NASA is progressing toward an upcoming mission dedicated to exploring a unique asteroid called Psyche. The metal-rock asteroid orbits the Sun between Mars and Jupiter and could give us answers on how Earth was formed. The spacecraft that will be used for NASA’s Psyche mission is graduating from a design phase to manufacturing ahead of a planned launch in 2022.
NASA Stories July 8
NASA Stories June 30
The window for launching from Earth to Mars opens on July 17. NASA planned to use the date to launch its newest Mars rover Perseverance tasked with finding signs of past life on Mars.
NASA associate administrator Steve Jurczyk shared on June 9, however, that the earliest date launch partner United Launch Alliance can lift off is July 20. The launch date slipped back another two days on June 24 following a “ground support systems issue identified during the packing of the spacecraft into protective fairings that go on top of the rocket.”
As of June 30, however, the current launch target is no earlier than July 30. The original launch target extended through August 5, although NASA and ULA believe they can launch as late as August 15 if needed.
NASA Stories June 26
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to watch the Sun every day for 10 years? That’s what NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has been doing for the past decade.
If you’re curious about the result of this mission, NASA published an epic timelapse video called “A Decade of Sun” that shows the last 10 years of the Sun in just one hour.
The result is totally mesmerizing, and the imperfections in the footage just make it all the more real.
NASA Stories June 25
NASA Stories June 16
Worm or Meatball? Celebrate NASA with these $8 t-shirts on sale
Target is offering a handful of NASA t-shirts on sale today for $8. You can bag free shipping on orders over $35 or just opt for curbside pickup to side-step any fees. RedCard members can save an additional 5%, bringing prices down to $7.60. Each of these shirts typically sells for $13, making it a great time to snag some new gear, especially if you’re celebrating the recent launches or any of the upcoming events planned. You might recall some of the graphics found on these t-shirts, especially if you’re into the NASA’s lauded history of graphic design. From the meatball to the iconic worm design, which is making a return, there’s something for everyone here. Browse through the entire selection for more styles, including similarly priced items for kids, too.
NASA Stories June 15
NASA Stories June 12
NASA replaced its spaceflight lead Doug Leverro in charge of human exploration just days before SpaceX sent astronauts to the space station for the first time last month. Kenneth Bowersox temporarily took the position in an acting role during the Demo-2 mission on May 30.
Today, NASA has filled the position of Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate in an official capacity. Kathy Leuders, who has managed Commercial Crew and Commercial Cargo programs for NASA since 2014, will now lead Human Explorations & Operations.
NASA Stories June 11
The Perseverance Mars rover isn’t the only new rover in NASA’s collection of robots that will explore celestial bodies in space. The slightly more aggressively named VIPER rover will be Moon-bound in 2023.
Updates June 10-June 12:
- Liftoff from New Zealand will be at 10:13 p.m. PT/1:13 a.m. ET.
- Launch countdown is currently on hold due to high wind speeds in the area. The clock will recycle to T-12 minutes if weather improves.
- Out of hold! 2:08 a.m. ET liftoff.
- Hold again at 2:06 a.m. ET. 13 minutes left to recycle the countdown to T-12 minutes before the launch window closes until tomorrow.
- Scrubbed due to wind speeds on first launch attempt. Next attempt will be June 13, 12:43 a.m. ET.
- New launch target: June 13, 12:53 a.m. ET … now 1:12 a.m. ET.
Rocket Lab plans to launch payloads into space for three customers including NASA this week from its launch site in New Zealand. The small satellite launch service provider will use its Electron rocket to deploy satellites in Earth orbit on a mission called “Don’t Stop Me Now” as soon as Thursday, June 11.