American space historian Andrew Chaikin recently said that the U.S. Congress should not be designing rockets, but should just let NASA do it. In other words, who has the better rocket scientists? NASA or Congress?
With Obama and Congress still unsure about how NASA should proceed with its manned space program, NASA continues with privately funded companies as a way to transport cargo and astronauts back and forth into space. As of April 2010, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is preparing for its maiden launch from Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 30.
The design of the new NASA rocket that will take astronauts out beyond low-Earth orbit has been selected by the U.S. agency. It’s a whopper, eventually being the most powerful rocket ever built. NASA calls the entire program the Space Launch System.
The U.S. space agency NASA announced that it has launched its own network on SlideShare.net called “The NASA Universe”. NASA says: "What a treasure trove of information for researchers, students, and the general public!"
NASA has signed an agreement with Alliant Techsystems (ATK) to develop the Liberty Launch System as part of the NASA’s plans to help commercial (private) companies provide ferry services to and from low-Earth orbit, such as the International Space Station.
The NASA probe Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) took images of the Sun. And, these images were processed by scientists at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Some people think an object in the video appears to look like a UFO spaceship refueling, but NASA says otherwise.
A triangular object seen in video taken by the NASA STEREO probe appears to show an alien object heading toward Earth. NASA scientists analyzed the images and have other, more rational, thoughts on the origin of this strange-looking space object.
The U.S. space agency NASA announced on June 13, 2011, that it is ready to test its new upper stage rocket that will propel the United States past low-Earth orbit and toward the planets of our Solar System.