NASA

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.

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Gravitational Wave Search Finds Tantalizing New Clue

“An international team of scientists may be close to detecting faint ripples in space-time that fill the universe. Pairs of black holes billions of times more massive than the Sun may be circling one another, generating ripples in space itself …

NASA InSight’s ‘Mole’ Ends Its Journey on Mars

“The heat probe hasn’t been able to gain the friction it needs to dig, but the mission has been granted an extension to carry on with its other science. The heat probe developed and built by the German Aerospace …

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Reaches Its 3,000th Day on Mars

“As the rover has continued to ascend Mount Sharp, it’s found distinctive benchlike rock formations. It’s been 3,000 Martian days, or sols, since Curiosity touched down on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012, and the rover keeps making …

NASA’s Juno Mission Expands Into the Future

“The spacecraft, which has been gathering data on the gas giant since July 2016, will become an explorer of the full Jovian system – Jupiter and its rings and moons. NASA has authorized a mission extension for its Juno spacecraft exploring …

Space Station, Cygnus Test Technology for 5G Communications, Other Benefits

“A Northrop Grumman Cygnus supply craft carried a load of new scientific experiments to the International Space Station in early October. That is only one of the jobs the craft has, though. Once it undocks from the station Cygnus will …

Researchers Have Achieved Sustained Long-Distance Quantum Teleportation

“The breakthrough, made by researchers at Caltech, Fermilab and NASA, among others, is a step towards a practical quantum internet. In a major breakthrough for the quest toward quantum internet, a technology that would revolutionize computing in myriad ways, a …

NASA Selects Heliophysics Missions of Opportunity for Space Science Research and Technology Demonstration

“NASA has selected two SmallSat missions – a study of Earth’s outer most atmosphere and a solar sail spaceflight test mission – to share a ride to space in 2025 with the agency’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP). The …

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 Astronauts Arrive at Space Station, NASA Leaders and Crew to Discuss Mission

“The SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience successfully docked to the International Space Station at 11:01 p.m. EST Monday, transporting NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi. When the hatches …

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Is 100 Days Out

“A mere 100 days and 166 million miles (268 million kilometers) separate NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission and the Red Planet’s Jezero Crater. Landing will occur on Feb. 18, 2021, at 12:43 p.m. PST (3 …

NASA Contacts Voyager 2 Using Upgraded Deep Space Network Dish

“The only radio antenna that can command the 43-year-old spacecraft has been offline since March as it gets new hardware, but work is on track to wrap up in February. On Oct. 29, mission operators sent a series of commands …