Space

Vanguard Satellite, 1958

Vanguard Satellite, 1958
One of the Vanguard satellites is checked out at Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1958. Vanguard 1, the world’s first solar-powered satellite, launched on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) 1958. It was designed to test the launch capabilities of a three-stage launch vehicle .. . . . → Read More: Vanguard Satellite, 1958
Space

Curiosity Self-Portrait at ‘Mojave’ Site on Mount Sharp

Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' Site on Mount Sharp
The scene combines dozens of images taken during January 2015 by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera at the end of the rover's robotic arm. The pale "Pahrump Hills" outcrop surrounds the rover, and the upper portion of Mount Sharp is visible on the horizon. . . . → Read More: Curiosity Self-Portrait at ‘Mojave’ Site on Mount Sharp
Space

Astronaut Barry Wilmore on the First of Three Spacewalks

Astronaut Barry Wilmore on the First of Three Spacewalks
The spacewalks are designed to lay cables along the forward end of the U.S. segment to bring power and communication to two International Docking Adapters slated to arrive later this year. The new docking ports will welcome U.S. commercial spacecraft launching from Florida beginning in 2017, permitting the standard station crew size to grow from six to seven and potentially double the amount of crew time devoted to research. . . . → Read More: Astronaut Barry Wilmore on the First of Three Spacewalks
Space

Hubble Spies a Loopy Galaxy

Hubble Spies a Loopy Galaxy
This NASA Hubble Space Telescope photo of NGC 7714 presents an especially striking view of the galaxy's smoke-ring-like structure. The golden loop is made of sun-like stars that have been pulled deep into space, far from the galaxy's center. The galaxy is located approximately 100 million light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Pisces. The universe is full of such galaxies that are gravitationally stretched and pulled and otherwise distorted in gravitational tug-o'-wars with bypassing galaxies. . . . → Read More: Hubble Spies a Loopy Galaxy
Space

NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy
Water vapor in the Earth's atmosphere absorbs infrared radiation, preventing a large section of the infrared spectrum from reaching ground-based observatories. SOFIA is a heavily modified Boeing 747 Special Performance jetliner that flies at altitudes between 39,000 to 45,000 feet (12 to 14 km), above more than 99 percent of Earth's atmospheric water vapor giving astronomers the ability to study celestial objects at wavelengths that cannot be seen from ground-based observatories. . . . → Read More: NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy
Space

NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Ready for Jan. 29 Launch

NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Ready for Jan. 29 Launch
The sun sets behind Space Launch Complex 2 (SLC-2) with the Delta II rocket and the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory protected by the service structure on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. SMAP is NASA’s first Earth-observing satellite designed to collect global observations of surface soil moisture and its freeze/thaw state. . . . → Read More: NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Ready for Jan. 29 Launch
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Liftoff of SpaceX Resupply Mission to the International Space Station

Liftoff of SpaceX Resupply Mission to the International Space Station
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the Dragon resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station. Liftoff was at 4:47 a.m. EST on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. . . . → Read More: Liftoff of SpaceX Resupply Mission to the International Space Station
Science & Technology

Nissan and NASA to Work on Self-driving Cars

Nissan and NASA to Work on Self-driving Cars
The companies on Thursday announced establishing a five-year research and development partnership to advance self-drive systems and bring them to a commercial level. Further research will be carried out in Silicon Valley, NASA and Nissan said in a joint statement. . . . → Read More: Nissan and NASA to Work on Self-driving Cars
Space

View of the Alps From Space

View of the Alps From Space
Expedition 42 Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (ESA) took this photograph of the Alps from the International Space Station, and posted it to social media on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. She wrote, "I'm biased, but aren't the Alps from space spectacular? What a foggy day on the Po plane, though! #Italy". Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Samantha Cristoforetti . . . → Read More: View of the Alps From Space