Nancy Atkinson

About Nancy Atkinson

Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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DARPA’s Experimental Space Plane XS-1 Starts Development

by Nancy Atkinson July 15, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking to develop a fully-reusable unmanned spaceplane, and they are now ready to start working their proposed Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1). The agency has put together a “special forces” of sorts in the space […]

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Video: A Bright Orange Moon Watches Bastille Day Fireworks from Above

by Nancy Atkinson July 15, 2014

Who had the best view of the Bastille Day fireworks last night? From this lovely video from astrophotographer Thierry Legault, it appears the low-hanging, bright waning Moon may have had the preferred vantage point to watch the fine pyrotechnics from the Eiffel Tower. But Thierry had a pretty good view, as well! He told us […]

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SpaceX Launches Six Commercial Satellites on Falcon 9; Landing Test Ends in “Kaboom”

by Nancy Atkinson July 14, 2014

SpaceX successfully launched six ORBCOMM advanced telecommunications satellites into orbit on Monday, July 14, to significantly upgrade the speed and capacity of their existing data relay network. The launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida had been delayed or scrubbed several times since the original launch date in May due to varying problems […]

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Your Weekend ‘SuperMoon’ Photos from Around the World

by Nancy Atkinson July 14, 2014

Did you hear there was something special about the full Moon this weekend… that it would be, well… really super? I heard about it on every newscast I watched or listened to. Even xkcd got into the ‘Supermoon’ craze. The July “Buck” Moon was the first of three Supermoons on tap for 2014, where the […]

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Timelapse: Watch the Antares Rocket Go Vertical on the Launch Pad

by Nancy Atkinson July 11, 2014

Now standing at attention, ready for duty! At about 3:30 p.m. on July 10, Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket was raised to its vertical position at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Launch Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Antares is carrying the Cygnus spacecraft loaded with 3,293 pounds (1,494 kg) of supplies for the […]

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