Category: NASA News and Space Discoveries

Q&A: NASA Astronaut Nick Hague Describes Moment Soyuz Rocket Failed

On Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, Nick Hague’s planned launch to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft ended minutes later in a safe landing on Earth, after an issue with the rocket’s booster. He answered questions for the first time on Oct. 16, in a Facebook Live event with NASA’s followers.

VIDEO: NASA Helps Bring Story of Historic Moon Landing, Neil Armstrong to Younger Generations

The first steps on the Moon – fueled by a national will to excel – marked a turning point for America and humanity as a whole. At the core of that historic moment, however, lay the story of one man whose strength, perseverance and personal conviction brought him to the moment his foot would leave the indelible and iconic imprint on the lunar surface.

NASA: International Space Station Spacewalks Set Oct. 19 and Oct. 25

Astronauts on the International Space Station will conduct spacewalks Friday, Oct. 19, and Thursday, Oct. 25, to continue power system upgrades, and experts will preview the work during a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 16, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

NASA Voyager 2 Has Detected an Increase in Cosmic Rays That Originate Outside Our Solar System

NASA’s Voyager 2 probe, currently on a journey toward interstellar space, has detected an increase in cosmic rays that originate outside our solar system. Launched in 1977, Voyager 2 is a little less than 11 billion miles (about 17.7 billion kilometers) from Earth, or more than 118 times the distance from Earth to the Sun.

NASA: Parker Solar Probe Changed the Game Before it Even Launched

On Oct. 3, 2018, Parker Solar Probe performed the first significant celestial maneuver of its seven-year mission. As the orbits of the spacecraft and Venus converged toward the same point, Parker Solar Probe slipped in front of the planet, allowing Venus’ gravity — relatively small by celestial standards — to twist its path and change its speed.