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  • Soyuz MS-07 crew back on Earth after 168 days in orbit.

    Derek RichardsonJune 3rd, 2018

    Three members of the International Space Station's Expedition 54/55 crew returned to Earth inside the Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft after having spent 168 days in orbit performing hundreds of science experiments and upgrading equipment outside the outpost.

  • Pluto’s surface may have dunes of methane ice

    Laurel KornfeldJune 2nd, 2018

    A new study of Pluto surface images captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft suggests the dwarf planet has dunes likely composed of methane ice.

  • Dawn will enter lowest ever orbit around Ceres

    Laurel KornfeldJune 2nd, 2018

    NASA's Dawn spacecraft has begun maneuvers that should bring it to its lowest and final orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres.

  • SpaceFlight Insider heading to Kazakhstan for Soyuz MS-09 launch coverage

    Derek RichardsonJune 1st, 2018

    Next week, three fresh crew members are set to launch to the International Space Station for a six-month stay as members of the Expedition 56/57 crews. A member the SpaceFlight Insider team is expected to be present in Kazakhstan to cover these events.

  • KBO could be evidence for a giant planet in the outer solar system

    Laurel KornfeldMay 31st, 2018

    The discovery of a distant Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) with an extremely eccentric orbit could be evidence that a giant planet is waiting to be discovered in the outer solar system.

  • NASA awards WFIRST contract to Ball Aerospace

    Joe LatrellMay 30th, 2018

    The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is starting to become a reality as NASA begins awarding contracts for the construction of key components. Ball Aerospace recently received one of these contracts for the projected $3.2-billion project.

  • 2 new JPSS spacecraft to be produced under NASA’s Rapid III contract

    Jason RhianMay 26th, 2018

    Two additional Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) spacecraft are now set to be constructed by Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

  • “Pale Blue Dot” imaged by MarCO CubeSat

    Paul KnightlyMay 25th, 2018

    Reminiscent of the famous Voyager 1 “Pale Blue Dot” photo, an image returned by one of NASA’s Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats on May 9, 2018, shows a distant Earth and Moon as it speeds off toward the Red Planet.

  • Coolant problems found on GOES 17 satellite

    Jason RhianMay 24th, 2018

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has found a performance problem with an instrument's cooling system on the GOES-17 spacecraft. The satellite was launched March 1, 2018, atop an Atlas V 541 rocket.

  • OA-9 Cygnus cargo ship arrives at ISS

    Derek RichardsonMay 24th, 2018

    Orbital ATK’s OA-9 Cygnus cargo spacecraft rendezvoused with the International Space Station May 24, 2018, after a three-day chase of the orbiting outpost following a successful launch atop an Antares rocket.

  • Correction maneuver puts NASA’s InSight lander on path to Mars

    Laurel KornfeldMay 24th, 2018

    The first and largest of six planned course correction maneuvers directing NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport (InSight) lander to Mars was successfully completed Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

  • NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover tests new drilling method

    Jim SharkeyMay 23rd, 2018

    NASA's Curiosity Mars rover may soon be back to drilling rocks on the Red Planet. Engineers with the rover team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have been working for the past year to restore the rover's full drilling capabilities, which were hampered by a mechanical problem in 2016.

  • Test photo taken as TESS performs lunar flyby

    Joe LatrellMay 22nd, 2018

    NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) took an image using one of the four cameras on board the spacecraft. The image is a two-second exposure centered on the Centaurus constellation in the southern sky.

  • 3 CubeSats flying with OA-9 Cygnus spacecraft

    Michael ColeMay 22nd, 2018

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — The launch of the OA-9 Cygnus resupply mission to the ISS carried with it supplies and experiments. Also riding with the freighter are 15 CubeSats to be deployed by the outpost's astronauts. These micro-satellites include a trio designed to greatly-enhance different areas of Earth observation.

  • Spacewalking astronauts swap ISS coolant pumps

    Derek RichardsonMay 17th, 2018

    Two NASA astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station on May 16, 2018, for a 6.5-hour-long spacewalk. They were tasked with rearranging coolant pumps and replacing external cameras and antennas.