NASA orders three more Orion spacecraft for Artemis missions
Derek RichardsonOctober 21st As NASA prepares to launch the uncrewed Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft to the Moon, the agency has ordered three additional spacecraft from Lockheed Martin.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket orbits the Hotbird 13F satellite
Theresa CrossOctober 15th SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lit up the night sky in Florida to send the Hotbird 13F communications satellite into orbit for Eutelsat.
Crew-4 astronauts return to Earth after six-month spaceflight
Derek RichardsonOctober 14th Crew Dragon Freedom has returned to Earth with four astronauts after nearly six months at the International Space Station.
Fly me to the Moon: Dennis Tito books Starship lunar flight
Cullen DesforgesOctober 13th SpaceX has announced the first two crewmembers for a second commercial mission around the Moon using its Starship rocket system.
Experience delivers: Moving SLS with the crawler-transporter
Theresa CrossOctober 12th Meet Bob Myers, one of NASA’s crawler drivers that transport rockets to and from the Vehicle Assembly Building and Launch Complex 39B.
CAPSTONE spacecraft regains attitude control
Cullen DesforgesOctober 12th Following a month troubleshooting a spin anomaly, NASA’s CAPSTONE spacecraft has been returned to normal operations as it continues toward the Moon.
NASA’s DART asteroid collision mission a smashing success!
Derek RichardsonOctober 11th Two weeks after a NASA spacecraft purposely collided with an asteroid, the agency confirmed the impact changed its orbit much greater than initially expected.
Crew-5 Dragon launches astronauts, cosmonaut to Space Station
Theresa CrossOctober 5th Three astronauts and one cosmonaut are bound for the International Space Station after launching atop a Falcon 9 rocket as part of the Crew-5 mission.
Atlas V launches two SES communications satellites
Theresa CrossOctober 4th A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket soared skyward to send two communications satellites into space for Luxembourg-based SES.
SpaceX, NASA looking at potential to reboost Hubble telescope
Derek RichardsonSeptember 29th NASA has signed a contract with SpaceX to study the possibility of reboosting the Hubble Space Telescope into a higher orbit using Crew Dragon.
IMPACT: NASA DART mission successfully collides with asteroid
Sean CostelloSeptember 26th For the first time, a NASA spacecraft was purposefully slammed into an asteroid in order to change the small body’s orbital period.
Artemis 1 SLS to shelter from Hurricane Ian in assembly building
Derek RichardsonSeptember 26th NASA has opted to return the Artemis 1 Space Launch System rocket to the Vehicle Assembly Building to shelter from the potential effects of Hurricane Ian.
NASA targets Tuesday to fly Artemis 1, despite weather outlook
Derek RichardsonSeptember 23rd While keeping an eye on the weather, NASA has opted to proceed with a Sept. 27 launch attempt for Artemis 1 following the completion of a tanking test.
Russian-American Soyuz MS-22 crew arrives at Space Station
Derek RichardsonSeptember 21st Three new crew members arrived at the International Space Station following their launch in Soyuz MS-22 from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
NASA plans Artemis 1 SLS tanking test on Wednesday
Derek RichardsonSeptember 19th Following repair work on a hydrogen quick disconnect seal for the Artemis 1 SLS rocket, NASA looks to perform a cryogenic loading test on the vehicle.
Uncrewed New Shepard mission experiences in-flight abort
Derek RichardsonSeptember 12th In a reminder that rocket launches are not routine events, Blue Origin’s suborbital New Shepard rocket system suffered an anomaly during its 23rd flight.
UPDATE: Artemis 1 likely not launching until October
Derek RichardsonSeptember 3rd After hours of troubleshooting a hydrogen leak, NASA called off its second attempt to get the Artemis 1 Space Launch System rocket off the ground.
NASA calls off first attempt at launching its mega Moon rocket
Derek RichardsonAugust 29th The first attempt at flying NASA's Artemis 1 Space Launch System rocket was called off because of a problem with one of the core stage’s engines.
NASA’s Artemis 1 mega Moon rocket to launch next week
Derek RichardsonAugust 26th Artemis 1, the first combined flight of the Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft, is set to occur next week to begin a trip to the Moon and back.
The first few miles of Artemis 1 starts with the crawler
Theresa CrossAugust 22nd NASA’s Space Launch System rocket has returned to the pad for the Artemis 1 mission after a 10-hour trek via the crawler-transporter.
Transporter Erector for Blue Origin New Glenn goes vertical
Theresa CrossAugust 19th Blue Origin’s transporter erector, which will be used for the company’s massive New Glenn rocket, was raised to the vertical position on Launch Complex 36.
SpaceX launches Starlink satellites from both US coasts
Theresa CrossAugust 12th SpaceX flew two Starlink missions this week -- one on each coast of the United States -- increasing the size of the company's internet constellation.
Antares rocket to see new life with upgraded ‘330’ variant
Derek RichardsonAugust 8th Northrop Grumman is partnering with Firefly Aerospace to create a new version of the Antares rocket following disruptions caused by Russia's war in Ukraine.
SpaceX sends South Korea satellite toward the Moon
Theresa CrossAugust 4th SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to send the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter, KPLO, to the Moon.
Blue Origin New Shepard flies six people to space on NS-22 mission
Cullen DesforgesAugust 4th Blue Origin’s NS-22 crewed suborbital New Shepard mission successfully took to the skies from the company’s West Texas launch site.
Atlas V rocket orbits SBIRS GEO 6 missile warning satellite
Theresa CrossAugust 4th An Atlas V rocket soared into the early-morning Florida skies to send a missile warning satellite into space for the United States Space Force.
Electron rocket launches secret NROL-199 payload
Derek RichardsonAugust 4th The second of two back-to-back Rocket Lab Electron launches has orbited the NROL-199 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office.
‘Ingenuity-class’ drones added to Mars sample return mission
Derek RichardsonJuly 27th NASA has changed the planned architecture for its Mars Sample Return Program, ditching a fetch rover in favor of two small helicopters.
Sublimating nitrogen ice could be cause of polygons in Pluto’s Sputnik Planitia
The unusual polygonal features seen in Sputnik Planitia, the left side of Pluto's iconic heart feature known as Tombaugh Regio, could be caused by the sublimation of nitrogen ice, a team of scientists propose in a study published in the journal Nature.
Bill Gates-founded clean-tech initiative funds rocket startup
Bill Gates-founded Breakthrough Energy has backed Stoke Space's goal of creating a fully-reusable rocket in the company's latest funding round.
Our spaceflight heritage: A conversation with Fred Haise
Spaceflight Insider spoke with Fred Haise after a ceremony commemorating the 2020 designation of the A-1 Test Stand after the Apollo 13 astronaut.
NASA asking for fission power design concepts for Moon missions
As humanity moves toward the very real possibility of becoming a multi-planet species, the need for safe and reliable energy not only arises on Earth, but especially so in outer space.
Images of Pluto’s dark side produced using reflected sunlight from Charon
A team of scientists produced images of Pluto's dark side using reflected sunlight from its large moon Charon in images taken by the New Horizons spacecraft to tease out features on that side in low resolution.
Artemis I Space Launch System Rollout Delayed to January
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and SLS Program Manager John Honeycutt provide an update on Artemis 1 rollout, and RS-25 engine controller issue.
Gateway exhibit set to open spring 2022 at KSC Visitor Complex
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida is preparing to open what will be its first free-standing exhibit building since opening the Atlantis exhibit in 2013.
NASA leadership visits Marshall Space Flight Center
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson visited the Marshall Space Flight Center for an update on the center's contribution to the nation's space program.
Northrop Grumman proposes lunar rover for Artemis program
A team of companies led by Northrop Grumman has put forth a proposal for an astronaut-driven lunar rover for the agency’s Artemis Moon program.
Laser demo aims to increase in-space communications bandwidth
A laser communications payload is set to fly next month to demonstrate advantages of such a system and for engineers to learn how to use them operationally.
Astronaut Jessica Watkins assigned to Crew-4 mission
NASA has announced the final crewmember for the next International Space Station crew rotation mission under the agency's Commercial Crew Program.
Interstellar probe could be successor to the Voyager missions
With Voyagers 1 and 2 set to run out of power in approximately a decade, NASA is considering a follow up interstellar probe that could last 50 to 100 years.
Ingenuity Mars Helicopter completes 15th flight
NASA’s Mars Helicopter known as Ingenuity has begun to traverse its way back to the famed Wright Brothers Field on the Martian surface after completing its 15th successful flight.
National Geographic selected to tell the story of Artemis 2
NASA and National Geographic have partnered to help tell the story of the first crewed flight around the Moon in more than a half century.
NASA’s Orion recovery team is certified for Artemis 1
NASA’s Landing and Recovery team recently completed its ninth recovery test at sea and is certified to recover the Orion spacecraft for the Artemis 1 mission next year.