NASA to Award Spacecraft Contract

(CNN) — No more hitch-hiking for American astronauts. They’ll soon have their own ride. NASA is expected to award a contract to both Boeing and SpaceX to take astronauts to the International Space Station. The U.S. has been relying on Russia to transport astronauts since the last space shuttle launch in July 2011. The private … Continue reading »

NASA: US Air Quality Has Improved

(CNN) — Something major has changed for millions of Americans over the last decade, and many of us don’t even know it. The quality of the air we breathe has apparently improved dramatically. New satellite pictures from NASA dial back doom-and-gloom predictions about our air quality. The progression map shows, by at least one measure, … Continue reading »

Spot the International Space Station

EUGENE, Ore. — The International Space Station (ISS) will be visible from western Oregon over the next week and a half. The ISS is orbiting the Earth and will be easily visible with the naked eye. It is the third brightest object in the sky, only behind the moon and the sun. It looks like … Continue reading »

OSU Professor Helps Curiosity Reach Mars

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Curiosity can be a good thing to have and Sunday night Curiosity brought NASA one-step closer to knowing if there really is life on mars. A one ton robotic explorer made a flawless landing into a martian crater. For the next two-years the rover will explore the crater for new clues into … Continue reading »

NASA’s Rover Lands on Mars

PASADENA, Calif. (CNN) —┬áNASA’s $2.6 billion rover, Curiosity, successfully touched down on the surface of Mars early Monday. Mission control in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California burst into cheers when Curiosity landed. The SUV-sized spacecraft made its dramatic arrival on Martian terrain in a spectacle popularly known as the “seven minutes of terror.” ┬áScientists … Continue reading »