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Next Launch CRS-5 on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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6 Jan 15 11:18:00 GMT
6 Jan 15 6:18:00 EST

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The Future Starts Now? At T-1 Day and Counting, Orion Stands Ready for Thursday Launch

The EFT-1 Orion spacecraft, encapsulated within its payload shroud and topped by the Launch Abort System (LAS), is lowered into position atop the Delta IV Heavy. Photo Credit: NASA

Despite the increasingly gloomy prospect of mostly cloudy skies over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, with only a 60 percent probability of acceptable weather conditions, […]

Newton's Apple and Soyuz Rocket Grace Tim Peake's 'Principia' Mission Patch

Tim Peake’s Principia mission patch, honoring Sir Isaac Newton’s law of gravity and the role of the United Kingdom in space exploration. Image Credit: ESA

Honoring one of England’s most famous scientists, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake will bear a colorful mission patch on the arm of his Russian-made Sokol (“Falcon”) launch […]

Ready for the High Jump: NASA's Orion Spacecraft Primed for Maiden Voyage (Part 2)

Under EFT-1, Orion will conduct two orbits of the Earth and then return to Earth at a blistering 20,000 mph (32,000 km/h). This test will prove out Orion’s heat shield, parachute, and other crucial systems. Image Credit: NASA

After more than a decade of planning and preparation, excitement, and frustration, NASA is ready to […]

Expedition 42 Crew to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Orbit

The recent arrival of Soyuz TMA-15M means that there will be two U.S. citizens in orbit for Thanksgiving today. Photo Credit: NASA

As millions of Americans tuck into their Thanksgiving meals today (Thursday, 27 November), spare a thought for Expedition 42 astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Terry Virts, the United States’ two current representatives […]

Shuttle on the Night Shift: 25 Years Since STS-33

STS-33 was the first nocturnal shuttle launch and landing of the post-Challenger era; entirely appropriate, perhaps, in light of the shroud of darkness which covered its primary payload. Photo Credit: NASA

A quarter-century ago, this week, in November 1989, the shuttle embarked on its first launch and landing in the hours of darkness since […]

New Crew Settles In Aboard Space Station, Ready for Six-Month Mission

Soyuz TMA-15M is pictured docked at the Rassvet module of the International Space Station (ISS), where it is scheduled to remain for the next six months. Photo Credit: NASA

The week of Thanksgiving started in spectacular fashion at 9:49 p.m. EST Sunday, when the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft and its crew of Russian cosmonaut Anton […]

Soyuz TMA-15M Rockets to Orbit to Complete Expedition 42

Stunning perspective of the Soyuz TMA-15M launch at 3:01:14 a.m. local time Monday, 24 November (4:01:14 p.m. EST Sunday, 23 November). Photo Credit: Roscosmos, via European Space Agency (ESA)

Three new crew members, representing three discrete sovereign countries and three national space agencies, are heading toward a docking with the International Space Station (ISS), […]

A New Dawn: The Troubled History and Future Promise of NASA's Orion Program (Part 4)

The Orion spacecraft and its Launch Abort System (LAS) for the Exploration pause briefly outside the historic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), during their journey to Space Launch Complex (SLC)-37B. Photo Credit: Talia Landman/AmericaSpace

After more than a decade of planning, preparation, frustration and cancellation, in just 11 days’ time the first human-capable vehicle for […]

A New Dawn: The Troubled History and Future Promise of NASA's Orion Program (Part 3)

The “business end” of the three Common Booster Cores (CBCs) for the Delta IV Heavy are readied for America’s next step towards deep space. Photo Credit: Mike Killian/AmericaSpace

Twelve days now remain before the long-awaited launch of Orion—the first human-capable vehicle for Beyond Earth Orbit (BEO) exploration in more than four decades—on its inaugural […]

All-Air Force Crew From Three Nations Ready for Launch to Space Station (Part 2)

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 42/43 prime crew members Terry Virts of NASA (left), Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center), and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (right) pose for pictures following a news conference Nov. 6. Virts, Cristoforetti, and Shkaplerov will launch […]