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  • S.S. John Glenn OA-7 Cygnus berthed to ISS

    Derek RichardsonApril 22nd, 2017

    After a four-day cruise to the International Space Station, Orbital ATK’s OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft, named S.S. John Glenn, was captured and berthed to the outpost.

  • Cassini to conduct last, closest flyby of Titan

    Laurel KornfeldApril 21st, 2017

    As NASA's Cassini spacecraft moves toward its Grand Finale, it will conduct its final and closest flyby of Saturn's moon Titan on April 22, 2017. This last visit is a targeted flyby, meaning Cassini will use either its rocket engine or thrusters to alter its course.

  • Soyuz MS-04 arrival increases ISS crew size to 5

    Derek RichardsonApril 20th, 2017

    The population of the International Space Station has increased to five people with the docking and hatch opening of the Soyuz MS-04 with two new Expedition 51 crew members.

  • China launches Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft on space station refueling test flight

    Curt GodwinApril 20th, 2017

    With the launch of the Tianzhou-1 automated cargo ship, China has taken a significant step in being able to support a long-term crewed presence in space. The spacecraft, mounted atop China's Long March 7 carrier rocket, lifted off at 7:40 a.m. EDT (11:40 GMT) April 20, 2017, from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center (WSLC) on Hainan Island.

  • Soyuz MS-04 sends two-man crew on fast-track to ISS

    Curt GodwinApril 20th, 2017

    The two newest International Space Station (ISS) inhabitants are on their way to the orbiting outpost. Soyuz MS-04 lifted off at 3:13 a.m. EDT (07:13 GMT) April 20, 2017, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • SFI Video: ULA Atlas V rocket launches ‘S.S. John Glenn’ Cygnus to ISS

    Jason RhianApril 19th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — ULA, Orbital ATK, and NASA sent the OA-7 "S.S. John Glenn" Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station on Tuesday, April 18. The mission got underway at the very opening of a 30-minute launch window at 11:11 a.m. EDT (15:11 GMT). SpaceFlight Insider captured the launch from numerous angles and produced the following video.

  • China’s Tianzhou-1 cargo ship readied for launch toward Tiangong-2

    Curt GodwinApril 18th, 2017

    Crucial to China's goal of sustaining and resupplying its own space stations, a Long March 7 rocket has been rolled out to the launch pad at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center (WSLC) with the Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft encapsulated in its payload fairing.

  • New ISS crew set to lift off on Soyuz-FG from Baikonur on first crewed launch of 2017

    Curt GodwinApril 17th, 2017

    Final preparations are underway for the launch of Expedition 51/52 crew members, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, to the International Space Station. Liftoff will take place from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:13 a.m. EDT (07:13 GMT) on April 20, 2017, and will be the first crewed Soyuz launch of 2017.

  • OA-7 Cygnus set to bring science and supplies to ISS

    Bart LeahyApril 16th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Orbital ATK’s OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft, named S.S. John Glenn in honor of America’s first orbital astronaut, is set to launch over 7,500 pounds of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station (ISS).

  • NASA OIG: SLS unlikely to launch in 2018

    Jason RhianApril 15th, 2017

    NASA.s Office of Inspector General has issued an audit detailing how the agency's Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) will likely not launch in 2018. This might be a moot point as NASA is considering flying EM-1 with a crew, which would push the launch to 2019 anyway. These are some of the issues facing the first flight of the agency's new rocket.

  • Ocean worlds Enceladus and Europa could be habitable for microbial life

    Laurel KornfeldApril 14th, 2017

    New data obtained by NASA's Cassini mission and by the Hubble Space Telescope indicate Saturn's moon Enceladus and Jupiter's moon Europa, both referred to as ocean worlds because they harbor subsurface oceans, could be habitable for microbial life.

  • MAVEN finds metal in Mars’ atmosphere

    Jim SharkeyApril 13th, 2017

    NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) spacecraft has discovered electrically charged metal atoms (ions) high in the atmosphere of Mars. The metal ions help provide clues about previously invisible activity with Mars' electrically charged upper atmosphere (ionosphere).

  • Problems continue to plague Russian space program

    Lloyd CampbellApril 13th, 2017

    Russia’s space program has encountered numerous problems in recent years that has put its reliability into doubt. While space is risky for everyone, Russia’s space program had been robust for many years until things started to decline during the past decade.

  • China successfully launches ChinaSat-16 high-speed telecom satellite

    Curt GodwinApril 12th, 2017

    China successfully conducted its fourth launch of 2017 with the successful deployment of the ChinaSat-16 telecommunications satellite. Liftoff took place at 7:04 p.m. local time (11:04 GMT / 7:04 a.m. EDT) on April 12, 2017, from Launch Complex 2 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

  • Blue Origin looking to make a ‘Blue Moon’

    Bart LeahyApril 12th, 2017

    In the last year, Blue Origin pushed its New Shepard suborbital vehicle in more complex tests, unveiled a reusable orbital rocket, and broke ground on a new factory in Florida. Now the company is looking one step further, revealing a design for a lunar lander at the 33rd Space Symposium.