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The grand era of exclusively federally-funded space exploration is over. Nasa must now boldly go into public-private partnership On Tuesday 17 April, Space Shuttle Discovery took to the air one last time, piggy-backing aboard a modified jumbo jet. She touched down at Washington Dulles Airport, on the final leg of her last mission, which, when complete, will see her installed as a museum exhibit at
Reliable Internet access on the Moon, near Mars or for astronauts on a space station? How about controlling a planetary rover from a spacecraft in deep space? These are just some of the pioneering technologies that ESA is working on for future exploration missions
Virgin Galactic will launch its space-tourism flights from the New Mexico facility.
Astronaut image shows glow of Russian capital at night.
Millions of young stars shine brightly in this enormous stellar nursery at the heart of the Tarantula Nebula. The Hubble space telescope captured this amazing panorama, which reveals intricate details about the expanse known as 30 Doradus. Located about 170
Photos: Space Shuttle Discovery’s Final Voyage (to Museum) See photos of space shuttle Discovery’s final flight to the National Air and Space Museum’s annex… Read More »
Amazing Hubble Photo Reveals Tarantula Nebula’s Star-Filled… The stunning photo captures the heart of the Tarantula nebula in its web. Read More »
This morning, the Space Shuttle Orbiter Discovery took one last flight. Mated on top of a specially-adapted 747, it flew from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Dulles airport just west of Washington DC. My brother-in-law works in DC and got this phenomenal shot of it: Discovery’s ultimate destination is the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center, an annex outside of DC. It will be put
Thousands gather to witness the final laps of Nasa’s last space shuttle as Discovery transported to rest at Smithsonian The space shuttle Discovery flew her last mission on Tuesday. The fleet leader of Nasa’s three surviving shuttles, Discovery did not return to space this week. Instead the shuttle, which flew its last spaceflight in March 2011
Space enthusiasts and DC residents are tweeting their photos and observations as space shuttle Discovery takes its final flight Discovery, the oldest of Nasa’s retired shuttle fleet, left its home at Kennedy Space Center for the final time on Wednesday, riding to its new home, the Smithsonian Institution’s hangar outside Washington, on top a modified jumbo jet
So on Twitter, my pal Carolyn Porco — imaging team leader for the phenomenal Cassini Saturn spacecraft — announced that a bunch of raw (that is, unprocessed) images were just released from Cassini. Taken on April 14, these new shots show the moons Tethys and Enceladus. I’ve written about Enceladus about thirty two bajillion times, because it’s fascinating, and photogenic as heck. Geysers of water
Congress and the President of the United States created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on October 1, 1958. Learn more about the early days of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) history. Discover the impact the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had on the world, especially the Cold War. NASA
Using Newton’s new Laws of motion, the astronomer, Edmond Halley, made a prediction in 1705. He stated that a comet which had appeared in 1531, 1607 and 1682 would reappear in 1758. Although he was proven to be correct, Halley did not live to see it. However, the comet was later named in his honor. During the 20th century, Halley’s Comet appeared in 1910 and 1986. During that most recent visit
ESA astronaut Timothy Peake will soon dive to the bottom of the sea to learn more about exploring space. A permanent underwater base almost 20 m below the waves off the coast of Florida will be Tim’s home for more than a week in June
Space Shuttle Discovery Takes Off on Final Flight to the Sm… Discovery will be permanently displayed at the National Air and Space Museum’s vehicle annex. Read More »
The two Americans aboard the International Space Station have to file by April 17 just like the rest of us.
Rover makes progress on long trek to Endeavour Crater