Why space exploration still matters

11:00 a.m. EDT, September 3, 2011

Explanation: Using the prolific planet hunting Kepler spacecraft, astronomers have discovered 1,235 candidate planets orbiting other suns since the Kepler mission's search for Earth-like worlds began in 2009. To find them, Kepler monitors a rich star field to identify planetary transits by the slight dimming of starlight caused […]

Twin GRAIL satellites ready for NASA lunar launch

September 3rd, 2011 by Chris GebhardtWith less than one week to go before the launch of the twin GRAIL lunar satellites from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, NASA has completed the pre-launch flight readiness reviews for both GRAIL and the veteran Delta II rocket which will propel the spacecrafts into their cruise to […]

A new look at the moon from two vantage points

The two spacecraft on NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory will work in tandem in a delicate dance, gathering data that will help scientists gain a better understanding of our nearest neighbor.

The two spacecraft on NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission. GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B are scheduled to arrive on New Year’s […]

Road trip takes satellite from Colo. to Vandenberg

By Janene Scully/Associate Editor janscully@santamariatimes.com |

Cargo set to launch from Delta 2 rocket in October

Ball Aerospace/Contributed Workers at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Co. work on the NPP environmental satellite, which recently arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The first of a new generation of advanced weather satellites has finished the initial stage of […]

Rocket City Space Pioneers Google Lunar X Prize team test-fires “green” rocket engine

A "green" rocket engine designed by Dynetics Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama, undergoes hot-fire testing. (Dynetics photo)

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – The Rocket City Space Pioneers Google Lunar X Prize team announced Friday the successful test-firing of a new “green” rocket engine for its lunar rover. The engine was developed by Dynetics Inc. of Huntsville, corporate-leader […]