Night Sky

Astronomical phenomenon and items of interest to night sky watchers.

NASA Selects Instruments to Track Climate Impact on Vegetation

July 30, 2014

NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.

NASA to Announce Mars 2020 Rover Instruments

July 30, 2014

NASA will announce on Thursday, July 31, the instruments that will be carried aboard the agency’s Mars 2020 mission, a roving laboratory based on the highly successful Curiosity rover. The announcement will air live at noon EDT on NASA Television and on the agency’s website.

NASA Holds Space Tech Mission Directorate Update Media Call Aug. 5

July 30, 2014

NASA will host a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Aug. 5, to discuss the activities of the agency's Space Technology Mission Directorate and how technology drives exploration.

NASA, Small Business Administrators and U.S. Sen. Cardin to Announce Results of 2013 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard

July 30, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will join Small Business Administrator (SBA) Maria Contreras-Sweet and U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Friday, Aug. 1 at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, to announce the results of the 2013 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard.

Astronaut Mike Massimino Departs NASA for University Position

July 29, 2014

After almost two decades with NASA, including two space shuttle missions, astronaut Mike Massimino left the space agency Monday for a full-time position with Columbia University in New York.

Cassini Spacecraft Reveals 101 Geysers and more on Icy Saturn Moon

July 28, 2014

Scientists using mission data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have identified 101 distinct geysers erupting on Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus. Their analysis suggests it is possible for liquid water to reach from the moon’s underground sea all the way to its surface.

Reporters Invited to NASA Hurricane Airborne Mission Media Day at Wallops

July 28, 2014

Media are invited to learn about NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) airborne mission from scientists and pilots and see the remotely-piloted aircraft used in the study from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Sept. 11, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

NASA Selects Environmental Test and Integration Services II Contract

July 28, 2014

NASA has awarded the Environmental Test and Integration Services II (ETIS II) contract to Sierra Lobo, Inc of Fremont, Ohio. The contract will support the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

NASA’s Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

July 28, 2014

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover.

NASA Selects Contract for Mission Support Services at Ames

July 24, 2014

NASA has selected Wyle Laboratories, Inc., Houston, to support NASA's flight programs and mission projects, providing support for multiple sustained project management, research and technology development capabilities that encompass all phases of mission and project lifecycles at the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.

Hubble Finds Three Surprisingly Dry Exoplanets

July 24, 2014

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun -- and have come up nearly dry.

Satellite Study Reveals Parched U.S. West Using Up Underground Water

July 24, 2014

A new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine, scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought.

NASA Seeks Proposals for Commercial Mars Data Relay Satellites

July 23, 2014

NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet.

NASA TV Coverage Set For European Cargo Ship Launch to Space Station

July 23, 2014

NASA Television will broadcast live the launch and docking of the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station.

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory Celebrates 15th Anniversary

July 22, 2014

Fifteen years ago, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. Since its deployment on July 23, 1999, Chandra has helped revolutionize our understanding of the universe through its unrivaled X-ray vision.

NASA Partners Punctuate Summer with Spacecraft Development Advances

July 22, 2014

Spacecraft and rocket development is on pace this summer for NASA's aerospace industry partners for the agency's Commercial Crew Program as they progress through systems testing, review boards and quarterly sessions under their Space Act Agreements with the agency.

NASA Updates Apollo Anniversary, Next Giant Leap Events

July 18, 2014

NASA has updated events that are marking the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing and the steps being taken for America's next giant leap to send astronauts to Mars.

NASA Kicks Off Field Campaign to Probe Ocean Ecology, Carbon Cycle

July 17, 2014

NASA embarks this week on a coordinated ship and aircraft observation campaign off the Atlantic coast of the United States, an effort to advance space-based capabilities for monitoring microscopic plants that form the base of the marine food chain.

NASA Begins Engine Test Project for Space Launch System Rocket

July 17, 2014

Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar system. They installed on Thursday an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the agency's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

NASA Awards Construction Contract at Kennedy Space Center

July 17, 2014

NASA has awarded a two-year contract to Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of Orlando to build a new multi-story headquarters building at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Space Station Cargo Ship Activities to Air on NASA TV

July 16, 2014

NASA Television will broadcast live the departure of an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, July 21, and the launch and docking of its replacement Wednesday, July 23.

International Undersea Crew Available for Live Satellite Interviews

July 16, 2014

How does living and working underwater for nine days help us explore space? Four astronauts who will be living 62 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean will be available to answer that question and more during satellite interviews from inside an underwater habitat from 8 to 8:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday, July 23.

NASA Seeks Proposals for Europa Mission Science Instruments

July 15, 2014

NASA has issued an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for proposals about science instruments that could be carried aboard a future mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa.

NASA Turns Over Next-Generation Air Traffic Management Tool to Federal Aviation Administration

July 15, 2014

A new NASA-developed computer software tool designed to aid air traffic controllers was presented to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during a ceremony Monday at the agency's headquarters in Washington.

NASA Announces Early Career Faculty Space Tech Research Grants

July 15, 2014

NASA has selected seven university-led proposals for the study of innovative, early stage technologies that address high priority needs for America's space program.

NASA Honors Historic First Moon Landing, Eyes First Mars Mission

July 14, 2014

NASA marks the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing this month while it takes the steps needed for America's next giant leap to send astronauts to Mars.

NASA to Hold Briefing on Ocean Ecology, Carbon Cycle Field Campaign

July 14, 2014

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 17, to discuss new fieldwork using coordinated ship and aircraft observations aimed at advancing the technology needed to measure microscopic plankton in the ocean from space.

NASA Awards Mission Operations Support Contract

July 14, 2014

NASA has awarded a nine-year contract to Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT), Inc., Greenbelt, Maryland, to provide mission and flight crew operations support for the International Space Station and future human space exploration.

NASA Cargo Launches to Space Station aboard Orbital Sciences Resupply Mission

July 13, 2014

A multitude of NASA research investigations, crew provisions, hardware and science experiments from across the country is headed to the International Space Station aboard Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus spacecraft. The cargo craft launched aboard Orbital's Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 12:52 p.m. EDT Sunday.

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NASA TV Coverage Reset for Sunday Orbital-2 Mission to Space Station

July 11, 2014

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the upcoming Orbital Sciences' mission to resupply the International Space Station. Orbital's Cygnus cargo spacecraft is schedule to launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Launch Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Sunday, July 13 at 12:52 p.m. EDT.

NASA Extends Mechanical Systems Engineering Services Contract

July 11, 2014

NASA has awarded the Mechanical Systems Engineering Services II/A (MSES II/A) Bridge contract extension for engineering services to Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT), Inc., Greenbelt, Maryland.

NASA Spacecraft Observes Further Evidence of Dry Ice Gullies on Mars

July 10, 2014

Repeated high-resolution observations made by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) indicate the gullies on Mars’ surface are primarily formed by the seasonal freezing of carbon dioxide, not liquid water.

Hubble Spots Spiral Bridge of Young Stars Linking Two Ancient Galaxies

July 10, 2014

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has photographed an unusual structure 100,000 light years long, which resembles a corkscrew-shaped string of pearls and winds around the cores of two colliding galaxies.

Leading Space Experts to Discuss the Search for Life Beyond Earth

July 10, 2014

NASA Television will air a panel discussion of leading science and engineering experts on Monday, July 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EDT, who will describe the scientific and technological roadmap that will lead to the discovery of potentially habitable worlds among the stars.

NASA Announces Winners of Challenge to Design Hurricane-Tracking Uncrewed Aerial Systems

July 9, 2014

NASA has selected three winning designs solicited to address the technological limitations of the uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) currently used to track and collect data on hurricanes.

Next Space Station Crew to Participate in NASA TV Briefing, Media Interviews

July 9, 2014

The next crew to launch to the International Space Station (ISS), including NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore, will participate in a NASA Television news conference and media interviews Wednesday, July 16, at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

NASA TV Coverage Set for Saturday Orbital-2 Mission to Space Station

July 9, 2014

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the upcoming Orbital Sciences' mission to resupply the International Space Station. Orbital's Cygnus cargo spacecraft is schedule to launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Launch Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Saturday, July 12 at 1:14 p.m. EDT.

Testing Completed on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Backplane

July 8, 2014

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has reached another development milestone with the completion of static load testing of its primary mirror backplane support structure (PMBSS) moving the telescope one step closer to its 2018 launch.

NASA's Undergraduate Student Instrument Program Launches

July 7, 2014

College and university students from across the country are taking science to greater heights thanks to a new NASA program.

NASA Invites Media to Facility Renaming Ceremony in Honor of Neil Armstrong

July 7, 2014

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is renaming one of its iconic facilities in honor of legendary astronaut and the first person to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong.

NASA Television Coverage Set for Orbital-2 Mission to Space Station

July 3, 2014

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the upcoming Orbital Sciences Corp.'s mission to resupply the International Space Station. Orbital's Cygnus cargo spacecraft is scheduled to launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Launch Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Friday, July 11 at 1:40 p.m. EDT.

Major Air Pollution Studies to Converge Over Denver

July 3, 2014

Two NASA aircraft are participating in field campaigns beginning this month in Colorado that will probe the factors leading to unhealthy air quality conditions and improve the ability to diagnose air quality conditions from space.

Ocean on Saturn Moon Could be as Salty as the Dead Sea

July 2, 2014

Scientists analyzing data from NASA’s Cassini mission have firm evidence the ocean inside Saturn's largest moon, Titan, might be as salty as the Earth's Dead Sea.

NASA Launches New Carbon-Sensing Mission to Monitor Earth’s Breathing

July 2, 2014

NASA successfully launched its first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide at 2:56 a.m. PDT (5:56 a.m. EDT) Wednesday.

Launch of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Rescheduled for July 2

July 1, 2014

The launch of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket is scheduled for Wednesday, July 2 at 5:56 a.m. EDT (2:56 a.m. PDT) from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

NASA’s Commercial Crew Partners Focus on Testing, Analysis to Advance Designs

June 30, 2014

NASA’s aerospace industry partners are taking their designs and operational plans for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) through a series of comprehensive tests, evaluations and review boards this summer as they move through important milestones – all with an eye on launching people into orbit from American soil by 2017.

NASA Exercises Option on Engineering Support Contract

June 30, 2014

NASA has exercised the third option of its Technology, Engineering, and Aerospace Mission Support (TEAMS) 2 contract with Analytical Mechanics Associates Inc. (AMA) of Hampton, Virginia.

NASA Announces Education Research Program Award Recipients

June 26, 2014

NASA is awarding $11.25 million to 15 colleges and universities across the United States to conduct basic research and technology development in areas including climate change, nanotechnology, astrophysics, aviation and other areas relevant to the agency's missions.

NASA Administrator and Media to See DSS Solar Array Progress in Goleta, Calif.

June 25, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will get a firsthand look at work being done on high power Roll Out Solar Arrays (ROSA) during a visit to Deployable Space Systems' (DSS) facility in Goleta, California on Tuesday, July 1.

NASA Administrator to Tour Aerojet Rocketdyne in California

June 25, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Scott Seymour, Chief Executive Officer of GenCorp, will provide an update about the work being done at the Aerojet Rocketdyne facility in Rancho Cordova, California, to support NASA’s vision for the future during a media availability at 11 a.m. PDT Monday, June 30.

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