Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/02/17 12:09 CST
The SLS core stage pathfinder is a 65-meter-long, full-size mockup of the actual rocket's main section. Just like SLS, building, assembling and utilizing the pathfinder involves multiple contractors and NASA centers around the southern U.S.
Data Dump: NASA's Planetary Science Program By the Numbers
We comb through NASA budget documents so you don't have to
We provide you the gritty budget breakdown by program and mission for NASA's Planetary Science Division.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/02/16 01:30 CST
Recently, space image processing enthusiast Thomas Appéré noticed that Curiosity had taken five photos of exactly the same spot on the rim of Gale crater, identical but for being taken at different times of day. That spot was due north of the rover, so the rising and lowering Sun illuminates the rounded hummocks of the crater rim differently from early morning to early afternoon.
When the Mars 2020 rover lands, we may finally hear the first audio recordings from the Martian surface.
Posted by Erin Greeson on 2016/02/12 08:00 CST
OK Go just dropped their most spectacular - and daring - music video yet, “Upside Down & Inside Out.” Filmed in microgravity over many parabolic flights in Russia, “Upside Down & Inside Out” sets a new precedent for what’s possible as artists consider our future in space.
Posted by Larry Crumpler on 2016/02/11 07:19 CST
Opportunity is continuing to explore the outcrops Marathon Valley, on the west rim of Endeavour crater.
Curiosity has spent the last month sampling and processing dark sand scooped from the side of Namib Dune. The rover has now departed Namib and is preparing to cross the Bagnold dune field, while working to diagnose an anomaly with the CHIMRA sample handling mechanism.
First Details of the 2017 NASA Budget Request
Few surprises within the Administration’s final vision of NASA
There are few surprises in the Obama Administration's final budget proposal for NASA, though some progress is made in critical areas like science funding and NASA's overall funding.
What Does a 'Good' Budget for Planetary Science Look Like?
How to evaluate the coming 2017 budget request and projections
NASA's 2017 budget request comes out on Tuesday, here's how you can evaluate if the budget for the Planetary Science Division is good or not. It's not just about 2017, but the next five years.
There have been tons and tons of HiRISE images of the Curiosity landing region, and it has taken quite a lot of work for me to find, locate, and catalogue them. This post is a summary of what I've found; after five revisions and updates, it's now version 3.0 of the list.
Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/02/05 10:33 CST
The shell of NASA's next Orion spacecraft has been welded together and shipped to Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Here's a photo recap of the assembly and transport process.
On January 24th, the veteran Mars Exploration Rover (MER) wrapped the last day of her 12th year of surface operations on Mars, marking an extraordinary, historic achievement for the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) mission.
Three Things to Look for in NASA’s Coming Budget Request
Let the 2017 budget season begin
Posted by Casey Dreier on 2016/02/04 02:27 CST
The 2017 budget season is almost here. Next week, the White House will release its budget request for NASA. Here are three things I will immediately look for upon its release.
January 24 was the 30th anniversary of the Voyager flyby of Uranus. Uranian moons have been on my mind ever since New Horizons sent us close-up images of Charon. On the occasion of the anniversary, Ted Stryk produced latest-and-greatest versions of the Voyager views of these worlds.
The Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft successfully deployed its solar sails Thursday, wrapping up an initial round of system-level tests to prepare the CubeSat for flight.
Posted by Larry Crumpler on 2016/01/29 01:53 CST
On January 23rd, Opportunity celebrated its 12th anniversary of landing on Mars.