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News Archive / Author: Christopher Paul

Christopher Paul has had a lifelong interest in spaceflight. He began writing about his interest in the Florida Tech Crimson. His primary areas of interest are in historical space systems and present and past planetary exploration missions. He lives in Kissimmee, Florida, and also enjoys cooking and photography. Paul saw his first Space Shuttle launch in 2005 when he moved to central Florida to attend classes at the Florida Institute of Technology, studying space science, and has closely followed the space program since. Paul is especially interested in the renewed effort to land crewed missions on the Moon and to establish a permanent human presence there. He has covered several launches from NASA's Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral for space blogs before joining SpaceFlight Insider in mid-2017.

Articles By Christopher Paul

  • Parker Solar Probe Arrives in Florida

    April 13th, 2018

    NASA's Parker Solar Probe has been delivered to an Astrotech Space Operations-owned facility in Titusville, Florida, to begin final preparations before its launch this summer, the U.S. space agency said.

  • GSLV rocket carries new Indian communications satellite to orbit

    March 29th, 2018

    A Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has sent the GSAT-6A communications and technology demonstrator satellite into orbit. Liftoff occurred at 7:26 a.m. EDT (11:26 GMT) March 29, 2018.

  • GSAT-6A to launch on Indian GSLV

    March 28th, 2018

    An Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) will loft a geostationary-orbit-bound communications satellite called GSAT-6A at 7:26 a.m. EDT (11:26 GMT) March 29, 2018, from the Satish Dawn Space Center's Second Launch Pad.

  • NASA telescopes discover water-rich exoplanet atmosphere

    March 4th, 2018

    Scientists using NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes in concert have examined the elemental composition of a distant exoplanet's atmosphere in the highest detail yet. The planet, designated WASP-39b, is about the same mass as Saturn, but has three times as much water, according to NASA.

  • A chunk of Mars might soon return home

    February 15th, 2018

    A piece of a meteorite called Sayh al Uhaymir 008 (SaU008) is being prepared to be carried on board NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission, now being built at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. This chunk will serve as target practice for a high-precision laser on the rover's arm.

  • Japanese Epsilon rocket sends ASNARO-2 radar satellite to orbit

    January 17th, 2018

    A Japanese Epsilon rocket successfully delivered the ASNARO-2 radar Earth observation satellite to orbit this afternoon. The Epsilon rocket launched from Uchinoura Space Center at (6:00 to 6:35 a.m.) Japan Standard Time, or (4:00 to 4:35 p.m.) Eastern Standard Time.

  • Lockheed Martin completes main assembly of Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1

    December 20th, 2017

    Lockheed Martin has completed the primary assembly of the Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1 communications satellite, based on the modernized LM 2100 series spacecraft, and has shipped the satellite to its environmental testing facility in Sunnyvale, California.

  • Boeing, CASIS award half million dollars for space station research

    November 20th, 2017

    Boeing and the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) awarded $500,000 to three microgravity experiments to be performed aboard the International Space Station. Three startups – Cellino Biotech, Guardian Technologies, and MakerHealth – are receiving the money. The startup accelerator firm MassChallenge is awarding the money.

  • NASA chooses instrument for international mission to Martian moons

    November 20th, 2017

    NASA has selected a payload to fly on the Japanese mission to the moons of Mars. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plans to launch its MMX mission to the Martian moons in 2024 and has invited NASA to participate by flying an instrument aboard the probe.

  • NASA Goddard set to celebrate 50th anniversary of Apollo 4

    October 23rd, 2017

    The NARHAMS model rocket club will join with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first launch of the Saturn V rocket. On November 5, 2017, the two organizations will meet at NASA's Goddard Visitor Center to commemorate the first Saturn V launch, the flight of Apollo 4, which took place on November 9, 1967.

  • Parker Solar Probe approved for environmental testing

    October 18th, 2017

    The Parker Solar Probe, formerly called Solar Probe Plus, has been certified ready for environmental testing. This means that engineers have inspected the spacecraft and have decided it is ready to be subjected to simulations of the conditions it will face during its launch and operations in space.

  • Parker Solar Probe gets its sunshield

    October 3rd, 2017

    The Parker Solar Probe (formerly named the Solar Probe Plus) had its revolutionary solar heat shield installed on September 21, 2017, at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. The Parker Solar Probe will be launched on a Delta IV Heavy from Cape Canaveral on a mission that will take it closer to the Sun than any spacecraft in history.

  • Nearly 3-mile wide asteroid to pass close by Earth Sept. 1

    August 29th, 2017

    A large rock will fly past Earth on Sept. 1, 2017, at a distance of 4.4 million miles (7 million kilometers). Asteroid 3122 Florence, named after modern nursing founder Florence Nightingale, is the largest object to make a close-encounter since NASA began tracking near-Earth objects (NEO) in the 1990s.

  • Atlas V launches TDRS-M data relay satellite for NASA

    August 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket roared off the pad with NASA's newest communications spacecraft, the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite M (TDRS-M). Liftoff took place at 8:29 a.m. EDT (12:29 GMT) Aug. 18, 2017.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Curiosity’s fifth year on Mars marked by celebration – and song

    August 7th, 2017

    NASA’s Curiosity rover celebrated 5 (Earth) years on Mars on Saturday, August 6. After launching on a ULA Atlas V 541 rocket on Nov. 26, 2011, and then cruising through interplanetary space for nine months, the rover descended through the Red Planet's atmosphere to the surface via its Skycrane system. Curiosity landed on Mars at 05:17 UTC (1:17 a.m. EDT) on Aug. 6, 2012.