NASA’s Dawn mission to the main asteroid belt, granted a second extended mission earlier this year, will end later next year after a final set of close-up observations of the dwarf planet Ceres.
The director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said his center is pressing ahead with work on current and proposed missions to Mars and Europa despite ongoing debates on Capitol Hill about funding some of those missions.
Best known for his role on Star Trek, William Shatner wants to feature the next generation of NASA scientists.
Between the flying spaceships, game of Pac-Man, dry ice, and blinking lights, NASA's pumpkin carvings are a bit more elaborate than what you typically see around Halloween.
Despite what a key member of Congress called a “very disappointing” budget request, NASA is taking steps to develop a lander that could accompany an orbiter mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced plans Nov. 19 to work with two companies to develop a constellation of satellite sensors to provide early detection of wildfires.
One of the two main science instruments on NASA’s $915 million Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft remains out of action more than a month after abruptly switching off, but engineers believe they are getting closer to diagnosing the problem.
The Hispasat telecommunications satellite has suffered an anomaly in its power system but is stable in orbit.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory — which is run by California Insitute of Technology employees, not federal civil servants — has temporarily dodged the government-shutdown bullet, ensuring that several major robotic space missions — at least for the immediate future — continue regular operations as other NASA centers shut their doors to all but a small number of “essential” personnel.
Murray ran JPL from 1976 to 1982.
Budget pressures have forced NASA and its traditional go-to-center, JPL, to shelve more-ambitious efforts to cache martian samples for eventual return to Earth and to orbit Europa, the jovian moon that has intrigued scientists and dreamers for decades.
NASA’s successful Aug. 6 landing of the world’s most ambitious Mars mission to date was a dazzling technical accomplishment that provided a badly needed morale boost to a planetary science community that has gotten mostly bad news in the past two years.
The Nov. 26 launch of NASA’s most ambitious Mars mission to date was yet another milestone for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which over the decades has distinguished itself for carrying out planetary missions beyond the capabilities of any other institution anywhere.