Deep Space Exploration

Tropical Storm Arthur Threatens North Carolina's Outer Banks

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has joined NASA in launching a new NASA iTech challenge, a competition inviting the nation’s top entrepreneurs and researchers to showcase their ideas for transformative energy concepts. The challenge seeks to identify innovative technologies that can improve energy generation, storage and distribution to the benefit… Keep reading →

The Nuclear Heart Of Cassini

Space Shuttle Endeavour Makes Last Trip To ISS Under Command Of Astronaut Mark Kelly

After nearly two decades in space and billions of miles traveled, Cassini’s journey is finally over. When the pioneering NASA spacecraft met its end in Saturn’s upper atmosphere the morning of Sept. 15, 2017 (Earth Received Time), burning up in a fireball of silicon and metal, the last components to disintegrate were some of its most essential:… Keep reading →

NASA's Orion Spacecraft Launches Unmanned Test Flight

The first U.S. production in nearly 30 years of a specialized fuel to power future deep space missions has been completed by researchers at the Department of Energy‘s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee. The production of 50 grams of plutonium-238 –roughly the mass of a golf ball – marks the first demonstration in… Keep reading →