|NASA’s Hubble Sees a Horsehead of a Different Color|
19 April 2013
Astronomers have used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to photograph the iconic Horsehead Nebula in a new, infrared light to mark the 23rd anniversary of the famous observatory’s launch aboard the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990.
|A tragedy’s lessons for the future|
18 March 2013
NASA took the lessons from the Columbia accident ten years ago and used them to help safely fly out the remaining shuttle missions, but what about future spacecraft? Jeff Foust reports on the views about safety of future human spaceflight vehicles, particularly those being developed commercially, discussed at a recent symposium.
|US military’s robot space plane settles into mystery mission|
25 February 2013
The U.S. Air Force’s mysterious X-37B space plane is quietly chalking up mileage in space more than two months after its latest launch into orbit. The robotic X-37B space plane soared into orbit atop an Atlas 5 rocket from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Dec. 11. The mini-shuttle’s mission is known as Orbital Test Vehicle-3 (OTV-3), since it is the third classified mission under the Air Force’s X-37B programme.
25 February 2013
Jerry Ross might not be a household name, even in the space industry, but he is an accomplished astronaut, flying on seven Space Shuttle missions from 1985 to 2002. Jeff Foust reviews a book where Ross describes how he achieved, and carried out, a childhood goal of becoming an astronaut.
|"Earth is but a spaceship"|
12 February 2013
On 7 February 2008, the Space Shuttle Atlantis took off from Kennedy Space Center, en route to the International Space Station (ISS). Also on board was the European Columbus laboratory.
|Orion reflects safety push after Columbia disaster|
1 February 2013
Ten years after the devastating Columbia space shuttle accident that took the lives of seven astronauts, NASA is building a new spacecraft that will take humans farther into space than ever before, and will incorporate the safety lessons learned from the disaster that befell the agency on 1 February 2003.
|NASA Observes Day of Remembrance Feb. 1|
28 January 2013
NASA will pay will tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency’s Day of Remembrance on Friday, Feb. 1, the 10th anniversary of the Columbia accident.
|Visiting the shuttles|
14 January 2013
Two of the four shuttle orbiters assigned to museums are currently open to the public: Discovery at the Udvar-Hazy Center and Endeavour at the California Science Center. Jeff Foust pays a visit to both to compare and contrast the displays.
|NASA Administrator to Tour Seattle Museum of Flight Jan. 15|
14 January 2013
NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden will tour the Space Shuttle Trainer Crew Compartment in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery at the Seattle Museum of Flight on Tuesday, Jan.15.
|Review: Last Launch|
17 December 2012
The shuttle program ended nearly a year and a half ago with the final flight of Atlantis, but the memories of those final missions remain strong. Jeff Foust reviews a book of photographs of those final launches and tale of reverence they offer for a historic series of spaceships.
|NASA Named Best Place to Work in Government -- Work Force Rallies to Support New Direction in Post-Shuttle Era|
13 December 2012
NASA was named the best place to work in the federal government among large agencies in a survey released today by the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization. This ranking, which reflects NASA’s highest results since this index was developed, makes clear that the agency’s work force is focused on carrying out the nation’s new and ambitious space program.
|Air Force launches new X-37B space plane|
12 December 2012
An Atlas 5 rocket sent a military X-37B mini-shuttle on its first repeat flight - with a months-long mission reportedly aimed at testing advanced spy satellite sensors.
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