National Aeronautics and Space Administration http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/30100/all en NASA science balloon breaks longest flight record http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/nasa-science-balloon-breaks-longest-flight-record <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>After more than 55 days flying over Antarctica, NASA's huge Super-TIGER scientific balloon has broken the record for the longest flight of its kind, bringing back a wealth of data, the US space agency said Monday.</p> <p>The Super-TIGER balloon spent 55 days, one hour and 34 minutes aloft at an altitude of 127,000 feet (38,710 meters), beating the old record set in 2009 by just over a day.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/nasa-science-balloon-breaks-longest-flight-record" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ballooning Cosmic ray Human Interest National Aeronautics and Space Administration Physics Technology AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 01:15:44 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745909 at http://www.globalpost.com NASA's robotic rover Curiosity drills into Martian rock http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130209/nasas-robotic-rover-curiosity-drills-martian-rock <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, Feb 9 (Reuters) - For the first time, NASA's rover Curiosity used its on-board drill to collect a sample of Martian bedrock that might offer evidence of a long-gone wet environment, the U.S. space agency reported on Saturday.</p> <p>Drilling down 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) into a patch of sedimentary bedrock, Curiosity collected the rock powder left by the drill and will analyze it using its own laboratory instruments, NASA said in a statement. This is the first time a robot has drilled to collect a Martian sample.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130209/nasas-robotic-rover-curiosity-drills-martian-rock" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Human Interest National Aeronautics and Space Administration Space technology Spacecraft Spaceflight Technology Thomson Reuters Sat, 09 Feb 2013 19:15:54 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5751257 at http://www.globalpost.com NASA rover drills into its first Martian rock http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130210/nasa-rover-drills-its-first-martian-rock <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Rover looking for ingredients needed for life</p> <p>* Drill obtains samples from inside rocks</p> <p>By Irene and Klotz</p> <p>CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Feb. 9 (Reuters) - The Mars rover Curiosity drilled into the Martian surface for the first time as part of an effort to learn if the planet most like Earth in the solar system ever had conditions to support microbial life, NASA said on Saturday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130210/nasa-rover-drills-its-first-martian-rock" target="_blank">read more</a></p> National Aeronautics and Space Administration Space technology Spacecraft Spaceflight Technology Thomson Reuters Sun, 10 Feb 2013 06:15:17 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5751526 at http://www.globalpost.com US launches Earth observation satellite http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/us-launches-earth-observation-satellite-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United States launched its latest Earth observation satellite Monday atop an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, NASA said.</p> <p>The Landsat Data Continuity Mission, or Landsat 8, was the latest in a line of satellites used to continuously gather imagery from space of the Earth's land surface, coastal areas and coral reefs.</p> <p>"Everything is looking good, and the engine is operating normally," a NASA announcer said after the rocket roared off its launch pad at 1702 GMT.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/us-launches-earth-observation-satellite-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Earth National Aeronautics and Space Administration Spacecraft Spaceflight Technology AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:01:37 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753050 at http://www.globalpost.com US launches Earth observation satellite http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/us-launches-earth-observation-satellite-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United States launched its latest Earth observation satellite Monday atop an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, NASA said.</p> <p>The Landsat Data Continuity Mission was the latest in a line of satellites used to continuously gather imagery from space of the Earth's land surface, coastal areas and coral reefs.</p> <p>"Everything is looking good, and the engine is operating normally," a NASA announcer said after the rocket roared off its launch pad at 1702 GMT.</p> <p>Once in orbit, the satellite will be turned over to the US Geological Survey.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/us-launches-earth-observation-satellite-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Earth National Aeronautics and Space Administration Space technology Spaceflight Technology AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:02:27 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753063 at http://www.globalpost.com Asteroid to whiz past Earth Friday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/asteroid-whiz-past-earth-friday <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NASA is keeping close tabs on a sizable asteroid set to whiz past our planet Friday in what the US space agency says is the closest flyby ever predicted for such a large object.</p> <p>About 150 feet (45 meters) in diameter, the asteroid -- dubbed 2012 DA 14 -- is expected to pass about 17,200 miles (27,000 kilometers) above the Earth at the time of closest approach, about 2:25 pm EST (1925 GMT), NASA said.</p> <p>"This distance is well away from Earth and the swarm of low Earth-orbiting satellites, including the International Space Station," it said in a statement on its website.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/asteroid-whiz-past-earth-friday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> National Aeronautics and Space Administration Planetary science Space Spaceflight Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 09:31:12 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756376 at http://www.globalpost.com Asteroid to whiz past Earth Friday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/asteroid-whiz-past-earth-friday-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NASA is closely tracking an asteroid large enough to destroy a city that is set to whiz past Earth on Friday in what the US space agency says is the closest flyby ever predicted for such a large object.</p> <p>The 150-feet (45-meter) wide asteroid -- dubbed 2012 DA 14 -- is expected to pass about 17,200 miles (27,000 kilometers) above the Earth at the time of closest approach, about 2:25 pm EST (1925 GMT), NASA said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/asteroid-whiz-past-earth-friday-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> National Aeronautics and Space Administration Planetary defense Planetary science Space Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 10:16:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756470 at http://www.globalpost.com NASA scrambles for better asteroid detection http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/nasa-scrambles-better-asteroid-detection <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NASA, universities and private groups in the US are working on asteroid warning systems that can detect objects from space like the one that struck Russia last week with a blinding flash and mighty boom.</p> <p>But the US space agency reiterated that events like the one in the Urals, which shattered windows and injured nearly 1,000 people, are rare.</p> <p>"We would expect an event of this magnitude to occur once every 100 years on average," said Paul Chodas of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/nasa-scrambles-better-asteroid-detection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster National Aeronautics and Space Administration Planetary defense Space Spaceflight Technology AFP Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:15:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5759313 at http://www.globalpost.com NASA briefly loses contact with space station http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/nasa-briefly-loses-contact-space-station <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The International Space Station briefly lost contact with ground controllers on Tuesday because of a computer problem, but its commander said the crew was fine, NASA said.</p> <p>The glitch lasted just under three hours.</p> <p>The agency initially said flight controllers in Houston were updating software on board the station's flight computers when one of the station's data relay systems broke down.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/nasa-briefly-loses-contact-space-station" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Expedition 1 Flight controller National Aeronautics and Space Administration Spaceflight AFP Tue, 19 Feb 2013 18:16:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5760291 at http://www.globalpost.com SpaceX set for third mission to space station http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/spacex-set-third-mission-space-station <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>As US firm SpaceX prepares for its third launch to the space station Friday, NASA said there was nothing "particularly challenging" about a mission that a few months ago was unprecedented.</p> <p>Liftoff is set for 10:10 am local time (1510 GMT) in Cape Canaveral, Florida, to launch the unmanned Dragon capsule into orbit carrying some 1,200 pounds (544 kilograms) of supplies to the International Space Station.</p> <p>Forecasts give an 80 percent chance of favorable weather conditions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/spacex-set-third-mission-space-station" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Hospitality Human spaceflight National Aeronautics and Space Administration Spaceflight SpaceX AFP Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:45:43 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5770223 at http://www.globalpost.com Private US SpaceX rocket Falcon-9 launched http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/private-us-spacex-rocket-falcon-9-launched <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Private space firm SpaceX launched its Falcon-9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Friday, carrying a resupply capsule to the International Space Station, NASA television showed.</p> <p>The rocket rapidly reached orbital altitude where it deployed the Dragon vehicle, carrying 1,200 pounds (544 kilograms) of supplies, on what was the firm's third launch and second mission to the ISS.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/private-us-spacex-rocket-falcon-9-launched" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hospitality National Aeronautics and Space Administration Space technology Spaceflight SpaceX AFP Fri, 01 Mar 2013 15:46:05 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5770999 at http://www.globalpost.com NASA fixing computer glitch on Mars Curiosity rover http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/nasa-fixing-computer-glitch-mars-curiosity-rover <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has been temporarily put into "safe mode," as scientists monitoring from Earth try to fix a computer glitch, the US space agency said.</p> <p>Scientists switched to a backup computer Thursday so that they could troubleshoot the problem, said to be linked to a glitch in the original computer's flash memory.</p> <p>"We switched computers to get to a standard state from which to begin restoring routine operations," said Richard Cook of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the project manager for the Mars Science Laboratory Project, which built and operates Curiosity.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/nasa-fixing-computer-glitch-mars-curiosity-rover" target="_blank">read more</a></p> National Aeronautics and Space Administration Space technology Spacecraft Spaceflight Technology AFP Sat, 02 Mar 2013 21:00:42 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5771840 at http://www.globalpost.com SpaceX's ISS rendezvous set for Sunday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/spacexs-iss-rendezvous-set-sunday <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SpaceX's unmanned Dragon capsule will dock Sunday with the International Space Station on a mission to deliver food, scientific experiments and other cargo, NASA said.</p> <p>"Dragon is scheduled to be captured Sunday at 6:01 am EST (1201 GMT) by NASA Expedition 34 Commander Kevin Ford and NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn," the US space agency said in a statement. </p> <p>NASA said Dragon will be installed onto the Earth-facing port of the ISS's Harmony module by ground experts at mission control in Houston and bolted into place via commands by the ISS crew.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/spacexs-iss-rendezvous-set-sunday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human spaceflight National Aeronautics and Space Administration Spaceflight SpaceX AFP Sat, 02 Mar 2013 22:15:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5771869 at http://www.globalpost.com SpaceX's capsule nears ISS for rendezvous on Sunday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/spacexs-capsule-nears-iss-rendezvous-sunday <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A privately-owned unmanned US space capsule neared the International Space Station early Sunday, preparing to dock to deliver food, scientific materials and other crucial equipment.</p> <p>"Dragon is scheduled to be captured Sunday at 6:31 am EST (1131 GMT) by NASA Expedition 34 Commander Kevin Ford and NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn," the US space agency NASA said in a statement.</p> <p>NASA said SpaceX's Dragon would be installed onto the Earth-facing port of the ISS's Harmony module by ground experts at mission control in Houston and bolted into place via commands by the ISS crew.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/spacexs-capsule-nears-iss-rendezvous-sunday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human spaceflight National Aeronautics and Space Administration Spaceflight SpaceX AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 05:45:25 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5771968 at http://www.globalpost.com SpaceX's capsule arrives at ISS http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/spacexs-capsule-arrives-at-iss-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A privately-owned unmanned US space capsule docked Sunday at the International Space Station bringing food, scientific materials and crucial equipment to the space outpost.</p> <p>NASA said that SpaceX's Dragon capsule linked up with the ISS's Harmony module at 8:56 am (1356 GMT).</p> <p>The US space agency said a hatch between Dragon and the ISS's Harmony module would be opened Monday as the capsule commenced its three-week-long stay at the orbiting space station.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/spacexs-capsule-arrives-at-iss-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human spaceflight Manned spacecraft National Aeronautics and Space Administration Spaceflight Technology AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 16:15:29 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5772180 at http://www.globalpost.com