Feature Articles
  
October 10
MAVENMAVEN – So What’s Up With That?
MAVEN – So What’s Up With That?
The other night I was talking with my daughters about exploring Mars. I was telling them about the Viking landers, the Mars Rovers, and I was showing them all the cool pictures that have been returned by the orbiters. So my oldest daughter asks me “what’s next?” and I told her we were getting ready to launch a new orbiter called Mars Atmospheric and Volatile EvolutioN or just MAVEN for short. Read the full article
September 06
MarsMars is over a hundred million miles away – it’s a desert where the temperatures drop so low that carbon dioxide freezes out of the atmosphere at night!  So why should anybody care about Mars?
Why Should I Care About Mars?
Mars is over a hundred million miles away – it’s a desert where the temperatures drop so low that carbon dioxide freezes out of the atmosphere at night! So why should anybody care about Mars? Read the full article
June 10
EditorialOn Space Exploration And A Single Mom
On Space Exploration And A Single Mom
How do you justify billion dollar space missions to a single, underemployed, mother of 2? Is it all just accademic? Read the full article
September 20
Space Launch SystemThe Space Launch System - A Brief History of America's New Launch System
The Space Launch System - A Brief History of America's New Launch System
What is the Space Launch System and how did it come to be? A look at how the United States restored its deep space exploration capibilities through the creation of a "heavy lift" launch system Read the full article
September 11
Tiangong 1Just What Is Tiangong 1?
Just What Is Tiangong 1?
China is about to begin the second phase of its manned space program with the launch of Tiangong 1. But just what is Tiangong-1? Read the full article
April 18
EditorialFuture of NASA
The Future Of The US Space Program And What It Could Become
In April of 2010 the President of the United States came to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to announce a bold new direction for America’s space program – the commercialization of manned spaceflight. Under this program NASA would no longer own its own manned spacecraft. Instead it would buy rides on vehicles owned, developed, and operated,  Read the full article
August 19
SoyuzSoyuz is the worlds oldest and most reliable space launcher. With the exception of some new upper stages it is virtually identical to the  R-7, Russia's first ICBM which was built in 1957 by the legendary Soviet rocket designed S.P. Korolev.
The Legendary Soyuz Booster
Soyuz is the worlds oldest and most reliable space launcher. With the exception of some new upper stages it is virtually identical to the R-7, Russia's first ICBM which was built in 1957 by the legendary Soviet rocket designed S.P. Korolev.  Read the full article
July 27Built by the Rocketdyne division of the Boeing Company, the Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) are reusable, high performance, variable thrust, liquid fueled rocket engines.  Attached to the aft end of the space shuttle orbiter in a cluster of three, they have a combined power output equivalent to 37 million horsepower. Each SSME weighs about 7780 pounds (for the current block II engines, earlier versions of the SSME were a few hundred pounds lighter) and measures 13.9 feet in length with a nozzle exit diameter of 7.8 feet Space Shuttle Systems 101 - More Than You Ever Needed To Know About The Space Shuttle Main Engines
Built by the Rocketdyne division of the Boeing Company, the Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) are reusable, high performance, variable thrust, liquid fueled rocket engines. Read the full article
June 05
GLASTBut as much as we can envision the night sky here on Earth, there is another unseen one in deep space – the gamma-ray version where no human eye can scan its contents
GLAST - Opening A New Window On The Universe
But as much as we can envision the night sky here on Earth, there is another unseen one in deep space – the gamma-ray version where no human eye can scan its contents Read the full article
April 22 The Soyuz spacecraft is the longest serving, most versatile manned spacecraft ever flown.A Brief History Of The Soyuz Spacecraft
The Soyuz spacecraft is the longest serving, most versatile manned spacecraft ever flown Read the full article
February 29
STS-122 Perhaps one of the most studied bodies in our solar system, Mars is the first of the “external” planets – planets that lie outside of Earth’s orbit.
Sifting The Sands Of Mars
Perhaps one of the most studied bodies in our solar system, Mars is the first of the “external” planets – planets that lie outside of Earth’s orbit. Read the full article
February 28
Dawn Dawn, NASA’s ninth space probe in the Explorers Program, will blast its way around our solar system during its eight year mission seeking answers as to why Ceres, and Vesta, remain intact since their formation 4.6 billion years ago.
Dawn - Exploring Rubble From The Beginning Of Time
Dawn, NASA’s ninth space probe in the Explorers Program, will blast its way around our solar system during its eight year mission seeking answers as to why Ceres, and Vesta, remain intact since their formation 4.6 billion years Read the full article
February 27
ThemisMinutes after a Boeing Delta rocket blasts off its launch pad on Feb. 15 and the faring doors open, five identical spacecraft will float out into space over Australia
THEMIS - Searching For The Truth Behind Magnetic Substorms
Minutes after a Boeing Delta rocket blasts off its launch pad on Feb. 15 and the faring doors open, five identical spacecraft will float out into space over Australia  Read the full article
February 26When most people think of Russia’s space program they inevitably tend to look back instead of forward. In their eyes Russia is past its prime. Russia’s Plans For The Next 26 Years In Space
When most people think of Russia’s space program they inevitably tend to look back instead of forward. In their eyes Russia is past its prime Read the full article
February 24In simple terms, a coronal mass ejection (CME) is an explosion of an enormous ball of electrified gas from the Sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona, and is one of the most violent events in the solar system.The Sun In STEREO
In simple terms, a coronal mass ejection (CME) is an explosion of an enormous ball of electrified gas from the Sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona, and is one of the most violent events in the solar system Read the full article
February 23Nearly one hundred fruit flies left the launch pad as eggs, hatched en route and landed at the International Space Station in larval form. Thousands made the return trip to EarthFruit Flies And Space Flight?
Nearly one hundred fruit flies left the launch pad as eggs, hatched en route and landed at the International Space Station in larval form. Thousands made the return trip to Earth Read the full article
Interviews
  
September 21
ApolloInterspace News celebrates four decades since the first Lunar landing with the words of some of the main actors of the Apollo Program.
Apollo: In their Own Words
Interspace News celebrates four decades since the first Lunar landing with the words of some of the main actors of the Apollo Program. Interspace News correspondent Angela Posada-Swafford had the opportunity of speaking to them at a celebration at MIT, perhaps the most influential institution in the development of the US lunar exploration.  Read the full article
May 19
STS-123Shuttle Commander Dominic Gorie Talks About ISS, Mir, The Space Shuttle, and Life In Space
An Interview With STS-123 Commander Dominic Gorie
STS-123 Commander Dominic Gorie talks about ISS, Mir, The Space Shuttle, And What It Is Like To Live In Space Read the full article
February 29
STS-117A few weeks after his eventful first spaceflight in STS-117, Danny Olivas speaks gently, but with a beautiful soft-spoken passion. Just as he did the first time I heard him in  1998
Danny Olivas
A few weeks after his eventful first spaceflight in STS-117, Danny Olivas speaks gently, but with a beautiful soft-spoken passion.  Read the full article
February 04
STS-122 Navy Cmdr. Stephen N. Frick, will command the STS-122 shuttle mission
Commander Stephen Frick On STS-122
Navy Cmdr. Stephen N. Frick, will command the STS-122 shuttle mission  Read the full article
February 03
sts-118Shuttle Commander Scott Kelly said he is not afraid of the unknown when it comes to piloting the  Space Shuttle
Commander Scott Kelly On STS-118
Shuttle Commander Scott Kelly said he is not afraid of the unknown when it comes to piloting the Space Shuttle  Read the full article
February 02
Liberty Bell 7Forty years ago, astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom squeezed his hands around a knobbed control stick, pushing it from side to side and guided the Liberty Bell 7 back to  Earth
Lowell Grissom On Gus Grissom
Forty years ago, astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom squeezed his hands around a knobbed control stick, pushing it from side to side and guided the Liberty Bell 7 back to Earth Read the full article
February 01With the nation’s perseverance to get to space, some might have forgotten the role Gemini played in getting to the moon. On November 11, 1966, NASA closed the chapter on its Gemini space program and moved toward its next generation of fleet -- the Apollo capsule. Commanding the last launch – Gemini XII – was Jim Lovell, along with Buzz Aldrin, who later walked on the moon with Neil Armstrong. An Interview With James A Lovell
With the nation’s perseverance to get to space, some might have forgotten the role Gemini played in getting to the moon.  Read the full article
January 29Orbital's SORCE Project Manager Robert Fulton Talks About What It Took to Build And Launch NASA's Newest Sun ExplorerAnatomy Of A Space Flight
Orbital's SORCE Project Manager Robert Fulton Talks About What It Took to Build And Launch NASA's Newest Sun Explorer Read the full article
January 29
STS-107This transcript shows what happened in mission control during Columbia's reentry on the STS-107 mission.  Times are approximate to within +/- five seconds. Special thanks to ex-NASA Flight Dynamics Officer Roger Balettie and others for clarification on some of the technical terms.
An Inside Look at Columbia's Last Minutes (Page 1 of 2)
This transcript shows what happened in mission control during Columbia's reentry on the STS-107 mission. Read the full article
January 29
STS-107This transcript shows what happened in mission control during Columbia's reentry on the STS-107 mission.  Times are approximate to within +/- five seconds. Special thanks to ex-NASA Flight Dynamics Officer Roger Balettie and others for clarification on some of the technical terms.
An Inside Look at Columbia's Last Minutes (Page 2 of 2)
This transcript shows what happened in mission control during Columbia's reentry on the STS-107 mission. Read the full article