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New Horizons Mission Catches Pluto And Charon Waltzing

After a ten year journey, NASA’s New Horizons mission is still 420 million kilometers from the Pluto system – but that’s close enough to begin to see the orbital dance of an icy world and its major moon.

August 8, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

Sneaking up on a Sweaty Comet

Over the coming month the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission will fire its main engines no less than eight times to tweak its interplanetary intercept course with Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko; eventually sidling up to the 4 kilometer wide cometary nucleus at about 7.9 meters per second in early August.

June 30, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

Can Starshot Work?

The answer lies in overcoming known and yet-to-be discovered hurdles—it'll be a wild ride

April 26, 2016 — Caleb A. Scharf
MAVEN Maneuvers into Orbit Tonight

MAVEN Maneuvers into Orbit Tonight

Last summer, I attended a new media professionals workshop at the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) in Colorado to learn more about the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission which launched last November.

September 21, 2014 — Joanne Manaster

Watch the Earth From Space, Live!

Live streaming video by Ustream It doesn’t get much better than this (well, of course being in space might be better, albeit colder).

May 1, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

Basic Rocket Science: Sub-Orbital Versus Orbital

As the private space company Blue Origin achieves a 100 kilometer suborbital flight, and a spectacular re-landing of its rocket, it's worth pausing to consider the basic energy requirements of spaceflight from the surface of the Earth.

November 25, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Countdown to the Kuiper Belt [Videos]

For the first time two spacecraft will soon make up-close studies of objects from the solar system’s Kuiper Belt, a mysterious region beyond Neptune’s orbit.

October 14, 2014 — Clara Moskowitz