Jon Brack

MAVEN Arrives in Martian Orbit

MAVEN has arrived at Mars. After ten months and a 422-million-mile (711 million kilometers) journey, the NASA spacecraft fired its thrusters and dropped into Martian orbit at 9:50 p.m. EDT on Sunday. “NASA now has another healthy orbiter around Mars,” said ...

MAVEN Launches for the Red Planet

When MAVEN fires its thrusters and settles into Martian orbit next September, it will join a celebrity list of spacecraft already studying the red planet. Its launch today from Cape Canaveral, Florida, was a major step toward that goal, one ...

MAVEN Launches for the Red Planet

When MAVEN fires its thrusters and settles into Martian orbit next September, it will join a celebrity list of spacecraft already studying the red planet. Its launch today from Cape Canaveral, Florida, was a major step toward that goal, one ...

Space Shuttle Atlantis Rolls to Retirement

Kennedy Space Center said goodbye to their final departing space shuttle orbiter on Friday, though Atlantis only had to travel 9.8 miles (15.8 km) to her new home just off-site in the process. “It’s bittersweet seeing her go,” said one NASA ...

Inside the Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

  This week, when the space shuttle Endeavour flies from Kennedy Space Center to Los Angeles and its new home at the California Science Center, it also means the retirement of the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) that has been ...

Wheels Stopped, Discovery, Welcome Home

As the space shuttle Discovery towed into the hangar at the Smithsonian’s Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport, only a few members of the public and press remained to see her final motion. Click Here to View in ...

The Story in the Details: Space Shuttle Gigapan

The interior areas of a space shuttle orbiter are remarkably small. A quick tour is all it takes to experience every inch of the living space a group of astronauts would inhabit for up to 17 days in orbit. When prepared ...