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  • NASA will monitor plants’ water usage through new instrument on ISS

    Laurel KornfeldJune 20th, 2018

    A new NASA instrument that will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS) later this month will monitor water usage by plants on Earth through regular measurements of the plants' temperatures.

  • Proposed CAESAR mission could return a sample from comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 19th, 2018

    A proposed mission known as Comet Astrobiology Exploration Sample Return (CAESAR), could greatly improve our knowledge about the origin and history of the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. If selected by NASA, it could return a sample from this comet to Earth, enabling scientists to study the leftover material from the formation of our Solar System.

  • GRACE-FO uses ‘Range Finder’ to see mountain effects

    Jim SharkeyJune 18th, 2018

    NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission has successfully completed its first mission phase and demonstrated the performance of the precise microwave ranging system that allows it to measure how mass migrates around the Earth. GRACE-FO is a successor to the original GRACE mission, which began orbiting the Earth on March 17, 2002.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: The first solar observatories in orbit

    Christopher PaulJune 17th, 2018

    As NASA prepares to launch its latest and most ambitious mission to study the Sun, it will join NASA missions launched to study Earth’s closest star. Since its creation in 1958, NASA has made the study of the Sun one of its priority. Given the importance of the Sun for all life on Earth, this mission's importance becomes clearer.

  • New data reveals supermassive black hole eating a star

    Laurel KornfeldJune 17th, 2018

    An international team of scientists captured the first ever images produced by a supermassive black hole devouring a star.

  • Engine for Phantom Express assembled and prepped for tests

    Heather SmithJune 16th, 2018

    Aerojet Rocketdyne has completed the assembly of the first AR-22 rocket engine at Stennis Space Center. The engine was built for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Experimental Spaceplane program. The purpose of the new spaceplane, called Phantom Express, is to demonstrate more routine and affordable access to space.

  • Juno solves lightning mystery, gets mission extension

    Joe LatrellJune 15th, 2018

    NASA's Juno probe, which has been in orbit around Jupiter since July, 2016 has provided scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) opportunities for research. One such research paper, recently published in Nature, helps explain the nature of Jupiter’s polar lightning.

  • RL-10 successfully completes hotfire tests

    Collin SkocikJune 15th, 2018

    The use of 3D printing in spaceflight took another step forward in early 2018 when Aerojet Rocketdyne completed a series of hotfire tests of a new model of the RL10 rocket engine which was built almost entirely of 3D-printed parts.

  • ISS 2018 mission patch revealed

    Laurel KornfeldJune 14th, 2018

    The 2018 International Space Station (ISS) mission patch, which represents all science payloads on the space station during the calendar year, has been unveiled.

  • NOAA releases first images of Sun taken by GOES 17

    Jason RhianJune 13th, 2018

    Launched on March 1, 2018 atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 541 rocket, the GOES-17 spacecraft has beamed back its first images of the Sun. 

  • Launch of NASA ICON mission postponed

    Jason RhianJune 10th, 2018

    NASA and Northrop Grumman have decided to delay the launch of the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission due to what has been described as "off-nominal data" discovered from the mission's launch vehicle.

  • New Horizons exits hibernation to prepare for KBO flyby

    Laurel KornfeldJune 9th, 2018

    NASA's New Horizons probe has been awakened from nearly six months in hibernation to enable the mission team to start preparations for its flyby of Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) Ultima Thule (also known as 2014 MU69) in the early morning hours of New Year's Day 2019.

  • Tiny asteroid disintegrates hours after being discovered

    Jim SharkeyJune 7th, 2018

    On Saturday, June 1 a boulder-sized asteroid designated 2018 LA was discovered and determined to be on a collision course with Earth, with impact predicted to be just a few hours later. The event proved that Earth is still in the cosmic shooting gallery and could be struck with little-to-no notice.

  • GALLERY: Roscosmos Soyuz-FG rocket carries Expedition 56 trio to International Space Station

    Sean CostelloJune 6th, 2018

    'Poyekhali!' SpaceFlight Insider was at the Baikonur Cosmodrone in Kazakhstan to cover the flight of three Expedition 56 crew members to the International Space Station. Here are some of the images captured of the events leading up to - and of the launch.

  • Long March 3A lifts off with Fengyun 2H weather satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 5th, 2018

    A Long March 3A booster was launched June 5, 2018, by China to deliver the Fengyun 2H meteorological spacecraft into space. The rocket lifted off the pad at 9:07 a.m. EDT (13:07 GMT) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center situated in the country's Sichuan Province.