After two decades of service, and two space shuttle missions, NASA astronaut Mike Massimino has decided to depart from the space agency and accept a position at New York’s Columbia University. Massimino participated in two missions to repair the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and earned the title of first astronaut to tweet in space, laying […]
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — United Launch Alliance dedicated yesterday’s AFSPC-4 flight to Michael G. Woolley. Known for his calm and highly-professional demeanor and was with ULA since the company’s inception in 2006. Woolley was a walking encyclopedia of spaceflight knowledge and was incredibly passionate about sharing that story. He was always willing to take the time to explain complex concepts […]
Arianespace, on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA ), is planning to send up its fifth, and final, Automated Transfer Vehicle, ATV-5, to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday evening at precisely 8:44:03 p.m. GFT (23:44:03 GMT, 7:44:03 p.m. EDT) from Guiana Space Centre ELA-3 located in Kourou, French Guiana.
The completed launch abort system for Orion’s first launch in December was rotated into a vertical position on July 25, making room in the facility for the scaffolding that will allow it to be stacked on top of Orion’s crew and service modules this fall.
Blogger Rand Simberg has tweeted that during a conversation he had with Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX ) Chief Operating Officer and President Gwynne Shotwell, that the Hawthorne, California-based company will conduct their next landing attempt on a barge. Unconfirmed reports have it that the next few flights of the uprated Falcon 9 v1.1 would fly […]
SpaceFlight Insider reviewed the recently-released University of Nebraska Press’ book Bold They Rise. The latest edition of the Outward Odyssey series, does an about face from the last volume in the line, Wheels Stop. Whereas Wheels Stop detailed the latter half of the space shuttle era (1986-2011) – Bold They Rise covers the missions and […]
A recently-issued audit by the Government Accountability Office or “GAO” detailed how NASA lacks the funding to fly the Space Launch System (SLS ) by its scheduled launch date in December of 2017. This is only the latest delay for the successor to the space shuttle, originally ordered by President George W. Bush to fly no later than […]
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – In a near repeat of the launch attempts of July 24 and 25, severe storms at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37 in Florida caused a scrub for the day to be declared at 7:06 p.m. EDT (2306 GMT). Much as on the two prior attempts, torrential rain, […]
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — For the third day in a row Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA ) was unable to send one of the company’s Delta IV Medium+ 4,2 rockets off of the launch pad and into the sky. As with the July 24 scrub, severe weather was the culprit. A severe thunderstorm developed out of […]
The Government Accountability Office (GAO ) has issued a report saying that NASA has insufficient funds to meet its 2017 test flight of the Space Launch System (SLS), the rocket program designed to replace the space shuttle and send American astronauts beyond low-Earth-orbit for the first time since 1972.
Roscosmos launched the uncrewed Progress M-24M cargo vehicle, to the International Space Station (ISS), today, Wednesday July 23. The supply ship blasted off at 5:44 p.m. EDT (July 24, 3:44 a.m. local time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome located in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz-U carrier rocket.
Recent data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft indicates the ocean inside the large moon, Titan, could be as salty as the Dead Sea here on Earth. Scientists collected gravity and topography data during Cassini’s various flybys of Titan over the past decade and were able to present a model structure of the moon, yielding a better […]
On July 23, 1999 at 12:31 a.m. EDT (0431 GMT), astronaut Eileen Collins became the first female space shuttle commander, leading the STS-93 crew to successfully deploy the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The mission began aboard space shuttle Columbia along with Jeffrey S. Ashby as pilot and Steven A. Hawley, Catherine “Cady” G. Coleman, and Michel […]
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — The day after the U.S. remembered the 45th anniversary of man’s first landing on the Moon. Starting shortly after 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) on Monday, July 21 NASA rededicated the Operations and Checkout Building the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building. Numerous dignitaries within aerospace as well as elected officials, […]
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — NASA has laid the foundation to begin construction on a brand new, multi-story headquarters building at their hub at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, which will be the beginning for major cosmetic changes at the space center. On Thursday, the agency awarded the two-year contract to the Orlando-based Hensel […]