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  • TechEdSat


    TechEdSat is an innovative low-cost mission that showcases collaboration across NASA, academia, and industry. A small satellite known as a Cubesat was developed by students from San Jose State University in California with support from NASA Ames using plug-and-play commercially available avionics. TechEdSat was launched from the International Space Station in October 2012 and students are preforming communications experiments using TechEdSat data.

  • Cell Bio Tech Demo Specimen Transfer Tray with the Yeast Transfer Container attached.

    Cell Biology Tech Demo  →

    The goal of the Cell Biology Tech Demo was to demonstrate critical bioculture system-component crew operations aboard the ISS and the ability of hardware components to interface with existing laboratory facilities on orbit. Equipment for the Cell Bio Tech Demo launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., aboard a SpaceX Dragon vehicle on March 1, 2013. The Cell Biology Tech Demo mission duration was 26 days. During the mission, crew aboard the ISS demonstrated critical fluid handling procedures.

  • The Mission Objectives of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) include confirming the presence or absence of water ice in a permanently shadowed crater at the Moon’s South Pole.

    Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS)

    The Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission to look for water on the moon will be a 'secondary payload spacecraft.' LCROSS will begin its trip to the moon on the same rocket as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which will conduct a different lunar task. Launch is scheduled for no earlier than June 17th, 2009 on an Atlas V rocket from Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

  • Lunar Prospector

    Lunar Prospector

    Launched on Jan. 6, 1998, Lunar Prospector mapped the moon’s surface composition and looked for possible deposits of polar ice, measure magnetic and gravity fields, as well as study lunar 'out gassing.' On March 5, 1998, scientists announced that Lunar Prospector's neutron spectrometer instrument had detected hydrogen at both lunar poles, which scientists theorized to be in the form of water ice.

  • Kuiper in flight


    First major airborne astronomical research laboratory celebrating 30 years of flights.

  • Mars Exploration Rover

    Mars Exploration Rovers

    Although the Mars Exploration Rover mission is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, NASA Ames Research Center has played an important role in the areas of science operations, thermal protection, wind tunnel testing, landing site selection, mission support software, human-centered computing and fatigue countermeasures support.

  • Phoenix lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:26 a.m. EDT on Aug. 4, 2007, aboard a Delta II-Heavy rocket. This is how the launch countdown unfolded.

    Phoenix Mars Scout

    In the continuing pursuit of water on Mars, the poles are a good place to probe, as water ice is found there. This mission will send the Phoenix high-latitude lander to Mars, deploy its robotic arm and dig trenches up to 1.6 feet (one half meter) into the layers of water ice.

  • O/OREOS logo

    Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses (O/OREOS)

    NASA’s Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses, or O/OREOS, nanosatellite is about the size of a loaf of bread, weighs approximately 12 pounds and has two experiments that will activate once it reaches low Earth orbit, more than 400 miles above Earth.

  • Illustration of NanoSail-D


    Nanosail-D was a successful nanosatellite deployment of NASA's first-ever solar sail in low Earth orbit. The mission launched in 2010 and spent more than 240 days sailing around the Earth, paving the way for future spacecraft that could be propelled by the sun's rays.

  • PharmaSat


    NASA’s PharmaSat nanosatellite contains a micro-laboratory packed with sensors to detect the health of yeast cells and determine how effectively drugs work in microgravity.

  • GeneSat


    The 11-pound (5-kilogram) GeneSat-1, carrying bacteria inside a miniature laboratory, was launched on Dec. 16, 2006. The very small NASA satellite has proven that scientists can quickly design and launch a new class of inexpensive spacecraft -- and conduct significant science.

  • GeneBox


    A NASA shoebox-size payload, called 'GeneBox,' is now orbiting Earth as a passenger inside Bigelow Corporation's one-third scale, inflatable Genesis I test spacecraft.



    ICESCAPE was a multi-year NASA shipborne project to measure the physical, chemical, and biological changes occurring in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, which are part of the Arctic Ocean. Scientists used state-of-the-art remote sensors in the water, under the ice, and in the atmosphere to collect scientific data. [Summer 2010 and 2011]


    MACPEX  →

    MACPEX was an airborne mission using NASA's WB-57 to study cirrus cloud composition in the Central United States and specifically the Oklahoma region. Detailed flight data was combined with NASA's A-Train satellite observations to evaluate new remote-sensing data capabilities. [Spring 2011]


    SEAC4RS  →

    The SEAC4RS was a deployment to Southeast Asia to study the upper atmosphere's composition, behavior, and chemistry during the monsoon season. [Summer 2012]

  • Pioneer

    The Pioneer Missions

    After more than 30 years, it appears the venerable Pioneer 10 spacecraft has sent its last signal to Earth.

  • Galileo

    Galileo to Jupiter

    Launched in 1989 aboard space shuttle Atlantis, Galileo explored Jupiter and its moons. Upon arrival at Jupiter in December 1995, the Galileo spacecraft delivered a probe that descended into the giant planet's atmosphere. The orbiter completed many flybys of Jupiter's major moons, reaping a variety of science discoveries. The mission ended on Sept. 21, 2003, when the spacecraft plunged into Jupiter's atmosphere.