On Fifth Attempt, SpaceX Upgraded Falcon 9 Successfully Delivers SES-9 Payload to Orbit

Dramatic shutdown in the final moments before T-0 on 28 February. Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

After no less than four scrubbed launch attempts, SpaceX’s second Upgraded Falcon 9 rocketed into orbit on Friday, 4 March, to deliver the SES-9 communications satellite to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

It was fifth time lucky for SpaceX tonight (Friday, 4 March), as the Hawthorne, Calif.-based launch services company successfully […]

Kelly and Kornienko's Year-Long Mission Paves Way for Journey to Mars

With 520 cumulative days in space, and 340 days from his (almost) one-year mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Scott Kelly is now the national record-holder for the longest single space mission and the greatest amount of spaceflight time of any U.S. citizen. Photo Credit: NASA

With 520 cumulative days in space, and 340 days from his (almost) one-year mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Scott Kelly is now the national record-holder for the longest single space mission and the greatest amount of spaceflight time of any U.S. citizen. Photo Credit: NASA

For the first time in almost five […]

Kopra Assumes Command of Expedition 47, Ahead of One-Year Crew Return to Earth

With yesterday’s change of command ceremony, Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra (left) will lead the International Space Station (ISS) through early June. He takes over from One-Year crewman Scott Kelly (right). Photo Credit: NASA/Tim Kopra/Twitter

With just one day of their (almost) year-long mission remaining, U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko—together […]

'Who Was in NASA 901?': 50 Years Since the Accident Which Changed Project Gemini (Part 2)

The Gemini IX crews consisted of Elliot See (front left) and Charlie Bassett (front right) and their backups, Tom Stafford and Gene Cernan. The deaths of the prime crew on 28 February 1966 forced Stafford and Cernan into their shoes and altered the remainder of Project Gemini. Photo Credit: NASA

The remains of NASA 901, the T-38 jet which carried the Gemini IX prime crew of Elliot See and Charlie Bassett. Photo Credit: St. Louis Post-Dispatch archive

At 7:41 a.m. CST on 28 February 1966—exactly 50 years ago, to this very day—a pair of sleek T-38 Talon jets took off from Ellington Field, near the Manned […]

'A Very Great Honor': 50 Years Since the Accident Which Changed Project Gemini (Part 1)

Assigned in November 1965, the Gemini IX crew of Elliot See (left) and Charlie Bassett were tasked with flying a 48-72-hour mission in the late spring of 1966. Their flight would have demonstrated rendezvous, docking, maneuvering and spacewalking. Photo Credit: NASA

Assigned in November 1965, the Gemini IX crew of Elliot See (left) and Charlie Bassett were tasked with flying a 48-72-hour mission in the late spring of 1966. Their flight would have demonstrated rendezvous, docking, maneuvering, and spacewalking. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifty years ago, this month, in February 1966, NASA and America’s effort to […]

One-Year Crew Prepares to Depart Space Station for Return to Earth

With Sergei Volkov (center) commanding the return to Earth, One-Year crewman Scott Kelly (left) and Mikhail Kornienko will wrap up the longest single space mission of the 21st century next week. Photo Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly/Twitter

With Sergei Volkov (center) commanding the return to Earth, One-Year crewman Scott Kelly (left) and Mikhail Kornienko will wrap up the longest single space mission of the 21st century next week. Photo Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly/Twitter

Scott Kelly has certainly been waxing lyrical recently, as he wraps up the last couple of percent of his […]

SpaceX Prepares to Deliver Heavyweight SES-9 Satellite to Orbit on Wednesday

Encapsulated within its two-piece (or "bisector") Payload Fairing (PLF), the SES-9 satellite is readied for integration with the Upgraded Falcon 9 booster. Photo Credit: SES/Twitter

Tomorrow’s opening launch attempt will be the Upgraded Falcon 9’s first foray toward Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). Photo Credit: 45th Space Wing

For the first time, SpaceX’s Upgraded Falcon 9 booster—which delivered 11 Orbcomm Generation-2 (OG-2) satellites into low-Earth orbit, just before Christmas—will transport its first payload from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape […]

America's 'Destiny': 15 Years Since the Launch of the US Lab (Part 2)

The Destiny laboratory, pictured in the foreground, following the STS-98 crew's departure. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

The Destiny laboratory is maneuvered toward its final location at the forward port of the Unity node in February 2001. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

A decade and a half ago, yesterday, on 20 February 2001, the crew of Atlantis glided a textbook landing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., wrapping up a […]

America's 'Destiny': 15 Years Since the Launch of the US Lab (Part 1)

The Destiny laboratory is maneuvered towards its final location at the forward port of the Unity node in February 2001. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Fifteen years ago, this month, Atlantis became the first member of the space shuttle fleet to complete a third visit to the International Space Station (ISS). Her legacy on STS-98 was to install the heart of the U.S. Orbital Segment (USOS). Photo Credit: NASA

Fifteen years ago, today, on 20 February 2001, Space Shuttle […]

As OA-4 Cygnus Departs, Commercial Cargo Providers Prepare for Busy Visiting Vehicle Manifest

The OA-4 Cygnus spacecraft is pictured high above Bolivia, just prior to release by Canadarm2. Photo Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly/Twitter

The OA-4 Cygnus spacecraft is pictured high above Bolivia, just prior to release by Canadarm2. Photo Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly/Twitter

Friday morning’s unberthing and departure of Orbital ATK’s OA-4 Cygnus cargo ship from the International Space Station (ISS)—wrapping up the first U.S. visiting vehicle mission of 2016, as well as marking the longest stay-time of […]