NASA Commercial Crew Partners Complete 23 Milestones in 2014, Look Ahead to 2015 - Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EDT

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and the agency’s industry partners completed 23 agreement and contract milestones in 2014 and participated in thousands of hours of technical review sessions. The sessions focused on creating a new generation of safe, reliable and cost-effective crew space transportation systems to low-Earth orbit destinations.

Video Gives Astronaut’s-Eye View Inside NASA’s Orion Spacecraft - Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EDT

New video recorded during the return of NASA’s Orion through Earth’s atmosphere this month provides a taste of the intense conditions the spacecraft and the astronauts it carries will endure when they return from deep space destinations on the journey to Mars.

SpaceX Completes First Milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation System - Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EDT

NASA has approved the completion of SpaceX’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station (ISS) from U.S. soil under a Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract with the agency.

NASA, Planetary Scientists Find Meteoritic Evidence of Mars Water Reservoir - Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EDT

NASA and an international team of planetary scientists have found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or ice near its surface.

NASA, SpaceX Update Launch of Fifth SpaceX Resupply Mission to Space Station - Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EDT

NASA and SpaceX announced today the launch of SpaceX's fifth commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station now will occur no earlier than Tuesday, Jan. 6.

NASA’s Orion Arrives Back at Kennedy, Media Invited to View Spacecraft - Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EDT

After traveling more than 3,600 miles above Earth and 600 miles over sea, NASA’s Orion spacecraft completed the final leg of its journey by land Thursday, arriving home at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Media representatives are invited to attend an event at 10:30 a.m. EDT Friday, Dec. 19, marking the arrival.

NASA’s Kepler Reborn, Makes First Exoplanet Find of New Mission - Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EDT

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using its new mission -- K2.

NASA to Discuss Today Asteroid Redirect Mission Capture Concept, Next Step in Journey to Mars - Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EDT

NASA will host a media teleconference at 4 p.m. EST today during which agency officials will discuss and answer questions on the selection of an Asteroid Redirect Mission concept.

NASA Rover Finds Active, Ancient Organic Chemistry on Mars - Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EDT

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory’s drill.

NASA Analysis: 11 Trillion Gallons to Replenish California Drought Losses - Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EDT

It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) -- around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir -- to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.