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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA was established in 1958, succeeding the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.

NASA, SpaceX Launch DART: First Test Mission to Defend Planet Earth

“NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), the world’s first full-scale mission to test technology for defending Earth against potential asteroid or comet hazards, launched Wednesday at 1:21 a.m. EST on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from …

Parker Solar Probe Completes a Record-Setting Swing by the Sun

“Blazing along at space-record speeds that would get it from Earth to the Moon in under an hour, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe completed its 10th close approach to the Sun on Nov. 21, coming within 5.3 million miles …

An Almost Total Lunar Eclipse

“On November 19, 2021 (late evening of the 18th in some time zones), the Moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, creating a partial lunar eclipse so deep that it can reasonably be called almost total. What is an …

NASA’s Perseverance Captures Challenging Flight by Mars Helicopter

“Recently downlinked imagery of a September flight has allowed the rover imaging team to put together a video of rotorcraft performing to near-perfection. Video footage from NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s 13th flight on …

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 Astronauts Headed to International Space Station

“NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts are in orbit following their launch to the International Space Station on the third commercial crew rotation mission aboard the microgravity laboratory. The international crew of astronauts lifted off at 9:03 p.m. EST …

NASA’s Juno: Science Results Offer First 3D View of Jupiter Atmosphere

“New findings from NASA’s Juno probe orbiting Jupiter provide a fuller picture of how the planet’s distinctive and colorful atmospheric features offer clues about the unseen processes below its clouds. The results highlight the inner workings of the …

With First Martian Samples Packed, Perseverance Initiates Remarkable Sample Return Mission

“NASA, along with the European Space Agency, is developing a campaign to return the Martian samples to Earth. On Sept. 1, NASA’s Perseverance rover unfurled its arm, placed a drill bit at the Martian surface, and drilled about 2 …

Working Overtime: NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock Completes Mission

“Geared toward improving spacecraft navigation, the technology demonstration operated far longer than planned and broke the stability record for atomic clocks in space. For more than two years, NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock has been pushing the timekeeping frontiers …

2,800 RPM Spin a Success, but Flight 14 Delayed to Post Conjunction

“It’s been an eventful several Martian days, or sols, since our last blog post, so we wanted to provide everyone with an update on where things stand on Mars. In our last post, we explained that we were getting …

NASA’s Mars Fleet Lies Low With Sun Between Earth and Red Planet

“The missions will continue collecting data about the Red Planet, though engineers back on Earth will stop sending commands to them until mid-October. NASA will stand down from commanding its Mars missions for the next few weeks while Earth and …