Night Sky

Astronomical phenomenon and items of interest to night sky watchers.

NASA Sets Coverage Schedule for CubeSat Launch Events

October 1, 2015

Thirteen NASA and National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)-sponsored CubeSats are scheduled to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket Thursday, Oct. 8, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Prelaunch media briefings and launch commentary coverage will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

Virginia Students to Speak Live with Space Station Crew

October 1, 2015

A group of students from Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia, will get the chance to speak with an astronaut who once studied in their classrooms and now is working and living on the International Space Station.

NASA Awards Contract for Engineering Software, Hardware

September 30, 2015

NASA has awarded a contract to National Instruments Corporation of Austin, Texas, to provide system design software and measurement and control systems hardware while consolidating the procurement of agency end-user software licenses.

NASA Awards Contract for Software Engineering Support at Goddard

September 30, 2015

NASA has awarded a contract to Arctic Slope Technical Services, Inc. (ASTS) of Beltsville, Maryland for information technology support for programs and projects at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

NASA Selects Investigations for Future Key Planetary Mission

September 30, 2015

NASA has selected five science investigations for refinement during the next year as a first step in choosing one or two missions for flight opportunities as early as 2020. The submitted proposals would study Venus, near-Earth objects and a variety of asteroids.

NASA Selects Contractor for Environmental, Medical Contract

September 29, 2015

NASA has selected Integrated Mission Support Services, LLC of Merritt Island, Florida to fulfill the Kennedy Environmental and Medical Contract (KEMCON) at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA TV to Air Space Station Cargo Ship Launch, Docking

September 28, 2015

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the next launch and docking of an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft, Progress 61, to resupply the International Space Station Thursday, Oct. 1. NASA TV coverage will begin at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

NASA Announces Appointment of New Agency Chief Information Officer

September 28, 2015

Renee Wynn took the helm Monday in leading the agency's information technology efforts and capabilities as NASA’s new chief information officer (CIO).

NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today’s Mars

September 28, 2015

New findings from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars.

NASA Selects Science Education Partners for STEM Agreements

September 25, 2015

NASA has selected 27 organizations from across the United States to begin negotiations for cooperative agreement awards totaling $42 million to implement a new strategic approach to more effectively engage learners of all ages on NASA science education programs and activities.

NASA to Announce Mars Mystery Solved

September 24, 2015

NASA will detail a major science finding from the agency’s ongoing exploration of Mars during a news briefing at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 28 at the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

NASA Developed Technology Aims to Save Commercial Airlines Fuel, Time

September 22, 2015

Two passenger airlines soon will test NASA-developed software designed to help air carriers save time and reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

NASA TV to Broadcast Cargo Ship Departure from Space Station

September 22, 2015

Five weeks after delivering approximately five tons of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station, an unpiloted Japanese cargo ship is scheduled to depart the station Monday, Sept. 28. NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure beginning at 11 a.m. EDT.

NASA’s 'Space to Ground' to be Released in Spanish During National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 21, 2015

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, NASA is releasing four Spanish- language episodes of its weekly web series “Space to Ground.”

NASA Seeks Big Ideas from Students for Inflatable Heat Shield Technology

September 18, 2015

NASA is giving university and college students an opportunity to be part of the agency’s journey to Mars with the Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge.

News Conference Features Next Space Station Crew, Interview Opportunities

September 17, 2015

NASA will host a news conference for the next crew launching to the International Space Station, including NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. NASA Television will broadcast the news conference live at 2 p.m. EDT, preceded by video of crew training at 1:30 p.m.

NASA Completes Key Milestone for Orion Spacecraft in Support of Journey to Mars

September 16, 2015

NASA’s mission to send astronauts to deep space destinations where no other human has traveled has taken another important step forward with the completion of a critical milestone for the Orion spacecraft currently in production.

NASA to Hold Teleconference to Discuss Orion Spacecraft Progress

September 15, 2015

NASA officials will hold a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 16 to discuss the agency’s progress on the Orion spacecraft, which will carry humans on missions into deep space.

NASA Awards JSC Administrative Support Services II Contract

September 15, 2015

NASA has awarded AWD Management Services, Inc., of Lawrenceville, Georgia, a five-year contract to provide administrative and secretarial support services at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston.

Cassini Finds Global Ocean in Saturn's Moon Enceladus

September 15, 2015

A global ocean lies beneath the icy crust of Saturn's geologically active moon Enceladus, according to new research using data from NASA's Cassini mission.

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