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Congress Delays Action on NASA's 2017 Budget

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:02:11 -0600

Congress stands ready to punt on NASA's budget, meaning the space program will have to operate on a short budgetary leash until April of next year.



Countdown to the Next NASA Discovery Mission Selection

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:48:49 -0600

If NASA’s managers hold to their schedule, we will learn sometime this month what NASA’s next planetary mission will be.



European Space Agency Announces Budgetary Commitments

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:31:39 -0600

ESA has committed to continuing its ExoMars programme and participation with the International Space Station, but cut funding for its Asteroid Impact Mission.



Ground finale? Deployment test moves LightSail 2 closer to handoff

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:34:48 -0600

LightSail 2 successfully demonstrated all of its critical functions during what may have been the CubeSat's final end-to-end systems test at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.



Review: New book brings artistry of Apollo photos to your living room

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:07:17 -0600

Jason Davis reviews a new photo book showcasing a stunning collection of images taken by NASA's Apollo astronauts from 1968 through 1972.



Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Departs Spirit Mound, Embarks on Toughest Exit Ever

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:55:49 -0600

Opportunity worked along Endeavour Crater's western rim through November, taking pictures, hiking slopes, and finishing work in the depths of Cape Tribulation.



What's the matter with Russia's rockets?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:01:48 -0600

Fifteen Russian rockets have failed in the past 6 years. Of those mishaps, all but two involved upper stages. So what's going on? The problem may actually lie far beyond the country's aerospace industry.



TeamIndus Announces Launch Contract with ISRO

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:45:59 -0600

TeamIndus, India’s only entry for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, just announced their launch contract with ISRO. If successful, TeamIndus would be the first private company from India to land a craft on an extraterrestrial body.



ISS-bound Progress spacecraft fails to reach orbit, breaks apart over southern Siberia

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:49:10 -0600

This morning's launch of an uncrewed Russian Progress cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station went awry. Following a third-stage failure, the vehicle reentered Earth's atmosphere and broke apart over southern Siberia in Russia.



Review: Arrival’s surprising message of happiness and hope for humanity

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:01:16 -0600

In a review of the new sci-fi film Arrival, Jason Davis says there's a lot to like about the movie's surprising message of happiness and hope for humanity.