At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40

September 20, 2014

NASA Launches RapidScat Wind Watcher to Space Station

A NASA mission to boost global monitoring of ocean winds for improved weather forecasting and climate studies is now breezing its way to the International Space Station.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad at Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

September 20, 2014

NASA's ISS-RapidScat is Headed Into Space!

The SpaceX Dragon capsule carrying the ISS-RapidScat mission has separated from the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, and the Dragon capsule is in its final preliminary orbit. Berthing with the space station is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 23.

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ISS-RapidScat will have a close-up view of ocean winds from its perch

September 18, 2014

Five Things About NASA's ISS-RapidScat

Five rapid facts about NASA's RapidScat mission to monitor ocean winds, scheduled for launch to the International Space Station on Saturday, Sept. 20.

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NASA's MAVEN spacecraft

September 17, 2014

NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after a 10-month interplanetary journey.

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Artist concept of NASA's Dawn spacecraft orbiting Ceres during an upcoming flyby.

September 16, 2014

Dawn Operating Normally After Safe Mode Triggered

The Dawn spacecraft has resumed normal ion thrusting after the thrusting unexpectedly stopped and the spacecraft entered safe mode on September 11.

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Flights are underway from Fairbanks, Alaska, with NASA's C-130 Hercules aircraft

September 16, 2014

NASA Air Campaigns Focus on Arctic Climate Impacts

As the region's summer comes to a close, NASA is hard at work studying how rising temperatures are affecting the Arctic.

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Powerful, Pulsating Core of Star

September 16, 2014

Pulse of a Dead Star Powers Intense Gamma Rays

When the most massive stars explode as supernovas, they don't fade into the night, but sometimes glow ferociously with high-energy gamma rays.

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Image depicts the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

September 15, 2014

'J' Marks the Spot for Rosetta's Lander

The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission has chosen the primary and backup cometary landing sites for its November landing attempt.

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Artist's rendering of NASA's ISS-RapidScat instrument (inset)

September 12, 2014

NASA's Wind-Watching ISS-RapidScat Ready for Launch

The fourth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station, carrying the JPL-built ISS-RapidScat instrument, is scheduled to launch Sept. 20.

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Distinct Terrains on Rosetta's Comet

September 11, 2014

First Map of Rosetta's Comet

Scientists on the Rosetta mission have mapped several distinctive regions on the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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