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.
Tropical Storm Isaac is forecast to pass near or over Haiti tonight, threatening heavy rain, flash floods and mudslides to the country still vulnerable after a devastating earthquake in 2010. More updates on BreakingNews.com.
Photo: NASA’s Terra satellite passed over Tropical Storm Isaac today at 11:20 a.m. EDT as it continued moving through the eastern Caribbean Sea. (Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team)
NASA Mars rover Curiosity snaps 1st color photo of Red Planet
Space.com: NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has taken its 1st color photo of the planet. The new photo provides a view of the terrain north of the Curiosity rover, and shows the north wall and rim of Gale Crater in the distance, NASA officials said in an image description.
Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems
Florida Today: NASA and Lockheed Martin unveiled the 1st space-bound Orion spacecraft today as some 450 people gathered at Kennedy Space Center to mark its arrival. It will be the 1st time a spacecraft for human spaceflight has been produced at the center. The production line work will be done by a crew that will total about 400, offsetting some of the job losses caused by the 2011 shutdown of the shuttle program.
NASA predicts our galaxy will collide with nearby galaxy
In 6 billion years, our galaxy, the Milky Way, will collide with the nearby Andromeda galaxy, according to the 1st reliable determination of Andromeda’s sideways motion, made using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
This photo illustration depicts a view of the night sky just before the predicted merger between our Milky Way galaxy and the neighboring Andromeda galaxy. (Illustration: NASA, ESA, Z. Levay and R. van der Marel (STScI), and A. Mellinger)
Private spacecraft becomes 1st to visit International Space Station
The International Space Station crew successfully captured the SpaceX Dragon capsule with the station’s robotic arm at 9:56 a.m. EDT, NASA says. This is the 1st time a commercial spacecraft has visited the International Space Station.