NASA Launches Groundbreaking Soil Moisture Mapping Satellite - Sat, 31 Jan 2015 12:00:00 EDT

NASA successfully launched its first Earth satellite designed to collect global observations of the vital soil moisture hidden just beneath our feet. The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory, a mission with broad applications for science and society, lifted off at 6:22 a.m. PST (9:22 a.m. EST) Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket.

Launch of NASA Soil Moisture Mapping Mission Set for Saturday - Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:00:00 EDT

NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive mission (SMAP) now is scheduled to launch from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California at 9:20 a.m. EST (6:20 a.m. PST) Saturday, Jan. 31 on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. NASA Television coverage of the launch will begin at 7 a.m.

Astronauts Speak with University of California Students from Space Station - Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:00:00 EDT

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering students at the University of California, Davis will have a rare opportunity to speak with Expedition 42 crew members currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS) at 12:45 p.m. EST (9:45 a.m. PST) Thursday, Feb. 5. The 20-minute Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

NASA TV Coverage Set for NOAA DSCOVR Launch Feb. 8 - Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:00:00 EDT

The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) is scheduled to launch at 6:10 p.m. EST Sunday, Feb. 8 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. A backup launch opportunity is available at 6:07 p.m. on Feb. 9, if needed.

NASA Invites Media, Social Media to Major Space Launch System Booster Test - Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:00:00 EDT

Media and social media followers are invited to watch as NASA tests the largest, most powerful booster ever built March 11 at ATK Aerospace System's test facility in Promontory, Utah. The booster will power NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), which will be used to help send humans to deep space destinations including an asteroid and Mars.

UPDATE -- NASA Hosts Media, Social Media for “State of NASA” Events at Agency Centers - Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:00:00 EDT

NASA centers across the country are opening their doors Monday, Feb. 2 to media and social media for “State of NASA” events, unique opportunities for a behind-the-scenes look at the agency’s work on its journey to Mars.

NASA TV Coverage Reset for Launch of Newest Earth-Observing Mission - Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:00:00 EDT

NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive mission (SMAP) launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, now is scheduled for 9:20 a.m. EST (6:20 a.m. PST) Friday, Jan. 30, with a three-minute launch window. The launch of the United Launch Alliance/Delta II rocket was scrubbed Thursday due to a violation of upper-level wind constraints. Launch managers have initiated a 24-hour recycle. The weather forecast for this launch window shows a 90 percent chance of favorable conditions.

NASA Hosts Media, Social Media for “State of NASA” Events at Agency Centers - Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:00:00 EDT

NASA centers across the country are opening their doors Monday, Feb. 2 to media and social media for “State of NASA” events, unique opportunities for a behind-the-scenes look at the agency’s work on its journey to Mars. These events follow the president’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal delivery to Congress.

NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases 2014 Annual Report - Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:00:00 EDT

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress, has issued its 2014 annual report examining NASA's safety performance over the past year and highlighting accomplishments, issues and concerns to agency and government officials.

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Captures Best-Ever View of Dwarf Planet - Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:00:00 EDT

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres. The images were taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on Jan. 25, and represent a new milestone for a spacecraft that soon will become the first human-made probe to visit a dwarf planet.