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News Archive / Tagged: Lead Stories

  • NASA astronauts stand behind SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft

    Matthew KuhnsAugust 14th, 2018

    HAWTHORNE, Calif. -- SpaceX has made strides in having their Crew Dragon spacecraft transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). One of the crown jewels in the NewSpace firm's efforts was highlighted on Monday Aug. 13. However, the company was not alone in marking the progress SpaceX has made toward sending crews to low-Earth orbit.

  • Thundering toward light: NASA’s Parker Solar Probe begins journey to Sun

    Michael ColeAugust 12th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's long-awaited Parker Solar Probe launched thunderously into the night sky atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket in the early morning hours of Aug. 12. Its goal? To unlock the secrets of Earth's parent star.

  • Technical issues plague 1st launch attempt of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

    Derek RichardsonAugust 11th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s mission to touch the Sun, the Parker Solar Probe, will have to wait at least one more day as various technical issues with the Delta IV Heavy rocket ultimately led to a scrub of the Aug. 11, 2018, attempt.

  • SpaceFlight Insider Live: To touch the Sun – Launch of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

    Jason RhianAugust 11th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA and United Launch Alliance have a Delta IV Heavy rocket all set to launch the space agency's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft on its way to touch the Sun. SpaceFlight Insider's live webcast of this pivotal launch will begin at 3 a.m. EDT (07:00 GMT) Saturday. Aug. 7. Tune in as we bring you exclusive interviews, photos and more - live!

  • Parker Solar Probe stands ready to be propelled into the face of the Sun

    Michael ColeAugust 9th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA's Parker Solar Probe (PSP) is edging closer to its long-awaited launch, scheduled no earlier than (NET) 3:33 a.m. EDT (19:33 GMT) on Saturday, August 11. The spacecraft will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37B (SLC-37B) atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket on its mission to study the Sun's corona and the solar wind.

  • 1st reflown Block 5 Falcon 9 sends ‘Merah Putih’ into orbit

    Jason RhianAugust 7th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With five months still left in 2018, SpaceX is continuing its rapid-fire launch rate. The flight of the Merah Putih satellite, using a previously-flown Block 5 Falcon 9, means the company is one step closer to redefining the notion of how frequently flights to space can be carried out.

  • First major piece of NASA’s Space Launch System assembled

    Lloyd CampbellAugust 5th, 2018

    NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) has completed a major milestone with the first major piece of the rocket's core stage being fully assembled and ready for integration into other hardware in advance of the vehicle’s first test flight—Exploration Mission-1.

  • SpaceX’s CRS-15 Dragon splashes down in Pacific

    Derek RichardsonAugust 4th, 2018

    SpaceX’s CRS-15 Dragon returned to Earth on Aug. 3, 2018, after a month-long stay at the International Space Station. The capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean with cargo and research samples that were returned for further analysis.

  • And the winners are… NASA announces first astronauts to fly under Commercial Crew Program

    Joe LatrellAugust 3rd, 2018

    HOUSTON — The race to develop new U.S. spacecraft to ferry astronauts to space reached another milestone with the announcement of the first crews that will fly on commercially-produced spacecraft. On Aug. 3, 2018, NASA selected the astronauts who will fly on the first Boeing Starliner and SpaceX Crewed Dragon capsules.

  • TESS primed and ready to discover distant worlds

    Jason RhianAugust 2nd, 2018

    NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has successfully reached its desired orbit and has begun science operations. The spacecraft was constructed by Northrop Grumman, who will operate the vehicle. This milestone sets the spacecraft on a path to continue the search for alien worlds.

  • NASA Administrator visits Langley Research Center

    Steve HammerAugust 1st, 2018

    LANGLEY, Va. -- NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine made his second stop on a tour of NASA research facilities Tuesday, July 31 at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

  • China launches Gaofen 11 Earth-observing satellite atop Long March 4B

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 31st, 2018

    A Long March 4B rocket took to the skies on Tuesday, July 31, on a mission to deliver China’s Gaofen 11 high-resolution Earth-observing spacecraft to orbit.

  • Martian storm chasers: Spacecraft observe dust storm

    Paul KnightlyJuly 30th, 2018

    A fleet of spacecraft are diligently studying the global dust storm currently encircling Mars. Much as storm chasers would do on Earth, they are collecting valuable data so that scientists can better understand how these storms form and evolve.

  • Long March 3B sends BeiDou-3 satellite duo into space

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 29th, 2018

    Lifting off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China’s Sichuan Province, a Long March 3B booster orbited a pair of BeiDou-3 spacecraft for the country’s homegrown satellite navigation system.

  • Inside Opportunity: As dust storm continues to rage Oppy sleeps

    James RiceJuly 28th, 2018

    Our Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover, situated at the Red Planet's Perseverance Valley located on the western inner rim of Endeavour Crater, continues to remain silent due to the ongoing global dust storm. The storm has placed 'Oppy' into a mode designed to protect her in instances just like the one the golf cart-sized rover is currently enduring.