Excalibur Almaz Inc. (EAI) successfully completed its Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) partnership with NASA's Commercial Crew Program. Through CCDev2, NASA is spurring innovation and development of safe, reliable and cost-effective spacecraft and launch vehicles capable of transporting astronauts to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station.
From fresh rover tracks to an impact crater blasted billions of years ago, a newly completed view from the panoramic camera on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the ruddy terrain around the outcrop where the long-lived explorer spent its most recent Martian winter.
NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, is slated to land on the Red Planet on Aug. 6, 2012 (EDT).
07.02.12 - Portals, a favorite sci-fi theme, are openings in space or time that connects travelers to distant realms. If only they actually existed ... It turns out that they do, sort of.
07.05.12 - Technicians at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center are testing special optical equipment to verify the alignment of the actual flight instruments that will fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope.
07.02.12 - A Black Brant IX sounding rocket carrying the Solar Ultraviolet Magnetograph Investigation, or SUMI, experiment, successfully launched from the White Sands Test Facility Thursday afternoon. Sumi will study the intricate, constantly changing magnetic fields on the sun in a hard-to-observe area of the sun's low atmosphere called the chromosphere.
07.02.12 - The Orion capsule that will make the first flight test into space arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, June 29, where it will be built up into a fully functioning spacecraft ahead of a test flight slated for 2014.
07.03.12 - A new study based on observations from a trio of orbiting X-ray telescopes -- including NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Japan-led Suzaku satellite -- indicates that intense magnetic fields drive torrents of gas into the stellar surface, where they heat large areas to millions of degrees. X-rays emitted by these hot spots betray the newborn star's rapid rotation.
07.04.12 - The sun fires off a solar flare on the Fourth of July.
07.02.12 - One month and a day after celebrating its independence, America will carry its penchant for awe-inspiring aerial pyrotechnic displays to the skies of another world.
06.28.12 - An international team of astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has detected significant changes in the atmosphere of a planet located beyond our solar system.