NASA’s unmanned spacecraft, the Maven, has launched on its mission to Mars to study the red planet’s atmosphere.
AP reports Maven is due on Mars next fall following a journey of more than 440 million miles. Scientists are hoping to find clues to understand why Mars went from being warm and wet during its first billion year to cold and dry today.
Universe Today: A NASA probe bound for the largest planet in our solar system has sent an image of earth back to mission control.
Images of Earth captured by the probe are proof that the spacecraft is communicating as it continues its epic journey to Jupiter.
'We are on our way to Jupiter as planned,' Juno project manager Rick Nybakken, of JPL said.
The probe is expected to arrive in orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016.
Photo: This reconstructed dayside image of Earth is one of the first snapshots transmitted back home by NASA’s Juno spacecraft in the wake of Wednesday’s flyby. Juno was due to be flying over South America and the southern Atlantic Ocean. (NASA / JPL / SwRI / MSSS / Ken Kremer)
Commercial cargo ship arrives at space station after delay
Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus cargo ship has arrived at the International Space Station after a week’s delay. The space station’s astronauts used their robot arm to grab the capsule this morning, which contains more than a half-ton of food, clothes and other supplies for the six astronauts, AP reports.
Expedition 37 arrives at International Space Station
NASA: NASA has confirmed that a new trio of Expedition 37 residents has arrived at the International Space Station, docking to the Poisk mini-research module Wednesday at 10:45 p.m. EDT aboard a Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft.
Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers Mike Hopkins and Sergey Ryazanskiy are scheduled for a five-and-a-half month stay in space, living and working inside the orbital laboratory.
National Geographic: NASA has confirmed that Voyager 1 has slipped from the solar system. Launched in 1977, the spacecraft is now more than 11.66 billion miles from the sun, becoming the first to enter interstellar space.
Image: This artist’s concept depicts NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space, or the space between stars. Interstellar space is dominated by the plasma, or ionized gas, that was ejected by the death of nearby giant stars millions of years ago. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)
NASA shares photos of Earth, seen from Saturn and Mercury
NASA has shared new images of the Earth and moon, as seen from Saturn and Mercury. In this photo captured by the Cassini orbiter on July 19, Saturn’s rings can be seen with Earth and the moon. Earth is a blue dot at the center right; the moon can be seen as a fainter protrusion off its right side.
AP: NASA has aborted a spacewalk at the International Space Station because of a dangerous water leak in an astronaut’s helmet.
Italy’s first spacewalker, Luca Parmitano, reported that he felt a lot of water on the back of his head barely an hour into Tuesday’s spacewalk. The leak was so bad that he needed help from a fellow astronaut getting back into the safety of the space station.
Photo: European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano adjusts his equipment before a training examination at the Star City space centre outside Moscow April 30, 2013. ( REUTERS/Sergei Remezov)
The mission is the second of 12 SpaceX flights to resupply the ISS. Launch is scheduled for 10:10 a.m. EST.
Photo: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with its Dragon spacecraft onboard, is seen shortly after it was erected at Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida today. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another planet. No rover has ever drilled into a rock beyond Earth and collected a sample from its interior.
Photo: Image from NASA’s Curiosity rover shows the 1st sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover’s drill. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
Asteroid to make close approach to Earth next week
Space.com: An asteroid half the size of a football field will make a close approach to Earth next week, but poses no threat of crashing into our planet, NASA officials say.
Asteroid 2012 DA14’s close encounter is a record-breaking celestial event, according to Don Yeomans, the head of NASA’s asteroid-tracking program. An object this large only passes this close to the Earth about once every 40 years, and likely only hits the planet once every 1,200 years, Yeomans says.
Photo: A diagram depicting the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
Capt. Scott Kelly, a veteran astronaut, will set the record for the longest single space mission for an American, NASA announced today. Kelly and Roscomos cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will embark on a 1-year mission to the International Space Station in 2015.
The duo will help scientists explore the effects of living in space on the human body, NASA said.
Photo: NASA astronaut Scott Kelly was a flight engineer on Expedition 25 to the International Space Station. (photo via CNN)
Mars rover Curiosity finds signs of ancient stream
Scientists say NASA’s Curiosity rover has found signs that a stream once flowed across the surface near the site where it landed on Mars. Read more from NBC News.
Photo: In this image from NASA’s Curiosity rover, a rock outcrop called Link pops out from a Martian surface that is elsewhere blanketed by reddish-brown dust. The picture was taken on Sept. 2, the 27th Martian day of Curiosity’s mission. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
Space shuttle Endeavour lifts off on final journey
AP: NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour left the Kennedy Space Center at sunrise Wednesday on the 1st leg of its flight to California, bolted on top of a jet.
Endeavour will make it as far as Houston Wednesday, and is set to arrive in Los Angeles on Friday. This is NASA’s last ferry flight of a shuttle. Endeavour flew 25 times in space before it was retired last year.