May 28, 2017

News Headlines

  • Jupiter surprises in first trove of data from NASA’s Juno mission

    May 26, 2017

    The first months of observations of the solar system’s biggest planet from NASA’s Juno spacecraft have revealed huge swirling polar cyclones, previously-undetected structures and motions beneath Jupiter’s distinctive clouds, and the first evidence for what lies at the core of the gas giant, scientists said Thursday.

  • Earlier launch of NASA’s Psyche mission touted as cost-saving measure

    May 26, 2017

    A NASA spacecraft set to explore a metallic asteroid for the first time will launch in 2022, a year earlier than originally planned, and reach its destination in 2026, four years ahead of schedule, giving ground teams a shorter wait for the mission’s scientific payoff and shaving $100 million off the project’s total cost, officials said Wednesday.

  • Russia sends military satellite into orbit for missile warnings

    May 25, 2017

    Russia lofted a military satellite Thursday to join a network of orbiting early warning stations detecting and tracking missile launches around the world, providing the Russian government notice of potential attack.

  • Videos: Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket lifts off for first time

    May 25, 2017

    Rocket Lab’s Electron commercial satellite launcher lifted off from New Zealand on its debut test flight Thursday and soared into space on its maiden mission.

  • Maiden flight of Rocket Lab’s small satellite launcher reaches space

    May 25, 2017

    The debut launch of Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket from a privately-operated base in New Zealand made it to space Thursday, proving the performance of major parts of the booster before faltering short of the velocity it needed to enter orbit, the company said in a statement.

  • Observers spot top secret satellite launched by SpaceX earlier this month

    May 24, 2017

    A network of amateur skywatchers and satellite observers have located a classified spacecraft owned by the National Reconnaissance Office, a U.S. government intelligence agency, in low Earth orbit after its launch May 1 from Florida aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

  • Probe into crash of ESA lander recommends more checks on ExoMars descent craft

    May 24, 2017

    Investigators who studied the crash of the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander on Mars last year have recommended more stringent testing and computer modeling before the launch of a joint European-Russian landing craft in 2020 to avoid a repeat of the mistakes that doomed the probe’s descent through the Martian atmosphere.

  • Rocket Lab waits for improved weather for test flight of new commercial launcher

    May 24, 2017

    Worsening weather at Rocket Lab’s New Zealand launch facility forced officials to call off the liftoff of a new commercial satellite booster for the third straight day Tuesday.

  • Budget proposal puts NASA satellite servicing mission in doubt

    May 23, 2017

    NASA plans to shelve a robotic demonstration mission to refuel an aging Landsat Earth-imaging observatory and join forces with the private sector and a U.S. military research and development agency in a public-private partnership to commercialize satellite servicing technologies, according to language in the White House’s budget request released Tuesday.

  • Trump’s NASA budget request reduces Earth science, eliminates education office

    May 23, 2017

    The Trump administration’s fiscal 2018 budget request includes $19.1 billion for NASA, a $561 million decrease over previously enacted levels that would reduce the number of Earth science missions, eliminate the agency’s education office and do away with the Obama administration’s plans to robotically retrieve a piece of an asteroid as a precursor to eventual flights to Mars.

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