Posted by Karen Hames on 2014/12/17 08:03 CST
Three weeks ago, we launched a social media campaign hoping to engage the public in space exploration. What we achieved was more than we expected—our Infinite Visions campaign reached more than 2.5 million people in 47 countries.
NASA's efforts to capture a near-Earth asteroid and tow it back to lunar orbit will have to wait a little bit longer for a final mission concept.
Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/12/17 12:20 CST
This Friday, SpaceX will attempt what no agency or company has done before: land a used rocket stage on a floating ocean platform.
With the announcement of Curiosity's detection of methane on Mars, Nicholas Heavens gives us a guide to the history of methane detection on Mars, a discussion of its scientific significance, and a few things to consider when hearing about and asking about the detection.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2014/12/15 11:53 CST
In San Francisco, in an annual tradition, more than 20,000 geologists are descending on the Moscone Center. I'll be attending #AGU14 this week, but you can also watch press briefings and many of the sessions online.
[Updated] NASA's 2015 Budget Increase is Confirmed
Senate passes the CRomnibus spending bill with $18.01 billion NASA budget
Senate passes the CRomnibus spending bill with an $18.01 billion NASA budget, which includes an increase to planetary science and Europa. The legislation now moves on to the President for his signature.
Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/12/12 10:19 CST
The Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft successfully completed testing to prepare it for a possible 2015 test flight.
NASA's Budget Increase Is A Step Closer to Reality
The House of Representatives passes the 2015 "CRomnibus" spending bill
By a narrow vote, the House of Representatives passed the 2015 'CRomnibus' spending bill, which includes an increase to NASA and its Planetary Science Division. It now moves on to the Senate.
Mat Kaplan reviews a comprehensive new collection of historic and modern space art from author and superb space artist Ron Miller.
[Updated] The CRomnibus Comes Through for NASA and Planetary Science
Final 2015 budget bill would increase funding
The U.S. budget cycle for fiscal year 2015 is coming to an end. Should Congress pass the so-called CRomnibus bill as-is, NASA would see its highest funding level since 2011 and a great increase to its Planetary Science Division.
China is moving forward with plans to launch an orbiter and rover to Mars in the 2020 launch opportunity. The Mars program also includes plans for sample return in 2030.
NASA's Orion spacecraft is back on dry land following its offloading from the USS Anchorage late Monday night. Here are some selected photographs by Kevin Baird.
Jason Callahan takes a detailed look at the effects of Curiosity's cost overruns on NASA's budget.