NASA postpones launch of Glory mission

WASHINGTON — The launch of NASA’s Glory spacecraft from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California has been postponed at least 24 hours.
During the final 15 minutes before Wednesday’s scheduled launch of 5:09 a.m. EST, the vehicle interface control …

Catching space weather in the act

Close to the globe, Earth’s magnetic field wraps around the planet like a gigantic spherical web, curving in to touch Earth at the poles. But this isn’t true as you get further from the planet. As you move to the high altitudes where satellites …

NASA’s NPP satellite undergoing flight environmental testing

GREENBELT, Md. — The NASA National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) climate/weather satellite is undergoing flight environmental testing at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp’s production …

Tool makes search for Martian life easier

RICHLAND, Wash. — Finding life on Mars could get easier with a creative adaption to a common analytical tool that can be installed directly on the robotic arm of a space rover.
In a recent paper published online in the journal Planetary and S…

Surprise hidden in Titan’s smog: Cirrus-like clouds

Every day is a bad-air day on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Blanketed by haze far worse than any smog belched out in Los Angeles, Beijing or even Sherlock Holmes’s London, the moon looks like a dirty orange ball. Described once as crude oil wi…

GOES-13 Satellite sees Groundhog’s Day on ice

Punxsutawney Phil predicted that spring will come on time, and NASA satellite data suggests that residents in more than one-third of the U.S. are now anxious for the prediction to come true.
A massive winter storm touched 30 states over the…

Cyclone Wilma’s eye catches attention of NASA satellites

Wilma caught the eye of NASA. NASA’s Aqua satellite captured visible and infrared images of Cyclone Wilma in the Southwestern Pacific Ocean and her eye was clearly visible from space.
On January 25 at 00:59 UTC (8:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 24), the A…

NASA prepares to launch next Earth-observing satellite mission

WASHINGTON — NASA’s newest Earth-observing research mission is nearing launch. The Glory mission will improve our understanding of how the sun and tiny atmospheric particles called aerosols affect Earth’s climate. Glory also will extend a leg…