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Nation mourns Armstrong

Article | Aug 27, 2012

Taking "one small step" on July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong cemented in lunar dust his place in history as the first man to walk on the moon. Armstrong, an avid aviator throughout his life, died Aug. 25.

NASA awards $1.1 billion for manned spacecraft development

Article | Aug 06, 2012

Three companies have been awarded contracts to continue development of spacecraft able to shuttle astronauts to and from the International Space Station in years to come, with NASA divvying up $1.1 billion in potential awards over the coming two years.

‘Seven minutes of triumph’

Article | Aug 06, 2012

It was an instrument approach like no other, billed in advance as "seven minutes of terror" and ending with a triumphant celebration at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory control room in Pasadena, Calif. The NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity was deposited in a gravel field, and beamed back the first photos from the surface, marking the end of the most dangerous phase of the mission.

Sally Ride: Astronaut, pathfinder, scientist dies at 61

Article | Jul 24, 2012

Sally Kristen Ride took her place in history on June 18, 1983, blasting into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle "Challenger", the first American woman in space. Ride, 61, lost a 17-month battle with cancer on July 23.

Future astronauts may count on inflatable heat shields

Article | Jul 23, 2012

A NASA test July 23 proved that an inflatable heat shield can stand up to the searing heat of atmospheric reentry, proving in the real world a concept with promise to facilitate travel to other planets--and a lightweight alternative to heavy heat shields protecting capsules returning to Earth.

NASA reporting progress on return to manned spaceflight

Article | Jul 19, 2012

A nation of space enthusiasts still smarting from the end of the space shuttle program may look forward to 2014, when NASA plans the first orbital test of the Orion space capsule, designed to carry astronauts to asteroids, Mars, and elsewhere in the solar system.

Mars rover may have trouble closing flight plan

Article | Jul 17, 2012

While there is no pay phone on Mars, Curiosity might end up needing one, at least for a little while. With less than three weeks left in a journey of 352 million miles from Earth to Mars, the Mars Science Laboratory rover is lined up for an always-risky landing, one that predecessors have failed more often than not.

Spaceport launches new look, plans expanded tours

Article | Jul 11, 2012

The gateway to civilian space travel is quickly taking shape in the New Mexico desert, and Spaceport America celebrated landing a certificate of occupancy for its operations center with a new website, logo, and a promise of expanded tours for the curious this summer.

Conference focuses on space station science

Article | Jul 02, 2012

Engineers and scientists from a broad range of disciplines gathered in Colorado June 26 through 28 to reflect on past and future achievements, and be formally introduced to a new nonprofit organization chosen by NASA to manage the science taking place in the U.S. National Laboratory aboard the International Space Station.

GA pilot lands Emerging Explorer support

Article | Jun 12, 2012

The National Geographic Society has chosen Barrington Irving, the youngest pilot to circumnavigate the world in history, among 2012's Emerging Explorers. Irving's next mission will be flying around the world at 45,000 feet in an Embraer while beaming live lessons to students.

Curiosity takes closer aim at Mars landing

Article | Jun 11, 2012

A combination of in-flight calibration and improved simulations have allowed NASA and its partners to plan a more precise landing on Mars by Curiosity, mankind's first rover with tools to drill into rock - including one in particular that researchers are "quite fond of."

Passenger space pioneer cleared for supersonic tests

Article | Jun 04, 2012

Scaled Composites has secured FAA permission to light the rocket motor on SpaceShipTwo in flight, clearing the way for continued tests of a vehicle designed to carry Virgin Galactic passengers to space.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2012

Gyro or fixed-wing? Flying cars progress in the Netherlands, U.S. If flying cars become a reality, drivers will have to become certificated pilots.

SpaceX capsule delivers cargo to space station

Article | May 30, 2012

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) made history May 25 as the first private company to dock a spacecraft with the International Space Station.

Private rocket launches for space station docking

Article | May 24, 2012

The Falcon 9 rocket's engines ignited in the early-morning darkness May 22, launching a mission to send the first commercial spacecraft to rendezvous with the International Space Station.

NASA takes synthetic vision to the next level

Article | May 17, 2012

Engineers at the NASA Langley Research Center who developed synthetic vision technology are now working to put it right before your eyes. A head-worn display that tracks your gaze and is mounted on an ordinary eyeglass frame promises to project critical information, including traffic and terrain, in zero visibility.

NASA hunts meteorite with airship

Article | May 07, 2012

The remains of an asteroid similar to those that may have launched life on Earth crashed into Northern California on April 22. NASA scientist Peter Jenniskens hopes to collect footage from terrestrial security and surveillance cameras to track down missing pieces.

Many pilots play roles in next chapter of spaceflight

Article | Apr 26, 2012

A successful test of parachutes that will safely ease the Orion manned spacecraft to landing was overshadowed by the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery on April 17. In Houston, the Arizona desert, and elsewhere, Orion's test and development crew, many of them pilots, were focused on the future.

Shuttle spotting: ‘Discovery’ lands at final home

Article | Apr 18, 2012

The space shuttle 'Discovery' appeared over the treeline atop its carrier aircraft, a modified Boeing 747, to an eruption of applause from thousands of visitors who lined the parking lot of the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center April 17 to witness its last flight.

NASA, SpaceX express cautious optimism for April 30 launch

Article | Apr 16, 2012

Two weeks ahead of the first planned attempt to rendezvous a commercial spacecraft with the International Space Station, all systems are go, and officials from NASA and private contractor SpaceX are keeping their fingers crossed.

SpaceX's proposed Texas launch site to be studied

Advocacy | Apr 12, 2012

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), a commercial group that develops rockets and spacecraft, is proposing to build vertical launch and control areas in Cameron County, Texas, to conduct up to 12 commercial launches a year.