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Asteroid Impact and Deflection mission – AIDA. Credit: ESA

It is dubbed the Asteroid Impact and Deflection mission – AIDA.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is appealing for research ideas to help guide the development of a U.S.-European asteroid deflection mission now under study.

Concepts are being sought for both ground- and space-based investigations, seeking...

It’s not on commercial television, nor are the teams of high school students ranked weekly by the sports media.

Yet the competition is intense as student teams sponsored by NASA and the European Space Agency and their respective partners compete for the opportunity to have their software algorithms control a trio of brightly colored satellite robots as they float about inside the International Space Station.


NASA’s dual human spaceflight initiatives, the Commercial Crew Program and an effort to develop a new human deep space exploration capability, are jeopardized by uncertainty over future budgets, according to the latest assessment from the agency’s independent Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel.


Artist’s concept of the New Horizons spacecraft as it approaches Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, in July 2015. Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI)

NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has come out of hibernation mode to carry out system checks, as well as receive a new flight software upload and churn...

U. S. private sector astronauts could be launching into Earth orbit for the first time in 2015, ending a domestic human space launch hiatus that began with the retirement of NASA’s space shuttle fleet in mid-2011, participants in the agency’s three- year-old Commercial Crew Program said Wednesday.

In this illustration, Boeing's CST-100 prepares to dock...


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