KSC Visitor Complex, U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame mark 25 years with new ‘Heroes and Legends’ facility

Officials from NASA, Delaware North and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame conducted a ceremonial groundbreaking on May 29, 2015 for the new 'Heroes and Legends' center at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / SpaceFlight Insider

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame made a special announcement as well as conducted a groundbreaking ceremony at the Visitor Complex’s ‘Rocket Garden’ today, Friday, May 29. With an introduction provided by former CNN correspondent John Zarrella, the two organizations revealed that the […]

NASA’s WISE detects universe’s most luminous galaxy

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NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE ) has recently discovered a remote galaxy so luminous, it shines with the light of 300 trillion suns. This galaxy easily wins the title of most luminous in the ‘verse, and is the latest specimen in a relatively new class of galaxy called Extremely Luminous Infrared Galaxies, or ELIRG for […]

NASA’s InSight spacecraft completes major milestones on the road to launch

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Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMCO ) has completed the assembly of NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight ) Mars lander. The craft has finished its construction phase by Lockheed Martin and will now undergo required checks to ensure that the mission successfully joins the other NASA craft above and on the surface of the […]

Latest LORRI images of Pluto show increased contrast and detail

Updated images of Pluto as seen on Spaceflight Insider

Images of Pluto taken by the New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Orbiter (LORRI) camera in mid-May show a level of contrast and complexity significantly beyond those taken only a month ago. As part of the mission’s ongoing process of transforming a point of light into a planet, the New Horizons team released a new set of […]

Boeing’s CST-100 approved for its first commercial crewed flight to ISS – UPDATE

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NASA has approved Boeing’s CST-100 to carry out its first crewed flight to the International Space Station. Under the $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract NASA has awarded to Boeing, the company is required to ferry crews to and from the orbiting laboratory, something that the United States has been incapable of doing since the […]

New project aims to establish a human colony on Mars

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MarsPolar, a newly-started international venture, is setting its sights on the Red Planet. The project consists of specialists from Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, the U.S., and Ukraine, and is working to establish a human settlement on Mars’ polar region. This area of the planet has abundant quantities of water ice. With water an essential resource […]

NASA moves PMM to make room for CCP spacecraft

Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) alongside Progress/Soyuz. Photo Credit: NASA

With plans to have privately-produced spacecraft ferry crews to the International Space Station (ISS) picking up speed, NASA re-positioned the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) from the Unity Module (Node 1) on the orbiting laboratory to the port side of the Tranquility Module (Node 3). The transfer was completed at 9:08 a.m. EDT (13:08 GMT) and utilized […]

Ariane 5 rocket successfully launches DirecTV-15 and Sky Mexico-1 communications satellites

Ariane 5 rocket launches DirecTV-15 and Sky Mexico-1 communications satellites on May 27

An Ariane 5 rocket successfully launched two communications satellites on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 6:16 p.m. local time (5:16 p.m. EST) from Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA 3) at the Spaceport located in Kourou, French Guiana. This marked the 223rd Arianespace mission to date and was designated Ariane Flight VA223. The booster delivered […]

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 breaks EELV monopoly

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It has been a long time coming for Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) — but that day has arrived. The company’s highly-successful Falcon 9 booster has been approved to actively compete under the United States Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program. 

NASA’s LDSD ‘UFO’ readied for its second flight

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NASA’s ‘UFO’ flying saucer – which has the more-official name of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator or “LDSD” – is being readied for its second test flight from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) located in Kauai, Hawaii. If everything continues to go as planned, NASA will send the odd-looking craft aloft via a balloon […]

‘Old deficiency’ in engine design caused Proton-M crash, says Russian deputy PM

Proton-M waiting on the pad with MexSat-1, before the launch that ended in failure. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

According to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, the Proton-M rocket crash on May 16 was caused by a long-standing flaw in the design of the engines.

Our SpaceFlight Heritage: A life of exploration and discovery – Remembering Sally Ride

Astronaut Sally Ride in the cockpit of a T-38 trainer jet. NASA photo posted on SpaceFlight Insider

Today, May 26, 2015, would have been U.S. astronaut Sally Ride’s 64th birthday. Although Ride is mainly known for her tenure as an astronaut, Ride was much more than just the first U.S. woman to venture into the blackness of space. Her legacy is something that we at SpaceFlight Insider wanted to provide a review […]

What would it be like to ride Dragon? SpaceX video gives first-person perspective

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) has released video from the May 6, 2015, Pad Abort Test of the crewed version of the highly-successful Dragon spacecraft. During the roughly two-minute video, one is given a first-hand perspective of what it would have been like to be an astronaut flying on the craft as it […]

Inside KSC: NASA’s historic VAB set for new era of human spaceflight

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — With their new super heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS ) booster set to take to the skies as soon as 2018, engineers are busy refurbishing the Vehicle Assembly Building for use with this new huge booster. Perhaps one of NASA’s more iconic structures, the VAB has been around since the late 1960s – […]

Arianespace set to launch DirecTV-15 and Sky Mexico-1 communications satellites

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Arianespace is ready to launch two communications satellites into orbit on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, from Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA 3) at the Spaceport located in Kourou, French Guiana. The flight is currently scheduled to take place between 6:16 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. local time (5:16 p.m. – 6:40 p.m. EST).

Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Carpenter’s run – the flight of Aurora 7

Mercury 7 astronaut Scott Carpenter NASA photo posted on SpaceFlight Insider

On this date in spaceflight History – May 24, 1962 – another milestone in the U.S. space program took to the skies. M. (Malcolm) Scott Carpenter, one of NASA’s original Mercury 7 astronauts, lifted off at  7:45 a.m. EST (1145 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 14. Carpenter’s flight, while only lasting for four […]

Launch of U.S. Air Force’s X-37B on AFSPC-5 mission in pictures

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — It was one of those missions that, in the beginning, did not seem like it would be a challenging for our team to cover. That perception turned out to be inaccurate with Cape Canaveral Air Force Station being placed under a heightened condition of alert prior to the launch. This was due to […]

Space Florida and Paradise advertising announce ‘WeAreGoFL’ space tourism effort

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It is a question that, since the end of the Space Shuttle Program, is heard all too frequently: “So, what do you do now that they aren’t launching rockets anymore?” Even individuals who live along Florida’s Space Coast pose the question. How do you politely tell them that Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is the […]

Japan planning to upgrade HTV cargo spacecraft

HTV-4 spacecraft being grappled by the SSRMS (Space Station Remote Manipulator System) attached to the ISS. Photo Credit: NASA/JAXA

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or “JAXA”, wants to upgrade its homegrown H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV ), also known as Kounotori, an automated cargo spacecraft used to resupply the International Space Station (ISS). On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the country’s Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry unveiled the plan to improve the HTV craft at […]

SpaceX Dragon leaves ISS, splashes down in the Pacific Ocean

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SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft departed the International Space Station (ISS) at 7:04 a.m. EDT Thursday and successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m. The Dragon Spacecraft returned to Earth with nearly 3,100 pounds (≈1,400 kg) of NASA cargo, including specimens from research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect bone health and the aging […]