NASA’s Chandra telescope follows Hubble into a shutdown

NASA sure hasn’t been having a great time with its telescopes. The Chandra X-ray Observatory has gone into safe mode and halted all its science operations a few days after Hubble shut down due a gyroscope failure. According to the agency, Chandra’s transition into safe mode was possibly triggered by an issue that also has […]

NASA’s public CO2 challenge could help astronauts endure on Mars

NASA would really prefer that Mars astronauts produce their materials on Mars, but that’s not so easy when resources we take for granted on Earth are hard to get on the Red Planet. The administration has an idea as to how it might accomplish that feat, though — and it wants your help. It’s launching […]

NASA’s new climate science satellites switch on their lasers

NASA’s new climate-monitoring satellites, which SpaceX ferried to orbit in May, are almost ready to keep an eye on our planet’s ice sheets, atmosphere and ocean levels. On June 13th, the twin Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) satellites switched on their lasers in search of one another for the first time. Those lasers […]

Shhh… Nasa’s supersonic silent aircraft gets name reflecting long QueSST to make it

After decades in the making, NASA’ s silent supersonic aircraft seems to have reached the stage it deserved a name. The plane is designed to travel over cities faster than the speed of sound and as quietly as a mouse. The moniker X-59 QueSST was given to the experimental aircraft by the US Air Force, […]

NASA’s planet-hunting TESS spacecraft snaps its first photo

TESS, NASA’s new exoplanet-hunting spacecraft, has captured its first image ever, giving us a glimpse of what its powerful “eyes” can see. The spacecraft’s science team used one of its four cameras to snap a two-second test exposure as part of their preparations now that TESS is only a month away from officially starting its […]

NASA’s Orion spacecraft getting closer to finally flying again

Enlarge / NASA’s Orion spacecraft and its launch abort system shown in this rendering of the Ascent Abort-2 test flight. (credit: NASA) It’s been a long three-and-a-half years since the Orion spacecraft first launched into space in December 2014, making a successful shake-out flight. But now, NASA’s program aimed at building a large, deep-space capsule […]