‘Hidden Figures’ NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson Turns 101

Happy birthday Katherine Johnson!

The renowned NASA mathematician is celebrating her 101st birthday.Johnson is known for calculating the orbital equations for the trajectories of the Friendship 7 missions in 1961 and 1962, according to NASA.

NASA Chief: Mars rovers being launched next summer WILL find life

Dr. Jim Green

Alien life could be discovered in less than two years but the world is ‘not prepared for the results’, NASA’s chief scientist says.

Europe’s ExoMars Rover, which has been named Rosalind in memory of British chemist Rosalind Franklin, will be launched with NASA’s rover Mars 2020 in March.

Your iPhone could handle 120 million moon missions at once

My father worked on an engineering team that designed the housing that held the components for the guidance computer onboard Apollo 11.

Just this morning, I read an article looking back on the 50 years since man first landed on the moon. I read the story on my iPhone, which delivers 100,000 times the processing power of the computer that got Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the lunar surface.

At 82, NASA pioneer Sue Finley still reaching for the stars

Sue Finley began work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the US prepared to launch its first satellite into orbit in 1958, racing to match the Soviet Union, which had accomplished the feat months earlier.

Now 82, she is one of NASA’s longest-serving women, starting out as one of its “human computers,” whose critical yet long-hidden contributions to the space program, including the Apollo missions to the Moon, are finally being recognized.

US detects huge meteor explosion

A huge fireball exploded in the Earth’s atmosphere in December, according to Nasa.

The blast was the second largest of its kind in 30 years, and the biggest since the fireball over Chelyabinsk in Russia six years ago.

But it went largely unnoticed until now because it blew up over the Bering Sea, off Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula.

The space rock exploded with 10 times the energy released by the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

NASA’s Space shuttle rises from the ashes to power new vehicles

IN 2011, THE storied space shuttle flew for the last time. Three spacecraft survive in retirement as specimens in museums around the country. But the program isn’t dead yet: Many of its parts are popping up as zombie components in spacecraft now in development.