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  • Gallery: SpaceX CRS-13

    Mike DeepDecember 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX resumed launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 with the flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket and CRS-13 Dragon spacecraft. The launch took place at 10:35 a.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

  • OPINION: How NASA became a ping-pong ball

    Jason RhianDecember 17th, 2017

    For 30 years, NASA's human space flight program was in a secure, albeit uninspiring, trajectory – low-Earth orbit. The loss of the Shuttle Columbia and her seven-member crew on Feb. 1, 2003, changed all that. The Shuttle era was set to end and the agency would discover there's something even more dangerous than re-entering Earth's atmosphere with damaged heat tiles – politicians.

  • CRS-13 Dragon berthed with International Space Station

    Derek RichardsonDecember 17th, 2017

    Just hours after Soyuz MS-07 and its three-person crew launched on a two-day trek toward the International Space Station, SpaceX’s CRS-13 Dragon, having launched days earlier atop a Falcon 9 rocket, rendezvoused with and was attached to the orbiting laboratory.

  • Bright spots on Ceres indicate geologic activity

    Jim SharkeyDecember 16th, 2017

    Since NASA's Dawn spacecraft arrived at Ceres in March 2015, both scientists and the general public have been able to see the hundreds of bright spots on the dwarf planet's surface. Dawn mission scientists reported their most recent research about these bright areas at the American Geophysical Union meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. The team's findings indicate that Ceres is an active, evolving world.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch of CRS-13 Dragon on SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

    Jason RhianDecember 15th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX has rescheduled its launch of a "flight proven" Falcon 9 rocket with its payload of the CRS-13 Dragon spacecraft to liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40. This will mark the first flight from the historic launch site since the Sept. 1, 2016 explosion of another Falcon 9 rocket. SFI LIVE will begin at 10 a.m. EST (14:00 GMT).

  • Artificial intelligence doesn’t find aliens – does find new exoplanets in old Kepler data

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 15th, 2017

    Contrary to what other outlets attempted to suggest, NASA did not announce it had discovered aliens. Rather, a computer trained to find exoplanets by identifying weak signals in data collected by NASA's Kepler mission discovered two new planets, each in multi-planet systems.

  • Three companies tapped to produce prototypes for NASA’s ‘FabLab’ initiative

    Jason RhianDecember 14th, 2017

    NASA's Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) program has selected three companies to produce "FabLab" prototypes of machines that can be used for space-based, on-demand fabrication.

  • Soyuz MS-05 trio lands in Kazakhstan after 138-day ISS stay

    Derek RichardsonDecember 14th, 2017

    Returning from the black of space to the cold of Kazakhstan, three International Space Station crew members have returned to Earth after 138 days and 17 hours in space. Soyuz MS-05 landed at 2:37 p.m. Kazakh time (3:37 a.m. EST / 08:37 GMT) Dec. 14, 2017.

  • Final RS-25 hot-fire test of 2017 completed

    Michael McCabeDecember 13th, 2017

    NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have conducted the final RS-25 hot-fire test of 2017 at their Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The six-minute, 40-second test was conducted at Stennis' A-1 Test Stand. The test also continued the development of components that utilized additive manufacturing (a.k.a. "3-D printing").

  • Occultation data hints New Horizons’ next flyby target may have a moon

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 13th, 2017

    New Horizons' second target – Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69 – may have a small moon, mission science team member Marc Buie of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado, reported on Monday, December 11, 2017, at this week's meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Launch of SpaceX CRS-13 mission slips to Friday

    Derek RichardsonDecember 12th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After announcing a 24-hour slip to Dec. 12, SpaceX has pushed back the flight of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the CRS-13 Dragon cargo mission to the International Space Station again to Friday, Dec. 15.

  • Engine burn refines New Horizons’ journey to KBO 2014 MU69

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 12th, 2017

    To optimize the timing of New Horizons' closest flyby of Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69, mission engineers carried out the spacecraft's last engine burn during the long "cruise" phase of its journey – between Pluto and its second target (MU69) – on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.

  • Trump policy directive makes Moon NASA’s official goal for human exploration

    Bart LeahyDecember 12th, 2017

    In a brief but pointed Dec. 11, 2017, ceremony at the White House, President Donald Trump signed Space Policy Directive 1, which officially directs NASA to send astronauts back to the Moon as a precursor effort to exploring Mars.

  • SpaceX’s CRS-13 mission set for Tuesday launch

    Paul KnightlyDecember 11th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is making final preparations to launch CRS-13 in what should be the company's 17th launch of the year. The flight-proven Falcon 9 and Dragon vehicles are scheduled to lift off on Dec. 12 during an “instantaneous” launch window that opens at 11:46 a.m. EST (16:46 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida.

  • NASA has the angle on Opportunity’s longevity

    Curt GodwinDecember 8th, 2017

    Operating long past its original mission of 90 Martian solar days – also known as "sols" – NASA's Opportunity rover has survived another passage through the deepest part of the Martian winter. Drawing on years of experience, operators positioned the stalwart robot on a northward-facing incline to give Opportunity's solar panels the best chance of generating enough electricity to survive the Martian winter.