NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei Aims for U.S. Spaceflight Record

By Mark Carreau Sep 15, 2021
Veteran NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei may set a new record of 353 days for the longest U.S. human spaceflight.
NASA Awards Contracts To Advance  Human Lunar Landing Systems
NASA has awarded five companies $146 million in contracts to develop and evaluate lunar Human Landing System concepts beyond the planned Artemis III landing.
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Space Station Spacewalk Advances Solar Power Upgrade

By Mark Carreau Sep 12, 2021
Originally planned for Aug. 24, the spacewalk was delayed when NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei experienced a pinched nerve in his neck and had to be replaced for the excursion.

Space Station Cargo Mission Lifts Off From NASA Wallops

By Mark Carreau Aug 10, 2021
The Cygnus carries nearly 8,210 lb. of crew supplies, science experiments and technology development projects.

NASA's Hazardous Asteroid Hunter Given Mission Extension

By Mark Carreau Jul 01, 2021
The aging NEOWISE space telescope, which seeks out asteroids and comets including the many undiscovered objects that could pose an impact threat to the Earth, has had its life extended for two more years.

Facing Cancellation, SOFIA Observatory Probes Star Formation

By Mark Carreau Jun 14, 2021
This could be final year of observations with SOFIA as the White House 2022 budget proposal for NASA calls for the cancellation of the airborne observatory.

NASA Looking For Budget Boost From Biden’s Jobs Bill

By Irene Klotz May 20, 2021
NASA is looking at a proposed Biden administration stimulus bill to boost the agency’s fiscal 2022 budget.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Crew-1 Astronauts Splash Down Safely, a Milestone

By Mark Carreau May 02, 2021
Four NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronauts made a weather-delayed return to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) on May 2.
Defense and Space

Planned SpaceX Crew-1 Return Moves to May 1

By Mark Carreau Apr 27, 2021
NASA and Space X have announced that the planned splashdown of four Crew-1 Dragon astronauts returning from the International Space Station will now take place on May 1 rather than April 28.

Blue Origin, Dynetics Protest NASA HLS Award To SpaceX

By Irene Klotz Apr 26, 2021
Blue Origin and Dynetics filed separate protests on April 26 with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) over NASA’s $2.9 billion award to rival SpaceX for a human lunar landing system demonstration mission.

NASA Articulates Vision For Regional Air Mobility

By Graham Warwick Apr 23, 2021
Through targeted technology investments, regional air mobility can offer early benefits for communities, industry and investors, a new NASA white paper has concluded. 
Airports & Routes

Mars Ingenuity To Be Pushed To Limits After Flawless First Flight

By Guy Norris Apr 20, 2021
Planning is now underway for the second flight, which could come as early as April 22.

NASA Demonstrates Powered Flight On Mars

By Irene Klotz Apr 19, 2021
The 4-lb. Ingenuity rotorcraft, designed and built at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, was airborne in the thin atmosphere of Mars for several seconds, flight test data relayed to ground controllers showed. 

NASA Awards Lunar Human Landing System To SpaceX

By Irene Klotz Apr 16, 2021
SpaceX proposed an HLS based on its Starship, a fully reusable, two-stage, human-class, deep-space transportation system currently in development.

NASA Mars Helicopter Flight Test On Hold

By Irene Klotz Apr 13, 2021
Fixing an issue with NASA’s Mars Ingenuity helicopter will require a slight modification to the vehicle’s software, delaying the first flight test. 

Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 Recovered After Power Issue

By Mark Carreau Mar 15, 2021
Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC-3) aboard NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was reactivated over the weekend, following a low-voltage incident linked to the aging observatory’s recent lapse into safe mode.

NASA Strikes Novel Launch Agreement For ISS Astronauts

By Mark Carreau Mar 10, 2021
NASA has contracted with Axiom Space to acquire a seat aboard Russia’s Soyuz MS-18 for a NASA astronaut to launch to the orbiting science lab on April 9.

Study Suggests Oort Cloud Comets Delivered Life-Enabling Carbon

By Mark Carreau Mar 08, 2021
Comet impacts during the Solar System’s planet-forming period about 4.5 billion years ago may have delivered the carbon essential for life to the rocky planets in the Sun’s habitable zone, according to a new study of the comet Catalina.

Valve Issue Delays SLS Core Stage 'Hot Fire'

By Irene Klotz Feb 23, 2021
NASA has delayed the planned Feb. 25 full-duration hot fire of the Space Launch System (SLS) core stage due to a faulty valve in the system that supplies liquid oxygen to one of the vehicle’s four Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 engines.

Northrop Grumman Cargo Capsule Reaches Space Station

By Mark Carreau Feb 22, 2021
Northrop Grumman’s 15th NASA-contracted Cygnus resupply mission successfully rendezvoused with the International Space Station (ISS) early Feb. 22, enabling astronauts on board to grapple the freighter and its 8,400 lb. cargo with the orbiting lab’s Canadian robot arm.

NASA Buys Falcon Heavy To Launch First Gateway Modules

By Irene Klotz Feb 10, 2021
NASA on Feb. 9 awarded SpaceX a $331 million contract for Falcon Heavy launch and support services to send the first two modules of its planned Gateway outpost toward lunar orbit.

NASA Mulls Additional Soyuz Ride To ISS

By Irene Klotz Feb 10, 2021
With one of its two U.S. commercial space taxi lines not yet operational, NASA is considering bartering for an extra seat on a Russian Soyuz capsule slated to launch in April or May to the International Space Station (ISS), the agency said Feb. 9.

NASA Steps Up Civil Hypersonic Studies With Aerion, GE

By Guy Norris Feb 09, 2021
NASA is transitioning long-running hypersonic technology studies increasingly toward potential commercial applications and has awarded two new contracts supporting high speed design and propulsion work to Aerion Supersonic and GE Aviation respectively.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Biden Administration Makes First Appointments At NASA

By Irene Klotz Jan 21, 2021
On the job less than a day, the Biden administration made its first two appointments at NASA.

NASA’s Mars InSight Lander Team Gives Up On Digging

By Mark Carreau Jan 18, 2021
The unanticipated clumpy nature of the Martian soil at Elysium Planitia, the equatorial landing site, offers little friction for digging meaning a probe cannot be buried.