The commercialization of space has been contemplated, desired, and rejected at various times since the US space program began in 1958. Some believe that it is inevitable that space be exploited for its resources, just as any other of man’s environments. Others believe that the United States’ chief space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space […]
A European space observatory that’s surveying the light left over from the birth of the universe has wrapped up a big part of its mission. The High Frequency Instrument (HFI), one of two sensors aboard the European Space Agency’s Planck spacecraft, ran out of its vital coolant as planned Saturday (Jan. 14), ESA officials announced. […]
Science fiction author David Brin speculates on the future of the space program. Where should we be going? Brin suggests caching supplies ahead of sending a manned mission. David Brin is the author of books such as The Postman, Startide Rising, The Transparent Society and The Uplift War. For more information, visit: www.davidbrin.com Follow him […]
STATUS REPORTDate Released: Wednesday, December 7, 2011Source: NASA MESSENGER MESSENGER Executes Final Orbit Correction Maneuver of Primary Science Mission The MESSENGER spacecraft successfully completed a fifth orbit-correction maneuver today to lower MESSENGER’s periapsis altitude from 442 to 200 kilometers and decrease the orbital period from 12 hours to 11 hours and 47 minutes. MESSENGER was […]
PRESS RELEASEDate Released: Friday, January 13, 2012Source: American Geophysical Union Lunar Images Alter Understanding of Impact History New images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter could change our view of the history of impacts on the Moon. In 1972 the Apollo 17 mission took samples from the region of the Serenitatis impact basin. Scientists believed that […]
The crew of STS-135, the final space shuttle mission, talks about the vibrancy of the International Space Station as a stepping stone for NASA’s plans for future human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit.