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News Archive / Tagged: The Range

  • Dawn spacecraft captures new images of Ceres’ Occator Crater

    Jason RhianJuly 4th, 2018

    NASA's Dawn spacecraft has entered into its final planned orbital position from which it will study the dwarf planet Ceres, the lowest the probe has descended to the tiny world since it arrived in orbit on March 6, 2015.

  • Increase in ‘Oumuamua’s speed through the solar system reveals it to be a comet

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 3rd, 2018

    Scientists observing the path of 'Oumuamua,' the first known interstellar object to pass through the solar system, discovered it to be traveling faster than expected, leading them to conclude it is actually a comet that received a boost in speed through outgassing.

  • Veteran NASA astronaut Dan Burbank leaves NASA

    Jason RhianJuly 2nd, 2018

    After being tapped by the agency to be an astronaut in 1996 and spending some 188 days on orbit, Dan Burbank has decided it's time to hang up his spacesuit. 

  • Launch of Japanese startup’s rocket ends in failure

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 2nd, 2018

    A small rocket developed by Interstellar Technologies Inc. (IST) fell to the ground, bursting into flames, shortly after its launch on Saturday, June 30.

  • Video Feature: SpaceX Falcon 9 creates thunder and light on CRS-15 mission

    Jason RhianJune 30th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX launched the final Block 4 Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 on Friday, June 29, 2018. The fifteenth Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-15) mission, conducted on behalf of NASA, lifted off at 5:42 EDT (09:42 GMT). SpaceFlight Insider set several video recorders captured the early-morning flight in spectacular detail.

  • Gallery: Final Block 4 Falcon 9 Launches CRS-15

    Mike DeepJune 30th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.  — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the final Block 4 version of the launch vehicle to be launched, lifted of from the Cape's Space Launch Complex 40 on a mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, June 29, 2018.

  • Hayabusa 2 arrives at asteroid Ryugu

    Jim SharkeyJune 29th, 2018

    After a journey of about 2 million miles (3.2 billion kilometers), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA)  Haybusa 2 spacecraft rendezvoused with its target, the asteroid Ryugu. This latest milestone marked a critical point in a mission designed to investigate these tiny remnants of the formation of our solar system.

  • Business Time Postponed: Rocket Lab planning for new launch window

    Rae Botsford EndJune 28th, 2018

    Due to a motor controller issue discovered during pre-launch checks on June 27 (NZST), Rocket Lab is standing down from this launch window for 'It’s Business Time,' the company’s first fully commercial mission.

  • Record-setting Mars dust storm was overdue

    Paul KnightlyJune 28th, 2018

    As a global dust storm imperils the Opportunity rover and encircles Mars, scientists are getting their best look yet into the rare phenomenon. Data gleaned from this rare atmospheric event could also help provide important clues as NASA develops plans for crewed landings on the surface of the Red Planet.

  • Buzz Aldrin’s children accuse astronaut’s handlers of ‘spin’

    Jason RhianJune 27th, 2018

    The Buzz Aldrin Foundation has released a statement regarding the recent announcement of a lawsuit allegedly filed by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The following statement was issued on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Aldrin's children, Andrew and Jan, have made less-than flattering statements about those they feel are responsible for this current situation.

  • James Webb Space Telescope to study Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

    Laurel KornfeldJune 26th, 2018

    When NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launches in May 2020, one of its first targets is expected to be Jupiter's Great Red Spot, a large storm believed to have been active on the giant planet for more than 350 years.

  • Curiosity snaps photos of thickening haze as Martian dust storm goes global

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 25th, 2018

    Despite being in the worse dust storm in recent years, NASA's Curiosity rover is sticking it out - and even managed to take a 'selfie' of itself.

  • Book Review: It’s a Question of Space

    Jason RhianJune 24th, 2018

    There has been a wealth of books written about astronauts' experiences in space. A good many of these are accounts detailing what transpired behind the scenes. Few however have contained actual questions asked by the average citizen as well as the response. Former NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson works to address this in his latest offering - It's a Question of Space.

  • NewSpace gaining more real estate at Kennedy

    Collin SkocikJune 24th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space Florida, the aerospace economic development agency of the State of Florida, will be meeting in Tampa in the next week to provide some $18 million of state money to help Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) and Blue Origin, LLC, to develop new facilities at Kennedy Space Center. 

  • It’s not Business Time: Scrub called on Rocket Lab’s first commercial flight

    Rae Botsford EndJune 23rd, 2018

    Rocket Lab’s first fully commercial mission, “It’s Business Time," will have to wait a little while longer before it takes to the skies.