The Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft explodes after launch at Wallops Island, VA at 6:22 p.m. ET. It was set to carry some 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station.
Reuters reports Boeing Co’s proposal to develop a so-called space taxi for NASA astronauts includes a seat for paying tourists to fly to the International Space Station, the company’s program manager said on Wednesday, a first for a U.S. space program.
The $4.2 billion, five-year contract allows Boeing to sell rides to tourists, Boeing Commercial Crew Program Manager John Mulholland told Reuters, adding that the price would be competitive with what the Russian space agency now charges to fly tourists to the orbital outpost.
NASA astronaut, Reid Wiseman of Baltimore, Md, prepares for a May 28th launch to the International Space Station. He and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency and Maxim Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency will travel aboard a Soyuz spacecraft to the orbiting space station.
The Geminid meteor shower is one of the most prolific of the big, annual meteor showers, and also one of the strangest. When viewing conditions are ideal, it is possible to see between 100 and 140 meteors per hour. However, this year the Geminid peak coincided with a nearly-full moon. Because the light of the moon will drowned out some of the dimmer meteors, sky watchers saw between 40 to 60 meteors Friday night. More
A rocket streaked through the sky Tuesday night in Maryland and for hundreds of miles across the eastern U.S. as NASA launched a mission from the Delmarva peninsula.
Did you catch NASA’s frog photobomb?
NASA released this photo Thursday that captured a frog flying through the air during the launch of the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft. It was taken by a still camera on a sound trigger, says NASA, who reported that “the condition of the frog, however, is uncertain.”
The craft, which took off from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, is currently on its way to orbit the moon where it will collect data about lunar conditions. Click for more on the mission.
The second installment of Hidden Maryland heads to NASA Goddard, which is assembling parts of the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to Hubble. Only contractors and NASA employees can enter the clean room, where the work is taking place, but not before entering an air shower and covering themselves from head to toe in special, sterile attire.
In the 23 years since the Hubble Space Telescope was launched, the satellite observatory has transmitted countless photographs to NASA astronomers. In recent months, the telescope has captured galaxies colliding, comets soaring through space and bright nebulas expanding.