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  • Interstellar: Voyager 2 goes where only one has gone before

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 14th, 2018

    NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft has become the second probe to enter interstellar space, as confirmed by data returned by several of the science instruments on board the spacecraft.

  • Northrop Grumman test fires astronaut protection system

    Jason RhianDecember 13th, 2018

    Sending crews to destinations such as the Moon and Mars is not easy. As many within the space industry will tell you, one of the most harrowing times during these missions is the first few minutes of the flight. A test carried out today worked to make this tense period a little less stressful for […]

  • NASA’s InSight lander flexes arm, ‘listens’ to Martian winds

    Jim SharkeyDecember 12th, 2018

    NASA's Mars InSight lander has been getting to known for its new home at Elysium Planitia and preparing for what it will be doing there. As it turns out, one of those things - is listening.

  • Barely on the job a week, OSIRIS-REx makes major discovery

    Cullen DesforgesDecember 11th, 2018

    On Dec. 3, 2018, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at the half-kilometer wide Bennu asteroid to begin a two-year study to inspect, investigate, and eventually collect samples of the materials making up its mysterious surface.

  • Who needs the Guardians of the Galaxy when we have OSIRIS-REx?

    Cullen DesforgesDecember 10th, 2018

    Last week, a spacecraft arrived at one of the smallest objects ever visited by a NASA mission after a multi-billion mile journey around the Solar System.

  • ‘Hold hold hold’: NROL-71 mission scrubbed

    Derek RichardsonDecember 9th, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. — Just seconds before the planned liftoff of a Delta IV Heavy rocket with the NROL-71 payload, an automatic abort of the launch sequence was triggered.

  • Classified: A review of US defense missions launched in 2018

    Patrick AttwellDecember 5th, 2018

    LOMPOC, Calif. -- 2018 has seen five payloads launched for the Department of Defense. Two of these missions were classified and one failed. With the upcoming flight of a ULA Delta Heavy with the NROL-71, SpaceFlight Insider takes a look back at the DoD's 2018 launch manifest.

  • Arianespace launches two geosynchronous satellites to orbit

    Joe LatrellDecember 4th, 2018

    Arianespace successfully launched flight VA246 carrying geosynchronous satellites for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) from its facility in French Guiana.

  • OSIRIS-REx arrives at Bennu asteroid

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 4th, 2018

    NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft has successfully arrived at its destination, the asteroid Bennu.

  • Opportunity: All’s quiet on the Martian front…

    Jim SharkeyDecember 4th, 2018

    While the Martian skies have cleared of the dust that enveloped much of the Red Planet, NASA's Opportunity rover remains silent in Perseverance Valley. The rover was last heard from on June 10, 2018. As of November 27, the mission team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) had sent 359 recovery commands in a effort to wake the rover.

  • One of the final missions for Rokot booster lifts off from Plesetsk

    Jason RhianNovember 30th, 2018

    One of the last planned launches of a Rokot booster took to the skies above the Plesetsk Cosmodrone’s Site 133. It marked a rare flight of a rocket that can trace its lineage back to an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The flight lifted off at 05:00 MSK (9:00 p.m. EST) on Sept. 29, 2018.

  • India launches HysIS satellite along with 30 co-passengers on PSLV-C43

    Curt GodwinNovember 29th, 2018

    At 9:58 a.m. Indian Standard Time (IST) on Thursday, November 29, 2018 (11:28 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 28), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully delivered the HysIS imaging satellite, along with 30 smaller satellites, to a Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) on flight PSLV-C43.

  • Eternal Ice Age: Unusual ridges near Pluto’s Sputnik Planitia formed by ancient glaciers

    Laurel KornfeldNovember 28th, 2018

    Oddly-shaped ridges located adjacent to Pluto's Sputnik Planitia were created by ancient nitrogen ice glaciers, according to a group of scientists led by the SETI Institute's Oliver White.

  • More than $150 million embezzled during construction of Vostochny Cosmodrome

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 27th, 2018

    Information revealed by Russian prosecutors provide insight into the scale of corruption during the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

  • How two NASA missions will rewrite what we know about our solar system

    Laurel KornfeldNovember 24th, 2018

    An asteroid in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter and a Kuiper Belt Object four billion miles away will both have their mysteries unveiled when NASA missions explore them in December and January.