Today, astronomers working with the Kepler Space Telescope announced the discovery of the first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting within the habitable zone of its host star. A star’s habitable zone is the area around a star where the conditions would be ideal for liquid water to pool on the planet’s surface. Many factors contribute to a […]
Egypt’s second “spy” satellite was successfully launched today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome located in Kazakhstan using a Russian Soyuz-U rocket with no upper stage. Launch from complex 31 – The second Soyuz launch pad at Baikonur – was right on time at 16:20 GMT. First and second stage of the Soyuz rocket all worked fine and the “Progress type” […]
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) have announced that they will attempt to launch the Falcon 9 v1.1 with its payload of a Dragon spacecraft carrying more than 4,500 lbs of supplies to the International Space Station on Friday, April 18 at 3:25 p.m. EDT (1925 GMT). This will mark at […]
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – On Monday, April 14, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) signed a 20 year lease agreement with NASA for the use of its Pad “A” located at Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC) Launch Complex 39 (LC-39A), the pad from which all Apollo Moon landing missions, and many space shuttle missions, departed the planet.
NASA’s Orion spacecraft has completed critical testing of its integrated systems in preparation for its first test flight later this year. The flight test, designated Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) will launch the spacecraft more that 3,600 miles from Earth where it will complete two orbits before making a high-energy re-entry at 20,000 miles per hour.
It may sound like something from a movie but it’s not – NASA is working on building its own version of a “flying saucer” for a future mission to Mars. The disk-shaped spacecraft would be used to transport heavy payloads and even people down to the surface, it was just reported in New Scientist.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Exploration Technologies hopes that they could conduct the third flight under the $1.6 billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract that the company has with NASA were dashed by a helium leak in the Falcon 9 v1.1′s first stage. The technical issue forced a scrubbed to be called just shy of […]
On this day in 1972, NASA Administrator, Dr. James C. Fletcher, announced that the Kennedy Space Center serve as a space shuttle launch and landing site. Its official name became “Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility.”
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – On Sunday afternoon, in the lead up to Monday’s anticipated SpaceX launch, NASA held a news briefing to shed some light on a few of the science payloads being flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on the CRS-3 mission.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has, after a number of delays, one of the company’s Falcon 9 v1.1 boosters ready to carry out the Commercial Resupply 3 (CRS-3) mission. Launch is currently slated to take place from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Florida at 4:58 p.m. EDT (2058 […]
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder of a stubby, ungainly and fragile little spacecraft and became the first human being to set foot on another world. As he stepped cautiously into the lunar dust, he spoke the immortal words, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” Forty-five […]
As NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity passes the one decade mark on the Red Planet, Dr. James Rice, a scientist working with the rovers looked back on 10 years of achievements and a future filled with possibilities. Rice detailed how the robot has survived adversity, persevered – and astonished.
NASA’s Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) was given the green light to begin construction on Wednesday, April 9. The Mission Critical Design Review (CDR) that provided the go-ahead was held at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Littleton, Colo., April 1-9 through an independent review board consisting of aerospace experts.
On this day in 1981, Space Shuttle Columbia stood on launch Pad 39A, two astronauts sat strapped into their seats on the flight deck preparing its maiden launch of the program – STS-1.
On this day in 1961, a Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, became the first person in space. Gagarin made a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft. The date of April 12 was already a huge day in terms of space history because of this. Some twenty years later, this date would be underlined in terms of […]
With just a little less than a month to go before Orbital Sciences Corporation’s ORB-2 resupply mission takes to the skies, the launch may still be pushed back due to delays with SpaceX’s own resupply mission. Although Orbital’s Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft have the green light to proceed, the May 6 scheduled launch date […]
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is preparing to launch one of the company’s upgraded Falcon 9 rockets. This particular F9 will launch a Dragon spacecraft, filled with approximately 4,600 lbs of supplies to the International Space Station. The Falcon will fly in the v1.1 configuration (that’s rocket scientist speak for a version […]
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope are now able to measure the distances to stars and other objects more accurately than ever before, it was announced yesterday by the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). Basically, Hubble can now make highly accurate measurements of the distances to stars 10 times farther away than it was able to before. How […]
On this day in 1986, Halley’s Comet made its closest approach to Earth. Several spacecraft were able to capture images of this spectacular moment. Giotto, with European Space Agency, took up close photographs of Halley’s nucleus, showing it to be a mixture of frozen water, other volatile ices, and rocky particles. Comet Halley was discovered in […]
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched an Atlas V 541 rocket carrying the NROL-67 payload from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41 on Thursday April 10 at 1:45 p.m. NROL-67 is a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the government department in charge of the nations […]