NASA's Glory atmospheric research mission satellite crashed into the southern Pacific Ocean early today after a protective nose cone fairing failed to separate during launch aboard an Orbital Sciences Corp. Taurus XL rocket. The $424 million failure was the second in a row for the Orbital Sciences booster following the 2009 loss of another environmental satellite due to a similar nose cone malfunction. "I think it's not an understatement to say tonight we're all pretty devastated," said Ronald Grabe, a former space shuttle commander who now manages Orbital's Launch Systems Group. "But we will recover, the team will bounce back because they're all professionals. Orbital Sciences will bounce back with the Taurus vehicle." Delayed since Feb. 23 by trouble with ground support equipment, the Glory mission got underway at 2:09:43 a.m. PT with a sky-lighting launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The first two stages of the slender four-stage solid-fuel booster ignited normally, with … [Read more...] about NASA science satellite lost in $424 million launch failure
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India plans to send manned mission to space by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Wednesday.The mission will see the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) send a crew of three into a low earth orbit for five to seven days, NDTV reports."India has always advanced in space science but we have decided that by 2022 when India completes 75 years of Independence, or before that, a son or daughter of India will go to space with a tricolor in their hands," Modi said during a celebration of India's 72nd Independence Day. NASA's Hubble telescope delivers stunning new space pictures 13 Photos The ISRO plans to spend 90 billion rupees ($1.28 billion), with a "demonstration phase" that includes undertaking two unmanned flights ahead of the crewed mission. It'll use an Indian-made Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III, which was first launched in June 2017 to put an internet satellite into orbit, The Next Web notes. The launch will take place at Sriharikota, which … [Read more...] about India to launch its first manned space mission by 2022
NASA plans to launch the Terrier-Malemute sounding rocket on June 11 to study how particles move in space move. NASA/Wallops As dawn is about to break on Sunday, June 11, those living along the East Coast from New York City to North Carolina could be treated to a spectacular multi-colored atmospheric light show courtesy of NASA. That's when the space agency intends its attempt its fourth launch of a small "sounding rocket" from it Wallops Flight Facility on the shore of Eastern Virginia to some 100 miles (160 kilometers) above the planet. The first two tries were aborted due to bad weather, and a third was scrubbed because of boats in the launch hazard area. If things go as planned this time, the Terrier-Improved Malemute rocket will carry onboard 10 canisters containing strontium, cupric-oxide and barium. The rocket will eject those canisters between four and five-and-a-half minutes after launch, and the metals will create a blue-green and red vapor that will form artificial, … [Read more...] about NASA Launch Could Be Colorful Light Show for Viewers
This artist's concept shows NASA's InSight lander after it has deployed its instruments on the Martian surface. InSight successfully landed on our planetary neighbor on Nov. 26, 2018, executing a perfect landing. NASA/JPL-Caltech The Martian space robot family had a new addition on Monday, Nov. 26, after NASA's InSight mission made a dramatic entrance into the red planet's atmosphere and stuck a picture-perfect landing on a flat plain near the equator. After cruising through interplanetary space for nearly seven months and over 300 million miles (483 million kilometers) inside its protective aeroshell, the $850 million robotic mission entered the wispy upper atmosphere like a speeding bullet. It was protected by its heatshield, which skyrocketed to temperatures of nearly 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,649 degrees Celsius) – heated by the extreme friction between atmospheric gases and invading spacecraft. Cozy inside its protective shell, the lander prepared for the next step of … [Read more...] about NASA’s InSight Will Probe Mars’ Quakes, Temperature and Wobble to Understand Its Origins
An original drawing from the NASA Art Program dated May 15, 1963 -- the day NASA launched its Faith 7 capsule on the Mercury-Atlas 9 mission. Courtesty of NASA Langley Research Center Most great periods in history are celebrated through artwork, and in 1962, two men decided the United States' foray into the heavens by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) should be no exception. Just four years after NASA's inception, then NASA administrator James Webb and artist James Dean decided to commission artists working in various mediums to create artwork inspired by the agency and its space exploration as part of an official NASA Art Program. In additional to recording a momentous era, they figured space-related artwork would also be a way to help educate people about NASA and its mission -- and re-create some of the magic of space exploration that photographs just couldn't capture. In 1963, NASA invited the first group of artists selected to watch the final launch … [Read more...] about What did NASA contribute to the art world?