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Earth-observing instrument activated on International Space Station


In a bid to monitor Earth better, Nasa has successfully installed and activated its first Earth-observing instrument — the ISS-RapidScat — on the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS-RapidScat will monitor ocean winds for climate research as well as weather predictions and hurricane monitoring. The instrument has already begun collecting data. “Its antenna began spinning and it started transmitting and ... Read More »

Wanna travel to Space Station? these two companies will take Americans to Space Station

The astronaut Randy Bresnik preparing to enter the Boeing CST-100 spacecraft at a company facility in Houston.

Boeing and the Space Exploration Technologies Corporation are the winners in the competition to carry American astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA announced on Tuesday. The awards reflect a fundamental shift in NASA’s human spaceflight program, relying on private companies rather than the traditional hands-on approach, in which the space agency designed and operated the spacecraft. The first flights ... Read More »

Visitor on Mars this weekend: NASA’s Maven spacecraft


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Mars, get ready for another visitor or two. This weekend, NASA’s Maven spacecraft will reach the red planet following a 10-month journey spanning 442 million miles. If all goes well, the robotic explorer will hit the brakes and slip into Martian orbit Sunday night. “I’m all on pins and needles. This is a critical event,” NASA’s director ... Read More »