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  • NASA’s Claudia Alexander passes away at 56

    Joe LatrellJuly 20th, 2015

    NASA has lost one of their best scientists, engineers and managers this past week when project specialist Claudia Alexander passed away at age 56 after a decade-long battle with cancer. Alexander was involved with an array of NASA planetary missions and was perhaps best known for her involvement in the U.S. space agency’s Galileo mission […]

  • Two for two! Flight of Galileo navigational satellites marks dual launches of Soyuz booster

    Jason RhianMarch 27th, 2015

    It’s not every day that two rockets take to the sky. Even rarer is the flight of two of the same family of boosters during that same time frame. Today was just such a day for the Soyuz rocket. In fact, a mere two hours and four minutes after a NASA astronaut and two Russian […]

  • Next ESA Galileo satellites undergo fit checks in preparation for late March launch

    Jason RhianFebruary 19th, 2015

    The European Space Agency (ESA ) is preparing the third and fourth Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC ) satellites for a planned March 27 launch atop a Soyuz-2 booster. The next two Galileo navigation spacecraft have recently undergone what is known as a “fit check” with the mission’s dual-payload dispenser in French Guiana. Once the full […]

  • Arianespace review board determines cause of Galileo launch anomaly

    SpaceFlight InsiderOctober 9th, 2014

    EVRY, Paris — On Aug. 22, Arianespace launched twin Galileo satellites from French Guiana’s Kourou spaceport. Poised atop a Soyuz ST-B, the satellites were the first functional satellites in the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Galileo constellation. Dubbed, Doresa and Milena, the satellites were destined for a circular orbit and the launch was initially deemed a […]

  • Galileo satellites launched into wrong orbit

    SpaceFlight InsiderAugust 23rd, 2014

    The first two functional satellites in the European Galileo constellation lifted off from Kourou, French Guiana at 9:27 a.m. local time (8:27 a.m. EDT, 1227 GMT) atop a Soyuz ST-B launch vehicle. Initially labeled a success, subsequent data shows that the satellites are in a lower-than-planned orbit. The European Space Agency initially claimed that all was […]

  • ‘Doresa’ and ‘Milena’ Galileo spacecraft rise into morning sky via Soyuz ST-B

    Jason RhianAugust 22nd, 2014

    The skies above the Spaceport located at Kourou, French Guiana greeted a new star this morning as a Soyuz ST-B booster and its payload of the Doresa and Milena Galileo satellites to orbit. The flight began 24 hours later than originally planned with liftoff taking place on Friday Aug. 22 at 1227 GMT (8:27 a.m. EDT; 9:27 […]

  • Launch of ESA’s Galileo delayed by 24 hours

    Jason RhianAugust 21st, 2014

    The launch of two European navigational satellites destined to be the first operational components in the Galileo fleet has been delayed by 24 hours. The Soyuz ST-B booster had been slated to launch on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 1231 GMT (8:31 a.m. EDT; 9:31 a.m. local time) from the launch site at the Guiana Space Center. Launch is now slated […]

  • Of Doresa and Milena: ESA’s Galileo spacecraft primed for flight atop Soyuz ST-B rocket

    Jason RhianAugust 19th, 2014

    The last stages of functional testing for the European Space Agency’s (ESA ) twin Galileo navigation satellites has concluded at Europe’s Spaceport located at Kourou, French Guiana. With these last tests completed, the twin spacecraft now stand ready for a launch currently scheduled to take place on Thursday, 21 August at 14:31:14 CEST (12:31:14 UTC).

  • NASA seeks proposals for Europa mission’s science instruments

    Jim SharkeyJuly 17th, 2014

    NASA recently issued an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for proposals regarding  science instruments that could be flown aboard a future mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa. The selected instruments could potentially answer important questions about the icy moon and help guide the search for life beyond Earth.

  • Introducing the 2014 Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductees: Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 4th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Rainy weather could not dampen spirits at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center during the 2014 Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductions. Yesterday, a crowd gathered underneath the Space Shuttle Atlantis to honor two distinguished American Astronauts – Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross. If you have had the opportunity to visit the Space Shuttle […]

  • It’s complicated: Dawn spurs rewrite of Vesta’s story

    NASANovember 9th, 2013

    Just when scientists thought they had a tidy theory for how the giant asteroid Vesta formed, a new paper from NASA’s Dawn mission suggests the history is more complicated. 

  • Carbon Worlds May be Waterless, Finds NASA Study

    Press ReleaseOctober 28th, 2013

    Planets rich in carbon, including so-called diamond planets, may lack oceans, according to NASA-funded theoretical research.