Expect a quiet period, followed by new images and exciting insights once the spacecraft goes almost directly behind the sun.
The NASA spacecraft that yielded the first close-up views of Pluto opened the new year at an even more distant world, a billion miles beyond.
The Osiris-Rex spacecraft entered orbit Monday around the asteroid Bennu, 70 million miles (110 million kilometers) from Earth. It’s the smallest celestial body ever to be orbited by a spacecraft. Bennu is just 1,600 feet (500 meters) across.
Roman was the first chief of astronomy in the office of space science at NASA headquarters and was the first woman to hold an executive position at the agency.
The spacecraft team that brought us close-ups of Pluto will ring in the new year by exploring an even more distant and mysterious world.
Although it looks like a beautiful mound of snow on the Red Planet, Mars’ Korolev crater would be more suited for ice skating than building a snowman.
A NASA official who oversaw a nearly $200 million contract at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia has pleaded guilty to receiving kickbacks and stealing government funds.
The NASA InSight spacecraft is attempting a Mars landing Monday afternoon. The spacecraft is designed to get a deeper look at Mars, and all eyes at NASA will be trained on the landing efforts. Watch live.
InSight’s journey of six months and 300 million miles (482 million kilometers) comes to a precarious grand finale Monday afternoon. It is NASA’s first attempt to land on Mars in six years, and all those involved are understandably anxious.
NASA officials issued a press release this week saying they would be undertaking a “cultural assessment study” of commercial partners SpaceX and Boeing.
NASA says it is the quickest back-to-back shipments for the space station, which marks its 20th anniversary Tuesday. The supply ships will remain there for a few months, before being filled with trash and cut loose.
NASA awarded Lockheed a contract this year to design, build and flight test the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft. Lockheed expects to conduct its first flight in 2021.
Northrop Grumman launched its Antares rocket from Wallops Island before dawn, delighting chilly early-bird observers along the Atlantic coast. The Russian Space Agency launched its own supplies to the International Space Station on Friday, just 15 hours earlier
An unmanned cargo rocket is scheduled to blast off this week from Virginia’s coast to the International Space Station. The craft will carry 7,500 pounds of groceries, hardware and research.
Assuming it survives the harsh solar environment, the spacecraft will make 23 even closer approaches over the next seven years. The observations could unlock some of the sun’s mysteries.
The three-part series "The making of Marion Barry" looks at how the future mayor got his start in the civil rights movement, how he became a power player in the city and his enduring legacy.