Tagged: spacecraft

How Cassini Managed to Live Such a Long and Useful Life at Saturn

How Cassini Managed to Live Such a Long and Useful Life at Saturn

Mission scientists gathered at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on Sept. 15 to say goodbye to the probe and watch its final plunge. JPL was the lead institute on designing and building Cassini, and the probe...

Halley’s Comet: Facts About the Most Famous Comet

Halley’s Comet: Facts About the Most Famous Comet

Halley’s Comet is arguably the most famous comet. It is a “periodic” comet and returns to Earth’s vicinity about every 75 years, making it possible for a human to see it twice in his...

Mars Curiosity: Facts and Information

Mars Curiosity: Facts and Information

The Mars Science Laboratory and its rover centerpiece, Curiosity, is the most ambitious Mars mission yet flown by NASA. The rover’s primary mission is to find out if Mars is, or was, suitable for...

NASA Prepares to Crash Cassini Probe Into Saturn for Mission’s ‘Grand Finale’

NASA Prepares to Crash Cassini Probe Into Saturn for Mission’s ‘Grand Finale’

NASA’s veteran Cassini mission will officially kick off its farewell tour of the Saturn system on April 22 with a final close encounter of the ringed planet’s largest moon, Titan. Five months later, on...

“Alpha Centauri Up Close!” –NASA Looks at Using the Sun as a Giant Gravity Lens to Study Alien Planets

“Alpha Centauri Up Close!” –NASA Looks at Using the Sun as a Giant Gravity Lens to Study Alien Planets

The search for a second Earth orbiting another star is one of astronomy’s greatest challenges. It’s a task that each passing day appears close to fruition. Since astronomers spotted the first exoplanet in 1988,...

China Takes Giant Step Toward Launching Its Space Station –“Will It Replace the ISS When Its Retired in 2024?”

China Takes Giant Step Toward Launching Its Space Station –“Will It Replace the ISS When Its Retired in 2024?”

The core of China’s space station module is scheduled to head out into space in 2018 which will be lifted by the most powerful Chinese rocket, the Long March 5. This dock will be...

In Photos: Tornado Damage at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility

In Photos: Tornado Damage at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility

NASA has begun recovery efforts at its Michoud Assembly Facility after a tornado hit the New Orleans.  The facility was closed on that day, and everyone not involved in the recovery has been evacuated while...