The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia

February 1, 2016: One of the most tragic events in the history of space exploration is the loss of the space shuttle Columbia and all seven of its crew on February 1, 2003—a tragedy made worse because it didn’t have to happen. But just as it is human nature to look to the future and wonderContinue reading The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia

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NASA Awards Artemis Contract for Gateway Logistics Services

NASA has selected SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, as the first U.S. commercial provider under the Gateway Logistics Services contract to deliver cargo, experiments and other supplies to the agency’s Gateway in lunar orbit. The award is a significant step forward for NASA’s Artemis program that will land the first woman and next man on the Moon byContinue reading NASA Awards Artemis Contract for Gateway Logistics Services

Welcome Home, Orion: Spacecraft Ready for Final Artemis I Launch Preparations

By Danielle SempsrottNASA’s Kennedy Space Center NASA’s Orion spacecraft for Artemis I returned to the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 25 after engineers put it through the rigors of environmental testing at NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Ohio. At Kennedy, the spacecraft will undergo final processing and preparations prior to launching on the first in a series ofContinue reading Welcome Home, Orion: Spacecraft Ready for Final Artemis I Launch Preparations

10.9 Million Names Now Aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover

NASA’s “Send Your Name to Mars” campaign invited people around the world to submit their names to ride aboard the agency’s next rover to the Red Planet. Some 10,932,295 people did just that. The names were stenciled by electron beam onto three fingernail-sized silicon chips, along with the essays of the 155 finalists in NASA’s “NameContinue reading 10.9 Million Names Now Aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover

Photos: ULA launches Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral

 Buy Photo Email Twitter Facebook ShareUnited Launch Alliance launched its Atlas V rocket with the Air Force’s sixth and final Advanced Extremely High Frequency, or AEHF-6, satellite March 26, 2020, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 41. The satellite aims to provide highly-secure, jam-proof communications, which includes real-time video between U.S. national leadership and deployed military forces.Continue reading Photos: ULA launches Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral

Moon Thrusters Withstand Over 60 Hot-Fire Tests

Future Artemis lunar landers could use next-generation thrusters, the small rocket engines used to make alterations in a spacecraft’s flight path or altitude, to enter lunar orbit and descend to the surface. Before the engines make the trip to the Moon, helping deliver new science instruments and technology demonstrations, they’re being tested here on Earth. NASA and FrontierContinue reading Moon Thrusters Withstand Over 60 Hot-Fire Tests

Revisiting Decades-Old Voyager 2 Data, Scientists Find One More Secret

Voyager 2 took this image as it approached the planet Uranus on Jan. 14, 1986. The planet’s hazy bluish color is due to the methane in its atmosphere, which absorbs red wavelengths of light.Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech Over the next few hours, Voyager 2 flew within 50,600 miles (81,433 kilometers) of Uranus’ cloud tops, collecting data that revealed twoContinue reading Revisiting Decades-Old Voyager 2 Data, Scientists Find One More Secret

Military officials committed to keeping Cape Canaveral open for launches

The military-run Eastern Range at Cape Canaveral remains ready to support upcoming launches — including an Atlas 5 flight Thursday — amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Tuesday. The next launch scheduled from Cape Canaveral is set to take off Thursday, when a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket carries a U.S. Space Force communicationsContinue reading Military officials committed to keeping Cape Canaveral open for launches

Astronauts to offer inspiration during isolation in #SpaceConnectsUs

ESA / Newsroom In Europe and around the world, we’ve been getting used to a different way of living in recent weeks. On Thursday, 26 March, ESA and long-time partner Asteroid Day will host #SpaceConnectsUs – a chance to connect across borders and hear from space explorers, artists, and scientists about how to manage ourselves and ourContinue reading Astronauts to offer inspiration during isolation in #SpaceConnectsUs

Astra suffers “anomaly” during pre-launch test in Alaska

A small satellite launcher built by Astra “experienced an anomaly” Monday on a launch pad at Kodiak Island, Alaska, forcing the cancellation of a planned orbital launch attempt this week, according to the company’s co-founder and CEO. The incident at the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Kodiak Island occurred during a pre-launch countdown dress rehearsal, andContinue reading Astra suffers “anomaly” during pre-launch test in Alaska