Space shuttle Discovery lit up Florida's Space Coast sky about 45 minutes before sunrise Monday, April 5, with a 6:21 a.m. EDT launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The launch began a 13-day flight to the International Space Station and the second of five shuttle missions planned for 2010.
As technology progresses, we are able to know more about the world we live in, and thanks to a new NASA program, we are able to know more about the universe we live in as well. The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE telescope has been gathering infrared images of our universe to help NASA scientists glean more information about the great unknown territory beyond our atmosphere.
The NASA spacecraft MESSENGER (which stands for Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging Spacecraft), has given scientists an almost complete view of the planet’s surface during its third and final flyby of Mercury.
NASA launched the space shuttle Atlantis on Monday, November 16th at 2:28 p.m. from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis will deliver a six-member crew to the International Space Station. The flight, which is Atlantis’s 31st mission, will take 11 days to reach the International Space Station.
Since April 23rd, NASA Mars exploration rover Spirit as been lodged in a site on Mars scientists call “Troy”. Beginning on November 16th, NASA will begin transmitting commands to Spirit as part of an escape plan to free the venerable robot from its Martian sand trap.
The Tuesday launch of the Ares I-X flight test has been delayed due to weather concerns at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The flight test will be rescheduled for a four hour launch window beginning at 8 am on Wednesday, October 28th.
Using updated information, NASA scientists have recalculated the path of a large asteroid. The refined path indicates a significantly reduced likelihood of a hazardous encounter with Earth in 2036.