 May 17, 12:01am -
  • newOrbital View Of Venice
    Thomas Pesquet: When art supports science. Venice is one of the many cities that will suffer from sea-level rising #BiennaleArte2017...
    - 22 hours ago 25 May 17, 9:13pm -

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  • newA whole new Jupiter with first science results from Juno
    Pasadena CA (JPL) May 26, 2017arly science results from NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm systems that travel deep…
    - 11 hours ago 26 May 17, 7:33am -
  • newFirst results from Juno show cyclones and massive magnetism
    Washington DC (SPX) May 26, 2017On 27 August 2016, the Juno spacecraft made its first close pass around our solar system's largest planet, Jupiter, obtaining insights into its atmosphere and interior that challenge previous assumptions. The Ju…
    - 11 hours ago 26 May 17, 7:33am -
  • newWater forms superstructure around DNA, new study shows
    Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017 New research has allowed scientists to detail the relationship between water molecules and DNA, a breakthrough for biochemistry. The adult human body is 60 percent water. It's essential. But how water interacts with…
    - 11 hours ago 26 May 17, 7:33am -
  • newJupiters complex transient auroras
    Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 26, 2017Combined observations from three spacecraft show that Jupiter's brightest auroral features recorded to date are powered by both the volcanic moon Io and interaction with the solar wind. At Earth, auroras are clea…
    - 11 hours ago 26 May 17, 7:33am -
  • newTesting quantum field theory in a quantum simulator
    Vienna, Austria (SPX) May 26, 2017What happened right after the beginning of the universe? How can we understand the structure of quantum materials? How does the Higgs-Mechanism work? Such fundamental questions can only be answered using quantum f…
    - 11 hours ago 26 May 17, 7:33am -
  • newNASA's Juno probe forces 'rethink' on Jupiter
    Miami (AFP) May 25, 2017 An unmanned NASA spaceship circling Jupiter has spotted massive cyclones at the gas giant's poles, revealing stunning new details about our solar system's largest planet, researchers said Thursday. A NASA statement descri…
    - 11 hours ago 26 May 17, 7:33am -
  • newHow RNA formed at the origins of life
    London, UK (SPX) May 26, 2017A single process for how a group of molecules called nucleotides were made on the early Earth, before life began, has been suggested by a UCL-led team of researchers. Nucleotides are essential to all life on Earth…
    - 11 hours ago 26 May 17, 7:33am -
  • newFirst Juno Science Results Supported by University's Jupiter 'Forecast'
    Leicester UK (SPX) May 26, 2017New observations about the extreme conditions of Jupiter's weather and magnetic fields by University of Leicester astronomers have contributed to the revelations and insights coming from the first close passes of Jup…
    - 11 hours ago 26 May 17, 7:33am -
  • newSupercomputing helps researchers understand Earth's interior
    Chicago IL (SPX) May 26, 2017Contrary to posters you may have seen hanging on the walls in science buildings and classrooms, Lijun Liu, professor of geology at Illinois, knows that Earth's interior is not like an onion. While most textbooks de…
    - 11 hours ago 26 May 17, 7:33am -
  • newNew Horizons Deploys Global Team for Rare Look at Next Flyby Target
    Laurel MD (SPX) May 26, 2017On New Year's Day 2019, more than 4 billion miles from home, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will race past a small Kuiper Belt object known as 2014 MU69 - making this rocky remnant of planetary formation the farthest ob…
    - 11 hours ago 26 May 17, 7:33am -
  • newMPIA: Fast-Growing Galaxies Could Solve Cosmic Riddle
    Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) May 26, 2017Astronomers have discovered a new kind of galaxy in the early universe, less than a billion years after the Big Bang. These galaxies are forming stars more than a hundred times faster than our own Milky Way.…
    - 11 hours ago 26 May 17, 7:33am -
  • newPreparations Continue Before Driving into 'Perseverance Valley'
    Pasadena CA (JPL) May 26, 2017Opportunity is at the top of Perseverance Valley on the rim of Endeavour crater. The plan before proceeding down the valley is to survey the valley from the top and to perform a walk-about survey above the spillwa…
    - 11 hours ago 26 May 17, 7:33am -
  • newAtomic-Scale Imaging Helps Date Planetary Events
    Portsmouth UK (SPX) May 25, 2017Research led by the University of Portsmouth has identified a new way to improve how we measure the age of planetary evolution in our solar system. The study, published in Nature Communications, uses a new atomi…
    - 11 hours ago 26 May 17, 7:33am -
  • newCassini Looks On as Solstice Arrives at Saturn
    Pasadena CA (JPL) May 26, 2017NASA's Cassini spacecraft still has a few months to go before it completes its mission in September, but the veteran Saturn explorer reaches a new milestone today. Saturn's solstice - that is, the longest day of summe…
    - 11 hours ago 26 May 17, 7:33am -
  • newBoeing awarded $1B contract for Redesigned Kill Vehicle
    Washington (UPI) May 23, 2017 Boeing has been awarded a $1 billion modification to a previously awarded contract for development of the Redesigned Kill Vehicle, or RKV. The contract includes payload design, ground testing and integration of the R…
    - 11 hours ago 26 May 17, 7:33am -

SpaceNews

CBS Space News

  • CBS News Space Page is Moving!
    By WILLIAM HARWOODCBS NewsEDITOR’S NOTE: We are in the process of moving stories on this page to the CBS News Sci-Tech page. This site will be taken down in the next few weeks. We appreciate your patience!
    - 30 Jul 15, 3:32am -
  • Cause of Russian Progress failure still TBD
    Four weeks after a Progress space station supply ship spun out of control in a launch mishap, Russian engineers have not yet revealed what might have gone wrong, casting a cloud of uncertainty over downstream flights of unpiloted cargo ships as well…
    - 28 May 15, 2:51am -
  • NASA selects instruments for Europa mission
    Taking a major step toward an eventual robotic mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, NASA has selected nine sophisticated instruments for a solar-powered spacecraft designed to find out whether the hidden realm could support life of some sort, agency o…
    - 26 May 15, 8:45pm -
  • SpaceX cargo ship returns to Earth
    A SpaceX cargo capsule loaded with 3,100 pounds of research samples, no-longer-needed equipment and trash returned to Earth Thursday after a month-long stay at the International Space Station.
    - 21 May 15, 6:25pm -
  • X-37B spaceplane launched on secret mission
    A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket thundered away from Cape Canaveral Wednesday, boosting an unpiloted military spaceplane into orbit for a secret mission.
    - 21 May 15, 2:13am -
  • Air Force set to launch spaceplane on mostly secret mission
    An Air Force X-37B spaceplane, a mini shuttle making the program's fourth flight, is poised for launch Wednesday on a mostly classified mission featuring an unusual hitchhiker: a small publicly-funded satellite built to test the feasibility of using…
    - 19 May 15, 5:35pm -
  • Brightman steps down from station flight
    Soprano and would-be space tourist Sarah Brightman, who was in training for a flight to the International Space Station this fall aboard a Russian Soyuz ferry craft, will not be chasing her dream aloft after all, the singer's website and Facebook pag…
    - 13 May 15, 7:45pm -
  • Russia delays upcoming ISS flights in wake of Progress failure
    Russia is delaying the return to Earth of three space station crew members by about a month in the wake of the April 18 failure of a Russian Progress supply ship. Launch of three fresh crew members also will be delayed, from May 26 to late July.
    - 12 May 15, 8:33pm -
  • SpaceX stages emergency escape system test
    Simulating a launch pad emergency, an unmanned SpaceX Dragon capsule was blasted away from Cape Canaveral Wednesday, shooting to an altitude of several thousand feet before arcing over for an offshore splashdown in a dramatic emergency escape system…
    - 6 May 15, 2:15pm -
  • SpaceX gears up for pad abort test
    SpaceX is readying an unmanned Dragon capsule for a simulated launch pad abort Wednesday, a short, high-speed flight to demonstrate an innovative rocket-powered escape system designed to quickly pull a crew to safety in the event of an impending boos…
    - 5 May 15, 4:24pm -
  • Messenger probe, out of gas, crashes into Mercury
    NASA's hardy Messenger spacecraft, out of fuel at the end of a remarkably successful 11-year mission, ended its life with a bang Thursday, smashing into the hellish surface of Mercury at some 8,750 miles per hour and blasting out a new crater in the…
    - 30 Apr 15, 9:01pm -
  • Blue Origin launches sub-orbital New Shepard test flight
    Blue Origin, a rocket engine and spacecraft development company owned by Amazon-founder Jeff Bezos, carried out an unpiloted maiden test flight of the company's New Shepard sub-orbital launch vehicle Wednesday, the company revealed early Thursday.
    - 30 Apr 15, 7:19am -
  • New Horizons detects possible polar cap on Pluto
    New photos and animations of Pluto and its large moon Charon taken by the fast-approaching New Horizons probe are revealing distinct surface features for the first time, including a bright area that could be a snowy polar cap, mission managers said W…
    - 29 Apr 15, 9:30pm -
  • Russian abandon efforts to salvage wayward cargo ship
    Russian flight controllers have given up attempting to salvage a Progress cargo ship loaded with 3 tons of supplies and equipment intended for the International Space Station. Instead, the spacecraft likely will re-enter the atmosphere and burn up wi…
    - 29 Apr 15, 4:04pm -
  • Progress cargo ship spins out of control after launch
    A Russian Progress supply ship loaded with more than 3 tons of supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station apparently spun out of control shortly after reaching orbit Tuesday, putting the resupply mission in jeopardy.
    - 28 Apr 15, 2:34pm -

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  • A Whole New Way of Looking at Jupiter
    NASA released photographs of Jupiter today taken by its Juno spacecraft that show the planet in an entirely new light.  Juno is the first spacecraft to fly around the planet's polar axis and the view from there could not be more different than the…
    - 2 days ago 25 May 17, 4:00am -
  • No Good News for FAA Space Office in FY2018 Request
    After successfully fighting to get a budget boost in FY2017, the FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) is back to the drawing board in the Trump Administration's FY2018 request.  The office won a $2 million increase to $19.8 million…
    - 3 days ago 24 May 17, 4:00am -
  • NOAA's Polar Follow On Bears Brunt of Weather Satellite Cutbacks
    NOAA's FY2018 budget request shows a sharp decline in spending for its satellite programs.  Some of that is due to planned reductions as development programs ramp down, but the Polar Follow On program would suffer a significant cut and plans for ne…
    - 4 days ago 23 May 17, 4:00am -
  • NASA Holding Its Own, But FY2018 Request Portrays Murky Future
    President Trump's complete FY2018 budget request was sent to Congress today.  It confirms that NASA's budget for the next five years is projected to be flat at $19.062 billion, with no adjustment for inflation. That will complicate efforts to move…
    - 4 days ago 23 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Thompson New Head of Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center
    Lt. Gen. John Thompson took over as head of Air Force Space Command's (AFSC's) Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) today, succeeding Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves.   Greaves is assuming command of the Missile Defense Agency.Thompson was nominated by…
    - 5 days ago 22 May 17, 4:00am -
  • NASA Planning Afternoon of Events for FY2018 Budget Request Rollout
    President Trump will submit his complete FY2018 budget request to Congress tomorrow (Tuesday) and NASA is planning an afternoon-long series of events to highlight what they are doing now and what the budget request proposes for the future.Although…
    - 5 days ago 22 May 17, 4:00am -
  • ISS Astronauts Ready for Unplanned Spacewalk
    Two NASA astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are preparing for an unplanned spacewalk tomorrow (Tuesday) to replace a failed data relay unit that was installed just two months ago.  Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer will begin their sp…
    - 5 days ago 22 May 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy May 22-27, 2017 - UPDATE
    Here is our list of space policy events for the week of May 22-27, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week. [Updated with more information about Tuesday's contingency ISS spacewalk].During the W…
    - 6 days ago 21 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Top Air Force Officials: Space Now is a Warfighting Domain
    New Secretary of the Air Force (SecAF) Heather Wilson and three top Air Force space leaders told Congress today that space no longer is just an enabler and force enhancer for U.S. military operations, it is a warfighting domain just like air, land,…
    - 10 days ago 17 May 17, 4:00am -
  • GAO Gives NASA Mixed Results for Management of Major Projects
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) gave NASA mixed results in its annual review of the agency's major projects.  Although cost and schedule performance for most of NASA's portfolio continues to improve, two projects -- InSight and an update…
    - 11 days ago 16 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Cardin Vows to Continue Mikulski's Advocacy for NASA, NOAA
    Acknowledging that he has big shoes to fill, Maryland's new senior Senator Ben Cardin  (D-MD) vowed to continue the space advocacy exhibited by his retired colleague Sen. Barbara Mikulski.   She was legendary in her influential support for NASA an…
    - 12 days ago 15 May 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy May 15-19, 2017
    Here is our list of space policy events for the week of May 15-19, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week.During the WeekThe D.C. space community looked forward every year to Sen. Barbara Miku…
    - 13 days ago 14 May 17, 4:00am -
  • First SLS/Orion Launch Slips to 2019, No Crew
    NASA announced today that its feasibility study of adding a crew to the first launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion crew capsule might be technically feasible, but, all things considered, it is better to stick to the original plan of lau…
    - 15 days ago 12 May 17, 4:00am -
  • GAO Requested to Study Restoring FAA Commercial Space Office to Secretary's Level
    Three members of the House have sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a study on the feasibility of elevating the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST) to the S…
    - 17 days ago 10 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Heather Wilson Confirmed as Secretary of the Air Force
    Former Congresswoman Heather Wilson has been confirmed by the Senate to serve as the next Secretary of the Air Force (SecAF).  The vote was 76-22.Wilson was approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) last month, but an unnamed Senator…
    - 18 days ago 9 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Draft Bill Would Give Commerce, Not FAA, "Mission Authorization" Function
    A draft bill being circulated for discussion would assign to the Department of Commerce (DOC) responsibility for registering non-government space activities to ensure, among other things, compliance with U.S. treaty obligations.  For more than a ye…
    - 19 days ago 8 May 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy May 8-12, 2017
    Here's our list of space policy events for the week of May 8-12, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The Senate is in session this week; the House is in recess.During the WeekAlthough the House is taking a week off from Washington duti…
    - 20 days ago 7 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Senate Joins House in Approving FY2017 Approps Bill - UPDATE
    The Senate passed the FY2017 omnibus appropriations bill today.  President Trump is expected to sign it into law before midnight tomorrow.  Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) won praise from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for winning the increas…
    - 23 days ago 4 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Congress Advances FY2017 Appropriations, Space Weather Legislation
    Congress is making progress on passing the final FY2017 omnibus appropriations bill as well as legislation to clarify federal responsibilities for space weather research and forecasting.Today, the House passed the appropriations bill, H.R. 244, by…
    - 24 days ago 3 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Final FY2017 Appropriations Bill Gives NASA Big Boost
    Over the weekend, congressional leaders agreed on a final FY2017 omnibus appropriations bill.  NASA would be funded at $19.653 billion, a substantial increase over the amount requested last year by President Obama and somewhat more than approved by…
    - 26 days ago 1 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Future Polar Weather Satellites Down, Space Weather Up in NOAA's FY2017 Final Appropriations
    NOAA's Polar Follow On (PFO) program to build the third and fourth Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) weather spacecraft is the only satellite program that will be cut substantially in the final FY2017 omnibus appropriations bill.   By contrast, f…
    - 26 days ago 1 May 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy May 1-6, 2017
    Here is our list of space policy events for the week of May 1-6, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week.During the WeekSpaceX scrubbed its launch of a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) sate…
    - 27 days ago 30 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • NASA Agrees With GAO -- First SLS/Orion Mission Will Slip to 2019
    In response to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released today, the head of NASA's human exploration program agreed with GAO's conclusion that Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1), the first flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) an…
    - 30 days ago 27 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • Space Station Spacesuits Suffer After Shuttle Shutdown
    NASA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report today assessing NASA's management of its existing spacesuits and development of new models.  It expressed concern about Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuits used on the Internation…
    - 31 days ago 26 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • Trump Wants to Get To Mars Sooner Rather than Later
    During a telephone call with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) today, President Donald Trump stressed the goal of getting kids interested in STEM education, but he also made clear that he wants to accelerate efforts to get…
    - 33 days ago 24 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy April 23-28, 2017
    Here is our list of space policy events for the week of April 23-28, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week.During the Week President Trump and his daughter Ivanka will make a 20-minute phone…
    - 34 days ago 23 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • China Takes Another Step Towards Permanent Space Station - UPDATE
    China successfully launched its Tianzhou-1 space station cargo resupply spacecraft today.  If all goes according to plan, it will rendezvous and dock with the Tiangong-2 space station three times and demonstrate in-orbit refueling.  With such a ca…
    - 37 days ago 20 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • NASA IG: Journey to Mars Cost $26 Billion Through FY2016, Future Costs Unclear
    NASA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) reports that NASA spent $26 billion from FY2006-2016 on programs to send humans beyond low Earth orbit (LEO) -- what was called the Journey to Mars during the Obama Administration.  In an April 13 report, th…
    - 39 days ago 18 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • China Readies First Space Station Cargo Mission - UPDATE
    China is getting ready to launch its first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, to its Tiangong-2 space station later this week.  China's Xinhua news services says the launch will take place between April 20 and 24.  This is a test of robotic in-orbit re…
    - 40 days ago 17 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy April 17-22, 2017
    Here is our list of space policy events for the week of April 17-22, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in recess this week.During the WeekTopic A this week is the International Space Station (ISS) and not jus…
    - 41 days ago 16 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • Evidence Mounts for Hydrothermal Vents on Enceladus, Plumes on Europa
    NASA announced new findings today about two of the solar system's "ocean worlds" -- places other than Earth where global oceans may exist and, with them, the chance for life.  Data from the Cassini spacecraft already have indicated that Saturn's mo…
    - 44 days ago 13 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • On Cosmonautics Day, Russia Laments State of Space Program
    On this day in 1961, the Soviet Union launched the first human being into space -- Yuri Gagarin.  It was the height of the Cold War and Soviet space achievements were outshining the United States.  Fast forward 56 years and the two former spac…
    - 45 days ago 12 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • G-7 Foreign Ministers Call for Safe, Secure, Sustainable Space Environment
    The foreign ministers of the G-7 countries issued a joint communique yesterday in which they recognized the importance of space activities and called for a safe, secure, sustainable and stable space environment, increased transparency, and strengthe…
    - 45 days ago 12 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy April 10-22, 2017
    Here is our list of space policy events for the next TWO weeks, April 10-22, 2017, and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in recess for two weeks.During the WeeksAt last!  We're getting a bit of a break.  With C…
    - 48 days ago 9 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • Hyten: Our Job is to Ensure No War in Space, But ...
    General John Hyten (USAF), Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), said today that "our job is to make sure war does not extend into space" if possible.  At the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, he repeatedly invoked the Command's…
    - 51 days ago 6 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • Cassini About To Begin Grand Finale Dives into Saturn's Atmosphere
    NASA's Cassini spacecraft is about to begin its "Grand Finale" that will bring an end to its 20 years in space, 13 of which have been spent exploring Saturn, its rings and its moons.  It is running out of fuel and to avoid any possible contaminatio…
    - 53 days ago 4 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • Air Force Restructures Space Responsibilities, JICSpOC Gets New Name
    Acting Secretary of the Air Force (SecAF) Lisa Disbrow announced a number of changes to the Air Force "space enterprise" today, starting with creation of a new position of deputy chief of staff for space.  Also today, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRA…
    - 53 days ago 4 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy April 3-7, 2017
    Here is our list of space policy events for the week of April 3-7, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week (then will be in recess for the subsequent two weeks).During the WeekTHE BIG SPACE EVE…
    - 55 days ago 2 Apr 17, 4:00am -
  • SpaceX Launches, Lands Reused First Stage, Recovers Payload Fairing
    SpaceX successfully launched the SES-10 communications satellite today with a reused Falcon 9 first stage.  The first stage then was recovered for a second time, safely landing on a drone ship at sea.  SpaceX CEO and Lead Designer Elon Musk said h…
    - 58 days ago 30 Mar 17, 4:00am -
  • FY2018 Budget May Be Topic A, but FY2017 Still not Settled
    President Trump's release of his FY2018 budget blueprint may be the budget topic of the day, but it is important to remember that FY2017 funding is not yet settled.  NASA, NOAA, DOD and other federal agencies are funded under a Continuing Resolutio…
    - 59 days ago 29 Mar 17, 4:00am -
  • NASA Continues Journey to Mars Planning
    The Trump Administration has said very little about its plans for NASA's human spaceflight program other than terminating the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), but NASA continues to shape its architecture for sending people to Mars in the 2030s.  Th…
    - 60 days ago 28 Mar 17, 4:00am -
  • SpaceX, SES Ready for First Launch of "Flight Proven" Falcon 9
    A successful static fire test of a SpaceX Falcon 9 today sets the stage for the company's first launch of a reused Falcon 9 on Thursday.  The payload is the SES-10 communications satellite.  The Falcon 9's first stage previously launched a cargo r…
    - 61 days ago 27 Mar 17, 4:00am -
  • What's Happening in Space Policy March 27-31, 2017
    Here is our list of space policy events for the week of March 27-31, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.   The House and Senate will be in session.During the WeekBefore we get started on what's coming up, in case you missed it, yesterd…
    - 62 days ago 26 Mar 17, 4:00am -
  • Trump Signs NASA Bill, Pence Says Space Council Imminent
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Collapsing Star Gives Birth to a Black Hole
Collapsing Star Gives Birth to a Black Hole
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Hubble Spots Moon Around Third Largest Dwarf Planet
Hubble Spots Moon Around Third Largest Dwarf Planet
- 8 days ago 18 May 17, 5:00pm -
Observatories Combine to Crack Open the Crab Nebula
Observatories Combine to Crack Open the Crab Nebula
- 16 days ago 10 May 17, 5:00pm -
A Lot of Galaxies Need Guarding in This NASA Hubble View
A Lot of Galaxies Need Guarding in This NASA Hubble View
- 22 days ago 4 May 17, 2:00pm -
A New Angle on Two Spiral Galaxies for Hubble's 27th Birthday
A New Angle on Two Spiral Galaxies for Hubble's 27th Birthday
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Hubble Spots Possible Venting Activity on Europa
Hubble Spots Possible Venting Activity on Europa
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Jessie Dotson Talks About Discovering Exoplanets
Jessie Dotson Talks About Discovering Exoplanets
- 4 days ago 22 May 17, 8:15pm -
Astronomers Confirm Orbital Details of TRAPPIST-1’s Least Understood Planet
Astronomers Confirm Orbital Details of TRAPPIST-1’s Least Understood Planet
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Illustration of an Earth-Sized 'Tatooine' Planet
Illustration of an Earth-Sized 'Tatooine' Planet
- 22 days ago 4 May 17, 2:04pm -
Planet Hunters Named in TIME’s Top 100 Most Influential People
Planet Hunters Named in TIME’s Top 100 Most Influential People
- 36 days ago 20 Apr 17, 7:33pm -
Kepler Scientist on Time Magazine's Most Influential List
Kepler Scientist on Time Magazine's Most Influential List
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Earth-Sized 'Tatooine' Planets Could Be Habitable
Earth-Sized 'Tatooine' Planets Could Be Habitable
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