|ISS successfully grappled Dragon as of this writing, Courtesy of NASA|
NASA's Maven spacecraft came smoothly into its insertion orbit over Mars recently. If all the equipment checks out, we will soon be learning why, oh why, the "red planet" is also the "dead" or "nearly dead" planet ... and what it means for us. Where did that atmosphere go, when, and most pressingly ... WHY???
SpaceX's Dragon cargo carrier is about to dock with the ISS as of this writing. It is bringing with it a 3-D printer to create spare parts for the station in space. Any chance of getting Robonaut2 to oversee those operations?
Yes, it is busy over at NASA right now. More to come with the December unmanned test launch of the Orion crew capsule destined to take astronauts out beyond the orbit of the moon where no human has gone before ... outside of science fiction!
And that's the five minute response.
It looks like I'll need to once again update this post: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2010/03/progress-in-manned-space-flight.html