September 10, 1988 |
A Soviet spacecraft en route to Mars is now completely out of control because of a command error from the ground, robbing an international team of scientists of a key player in one of the most ambitious programs ever undertaken to study the sun, U.S. scientists have been informed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1989 |
One key scientist has died and several others have retired while waiting for the often-delayed Galileo spacecraft to blast off for Jupiter, but success moved a little closer last week when a probe that will dash through the Jovian atmosphere was packaged for a trip across town. It was a small step perhaps. But for the men and women who have grown gray and weary while waiting for their mission to get off the ground, any progress is to be cherished.
September 16, 2006 |
Northrop Grumman Corp. said Friday that it would not appeal NASA's surprising decision to award a multibillion-dollar contract to rival Lockheed Martin Corp. to build an Apollo-like capsule that would return humans to the moon. Last month, Northrop and teammate Boeing Co. lost the contract, potentially worth $8.1 billion over a dozen years, despite having played a key role in the development of the Apollo program in the 1960s. "We don't plan to protest," Northrop spokesman Brooks McKinney said.
August 17, 2002 |
A NASA spacecraft on a four-year mission to probe the heart of two comets has apparently broken into two pieces, according to astronomers who believe they captured an image of the wounded spacecraft. The $159-million Contour spacecraft had been incommunicado since early Thursday when its solid-propellant rocket motor was scheduled to fire and boost the space probe out of Earth's orbit.
February 18, 2014 |
The Voyager 1 spacecraft is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. Even if defined only by distance, the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory twin Voyagers are America's greatest space adventure. They've been flying successfully for more than 36 years and are billions of miles from home. What isn't widely known is that they almost never made it out there. The first proposed mission in the late 1960s was for four spacecraft to take advantage of a rare alignment of the four outer planets of the solar system; Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune would all be on the same side of the sun. However, in December 1971, NASA decided it couldn't afford the $1-billion price tag for a 12-year "grand tour" mission with four spacecraft.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1989 |
One key scientist has died and several others have retired while waiting for the often-delayed Galileo spacecraft to blast off for Jupiter, but success moved a little closer Tuesday when a probe that will dash through the Jovian atmosphere was packaged for a trip across town. It was a small step perhaps. But for the men and women who have grown gray and weary while waiting for their mission to get off the ground, any progress is to be cherished.
November 18, 1996 |
Russia's most ambitious space probe landed with an ignominious 6.7-ton splash in the South Pacific on Sunday, along with a chunk of the country's battered scientific prestige, after a booster rocket under the Mars-bound craft misfired. Pieces of the plutonium-laden probe crashed into the Pacific "in a broad ocean area west of Chile," according to calculations by the U.S. Space Command's Space Control Center in Cheyenne Mountain, Colo.
August 6, 2007 |
When NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander rocketed into space Saturday, it went, like all missions, with the assurance that as few Earth microbes as possible tagged along for the ride. Hitchhiking microbes could impair the experiments, or worse -- an errant microbe could contaminate the planet. Keeping the spacecraft sterile was the job of an obscure but crucial part of NASA known as the Planetary Protection unit.
July 4, 1997 |
The Pathfinder spacecraft, poised for its historic descent to the Martian surface today, got close enough to the Red Planet to begin to feel its gravitational attraction at 4 a.m. Thursday. "I think it's safe to say we're all [feeling the pull of Mars]," flight system manager Brian Muirhead said. At 11 a.m. Thursday, the heaters turned on to inflate the air bags that will protect the craft when it hits the surface. By 7:45 p.m., the spacecraft was as close to Mars as the moon is to Earth.
March 30, 2011 |
The Messenger spacecraft, which entered orbit around Mercury on March 17, sent its first images of the hot planet's surface back to Earth early Tuesday. The first image, received by the Messenger mission team at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., at 5:20 a.m. Eastern time, captures areas near the planet's southern pole that have never been seen before — areas that could host water in the form of ice. It was soon followed by 363 more images over the next six hours.