The bit carousel — a mechanism that will play a key role in the acquisition, containment and eventual return to Earth of humanity’s first samples from another planet — has been incorporated into NASA’s Mars 2020 rover.
After months grappling with the rugged reality of asteroid Bennu’s surface, the team leading NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission has selected four potential sites for the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft to “tag” its cosmic dance partner.
This new Hubble Space Telescope view of Jupiter, taken on June 27, 2019, reveals the giant planet’s trademark Great Red Spot, and a more intense color palette in the clouds swirling in Jupiter’s turbulent atmosphere than seen in previous years.
Christopher C. Kraft, Jr., who died July 22, 2019, created the concept of NASA’s Mission Control and developed its organization, operational procedures and culture, then made it a critical element of the success of the nation’s human spaceflight programs.
Vice President Mike Pence visited and gave remarks in the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the agency’s Apollo 11 Moon landing and announce to America the completion of NASA’s Orion crew capsule for the first Artemis lunar mission.
They say the computers on board the Apollo spacecraft were not even as powerful as your smartphone.
President John F. Kennedy wasn’t kidding when he said going to the Moon was hard. Much of the technology needed to get to the lunar surface and return didn’t exist at the time of Kennedy’s famous 1962 speech. And much was unknown.
The state-of-the-art heat shield, measuring roughly 16 feet in diameter, which will protect astronauts upon re-entry on the second mission of Artemis, arrived this week at Kennedy Space Center in Florida for assembly and integration with the Orion crew module.
NASA’s Orion spacecraft is scheduled to undergo a design test Tuesday morning of the capsule’s launch abort system (LAS), which is a rocket-powered tower on top of the crew module built to very quickly get astronauts safely away from their launch vehicle if there is a problem during ascent.
This week, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover found a surprising result: the largest amount of methane ever measured during the mission — about 21 parts per billion units by volume (ppbv). One ppbv means that if you take a volume of air on Mars, one billionth of the volume of air is methane.
In June 1969, just a month before liftoff, the Apollo 11 astronauts continued training at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for their mission.
In mission control at Johnson Space Center in Houston, flight controllers simulated part of Orion’s uncrewed flight to the Moon for Artemis 1.
This striking image was taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), a powerful instrument installed on the telescope in 2009.
This 2013 NASA archive features Congress awarding astronaut John Glenn, and Apollo 11 crew Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin with the Congressional Gold Medal.
NASA achieved a significant milestone in manufacturing the first large, complex core stage that will help power the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on upcoming missions to the Moon.
Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins talk to the media one day before their historic launch on the Apollo 11 mission.
Astronaut Michael Collins recalls his experience looking out at the Earth during the Apollo 11 mission in this 2013 NASA archive video.
Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins recount their journey to the moon during 1999 30th anniversary.
Aldrin talks about the achievement of Apollo 11 in this May 2013 NASA file video.