| Latest News, Videos and Live Video

Monday December 22nd 2014

Space + NASA News Latest Real-Time Updates

Space + NASA latest news updated in real-time by RSS feeds, for live NASA TV see this page!

Space and Astronomy News Headlines – Yahoo! News

Get the latest Space and Astronomy news headlines from Yahoo! News. Find breaking Space and Astronomy news, including analysis and opinion on top Space and Astronomy stories, photos and more.

Active Sun Unleashes Massive Solar Flare

Active Sun Unleashes Massive Solar FlareThe huge solar flare registered as an X1.8-class event, one of the most powerful types of flares possible, and was captured on camera by NASA's powerful Solar Dynamics Observatory. The flare triggered a strong radio blackout for parts of Earth as it peaked Friday at 7:28 p.m. EST (0028 Dec. 20 GMT), according to an alert from the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center overseen by NOAA. The solar flare erupted from a sunspot region classified as Active Region 2242, and more sun storms could occur from the region. Friday's solar flare capped an active week of sun storms.

Posted on 20 December 2014 | 5:04 pm

SpaceX’s Next Launch to Space Station Delayed Until New Year

SpaceX's Next Launch to Space Station Delayed Until New YearThe private spaceflight company SpaceX won't be flying its next delivery mission to the International Space Station until early 2015. SpaceX was originally expected to launch its Falcon 9 rocket carrying an uncrewed Dragon cargo ship to the station for NASA today (Dec. 19), but the launch was delayed partly due to a problem with the rocket. SpaceX is now expected to launch its fifth official mission to the orbiting outpost under a contract with NASA on Jan. 6.

Posted on 20 December 2014 | 3:56 pm

Welcome Home, Orion! NASA Space Capsule Back in Florida After Test Flight

Welcome Home, Orion! NASA Space Capsule Back in Florida After Test FlightNASA's first Orion space capsule — which made its spaceflight debut at the beginning of this month — has returned to Florida after more than a week in transit. The capsule, designed to bring humans farther into space than ever before, flew to space for its first unmanned test flight on Dec. 5 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Orion then went on a cross-country road trip that ultimately brought it back to Kennedy Space Center today (Dec. 18). NASA officials want to examine the flown capsule to see exactly how it stood up to the extreme space environment during its launch, two orbits of Earth, re-entry and splashdown.

Posted on 20 December 2014 | 3:56 pm

NASA Satellite’s 1st CO2 Maps of Earth Revealed

NASA Satellite's 1st CO2 Maps of Earth RevealedThis past summer, NASA launched its first satellite devoted to measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas that is driving global warming. Today (Dec. 18), scientists with the space agency unveiled the first carbon maps obtained by the spacecraft, named the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, or OCO-2. OCO-2 only started collecting its first scientifically useful information at the end of September, but the initial results "are quite amazing," said Annmarie Eldering, OCO-2 deputy project scientist, based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. In a news conference at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, Eldering and her colleagues showed a map of the globe that uses about 600,000 data points taken by OCO-2 from Oct. 1 through Nov. 17.

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 8:33 pm

Private Moon-Drilling Mission Raises Over $1 Million via Crowdfunding

Private Moon-Drilling Mission Raises Over $1 Million via CrowdfundingAn ambitious private space exploration project that aims to land a moon-drilling probe on the lunar surface by 2024 now has the money it needs, thanks to a crowdfunding effort that raised more than $1 million for the mission. The novel Lunar Mission One project surpassed its fundraising goal of nearly 600,000 English pounds (about $945,000) this week on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. Lunar Missions Ltd., the United Kingdom-based company funding the project, hopes the mission will advance understanding of how the moon formed and provide useful insights for future moon missions. The Lunar Mission One project is designed to land a probe on the moon that is capable of drilling at least 65 feet (20 meters) below the lunar surface, and hopefully reach a target depth of 328 feet (100 m) inside the moon.

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 7:18 pm

Curiosity Rover’s Critics are Missing the Point (Op-Ed)

Curiosity Rover's Critics are Missing the Point (Op-Ed)Marc Kaufman has written about science and international affairs for more than three decades, primarily for The Washington Postand The Philadelphia Inquirer.Kaufman's latest book is "Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission" (National Geographic, 2014).Kaufman contributed this essay to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. To the worldwide legion of enthusiasts following the trek of the Curiosity rover across Mars, the announcement last week that Gale Crater had featured lakes and rivers for potentially tens of millions of years was another important moment in the evolving story of Mars as a once-habitable planet. It's a story line that Curiosity has aggressively developed and now owns, and it is arguably the biggest story in space exploration today. Yet when project scientist John Grotzinger described the team's newest findings, there was a defensiveness of sorts.

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 5:22 pm

Space Tourism Needs a Reality Check (Op-Ed)

Space Tourism Needs a Reality Check (Op-Ed)His latest book, just released, is "New Space Frontiers: Venturing into Earth Orbit and Beyond" (Zenith Press, 2014). In October 2004, Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne rocket plane won the $10 million X Prize by becoming the first privately funded human-carrying craft to reach the edge of space. Within days of this historic event, Richard Branson announced that his new company, Virgin Galactic, would arrange financing for a successor vehicle, SpaceShipTwo, to carry civilian passengers into suborbital space. One of its pilots, Michael Alsbury, was killed in a test flight on October 31.

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 5:21 pm

America’s First One-Year Space Voyage Has Astronaut Excited

America's First One-Year Space Voyage Has Astronaut ExcitedA NASA astronaut is getting ready to be the first American to spend a continuous year in space, and he is excited. NASA's Scott Kelly will perform experiments to help the space agency learn more about how space changes the human body after he launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for his yearlong stay aboard the International Space Station on March 27, 2015. "What makes this exciting for me, this one-year flight is about the science and everything we're going to learn from expanding the envelope on the space station greater than what we've currently done," Kelly told members of the press during news conference hosted at UNESCO headquarters in Paris today (Dec. 18). Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will join Kelly on the space station for the one-year mission.

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 12:52 pm

Daring Philae Comet Landing Named Top Breakthrough of 2014

Daring Philae Comet Landing Named Top Breakthrough of 2014The first-ever soft landing of a robotic probe the surface of a comet has just been named the top scientific breakthrough of 2014 by the journal Science. The European Space Agency's comet-studying Rosetta mission is telling scientists more about the origins of the solar system, according to representatives with Science. Rosetta has been orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko since August and released the Philae lander down to the icy cosmic body's surface in November. "Even though the landing was rougher than expected — Philae bounced off the unforgiving surface of 67P and came to rest on its side, quite a distance from its target — it was nonetheless the first-ever soft landing on a comet," Science representatives said in a statement.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 8:35 pm

NASA’s Orion spacecraft back in Florida after test flight

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 image made from video provided by NASA, the Orion capsule floats after splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, following a dramatic test flight that took it to a zenith height of 3,600 miles and ushered in a new era of human exploration aiming for Mars. (AP Photo/NASA)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's experimental Orion spacecraft left Florida by rocket and returned by truck.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 8:18 pm

Space – Google News

Eagle center in Wabasha is outgrowing its space – Minneapolis Star Tribune


Minneapolis Star Tribune

Eagle center in Wabasha is outgrowing its space
Minneapolis Star Tribune
In 2007, the National Eagle Center opened with 15,000 square feet of space for exhibits, classrooms, and captive bald and golden eagles — all with the goal of educating the public about eagles. Today, you don't have to stand outside to watch eagles.

Posted on 22 December 2014 | 1:03 am

Week in Geek: Holiday lights change the view from space – MSNBC


MSNBC

Week in Geek: Holiday lights change the view from space
MSNBC
NASA's Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite has been orbiting Earth since October, 2011 collecting remote-sensing and atmospheric data for global climate studies and sending back fascinating images. The satellite is tracking

Posted on 21 December 2014 | 9:20 pm

ISS 3D printed ratchet after NASA emailed the wrench to space – Network World


Network World

ISS 3D printed ratchet after NASA emailed the wrench to space
Network World
Mike Chen, founder of Made in Space, was listening to ISS chatter over the radio when he overheard ISS Commander Barry Wilmore say he needed a wrench. So Chen said, “We designed one in CAD and sent it up to him faster than a rocket ever could have.

Posted on 21 December 2014 | 4:37 pm

From Space, Lights Dims In Syria As People Flee War – NPR


From Space, Lights Dims In Syria As People Flee War
NPR
From Space, Lights Dims In Syria As People Flee War. December 21, 2014 8:15 AM ET. Listen to the Story. Weekend Edition Sunday. 1 min 6 sec. Playlist; Download. A new study uses satellite images to assess the humanitarian impact of Syria's civil war.

Posted on 21 December 2014 | 2:30 pm

NASA ‘Beams’ Up a Wrench to the Space Station – Tech Times


NASA 'Beams' Up a Wrench to the Space Station
Tech Times
"Because it's a lot faster to send digital data (which can travel at the speed of light) to space than it is to send physical objects (which involves waiting months to years for a rocket), it makes more sense to 3D-print things in space, when we can

Posted on 21 December 2014 | 10:40 am

Top great space moments in 2014 (pictures) – CNET


Top great space moments in 2014 (pictures)
CNET
The first successful soft landing on a comet wasn't just the biggest space story of the year. It was probably also the biggest science story of 2014. The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft traveled 10 years to drop the Philae lander onto a comet.

and more »

Posted on 21 December 2014 | 8:23 am

NASA’s First Orion Crew Module Arrives Safely Back at Kennedy Space Center – Universe Today


Universe Today

NASA's First Orion Crew Module Arrives Safely Back at Kennedy Space Center
Universe Today
Orion's test flight began with a flawless launch on Dec. 5 as it roared to orbit atop the fiery fury of a 242 foot tall United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket – the world's most powerful booster – at 7:05 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 37
Welcome Home, Orion! NASA Space Capsule Back in Florida After Test FlightSpace.com
Are these the five craziest space missions?BBC News
Orion capsule returns home to Kennedy Space CenterFlorida Today
Discovery News -El Paso Times -Space Fellowship
all 113 news articles »

Posted on 21 December 2014 | 6:58 am

NASA just ‘emailed’ a wrench to space for the first time – Washington Post


CNN

NASA just 'emailed' a wrench to space for the first time
Washington Post
In September, Made In Space, Inc shipped a 3-D printer to the astronauts at ISS. In November it printed its first object — a replacement part for itself. But this is the first time it has printed a specially-designed tool on-demand, which is exactly
Twist and shout: NASA prints 3-D wrench in space First 3-D printer in spaceCNN
Star Trekking: We Humans Can Beam Tools Into Space Without A TransporterUniverse Today
Twist and shout: NASA prints 3-D wrench in spacewtkr.com
BBC News
all 192 news articles »

Posted on 21 December 2014 | 4:02 am

America’s First One-Year Space Voyage Has Astronaut Excited – Space.com


RT

America's First One-Year Space Voyage Has Astronaut Excited
Space.com
A NASA astronaut is getting ready to be the first American to spend a continuous year in space, and he is excited. NASA's Scott Kelly will perform experiments to help the space agency learn more about how space changes the human body after he launches …
'No borders in space': Russian cosmonaut, US astronaut get ready for longest RT
Astronaut's goal for 1 year in space: 'Don't break anything, leave as friends'San Jose Mercury News
Space station team eager to begin record yearlong flightCBS News

all 127 news articles »

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 7:02 pm

“Emailing” Hardware To Space – Backchannel


Backchannel

“Emailing” Hardware To Space
Backchannel
My colleagues and I just 3D-printed a ratcheting socket wrench on the International Space Station by typing some commands on our computer in California. We had overheard ISS Commander Barry Wilmore (who goes by “Butch”) mention over the radio that …
'New Space Frontiers' (US 2014): Book ExcerptSpace.com
Orion capsule back at Kennedy Space CenterWTSP 10 News
NASA's Orion is back at Kennedy Space CenterThe Denver Post
ABC News -Florida Today -Alamogordo Daily News
all 169 news articles »

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 2:54 pm

NASA Breaking News

A RSS news feed containing the latest NASA news articles and press releases.

Video Gives Astronaut’s-Eye View Inside NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

New video recorded during the return of NASA’s Orion through Earth’s atmosphere this month provides a taste of the intense conditions the spacecraft and the astronauts it carries will endure when they return from deep space destinations on the journey to Mars.

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 4:00 pm

SpaceX Completes First Milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation System

NASA has approved the completion of SpaceX’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station (ISS) from U.S. soil under a Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract with the agency.

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA, SpaceX Update Launch of Fifth SpaceX Resupply Mission to Space Station

NASA and SpaceX announced today the launch of SpaceX’s fifth commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station now will occur no earlier than Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA’s Orion Arrives Back at Kennedy, Media Invited to View Spacecraft

After traveling more than 3,600 miles above Earth and 600 miles over sea, NASA’s Orion spacecraft completed the final leg of its journey by land Thursday, arriving home at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Media representatives are invited to attend an event at 10:30 a.m. EDT Friday, Dec. 19, marking the arrival.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA, Planetary Scientists Find Meteoritic Evidence of Mars Water Reservoir

NASA and an international team of planetary scientists have found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or ice near its surface.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA’s Kepler Reborn, Makes First Exoplanet Find of New Mission

NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using its new mission — K2.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA to Discuss Today Asteroid Redirect Mission Capture Concept, Next Step in Journey to Mars

NASA will host a media teleconference at 4 p.m. EST today during which agency officials will discuss and answer questions on the selection of an Asteroid Redirect Mission concept.

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Analysis: 11 Trillion Gallons to Replenish California Drought Losses

It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) — around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir — to recover from California’s continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.

Posted on 16 December 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Rover Finds Active, Ancient Organic Chemistry on Mars

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory’s drill.

Posted on 16 December 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

NASA has selected SpaceX to provide launch services for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. TESS will launch aboard a Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle, with liftoff targeted for August 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Posted on 16 December 2014 | 4:00 pm