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Next Launch ABS 3A on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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2 Mar 15 3:50:00 GMT
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Expedition 42 Spacewalkers 'Wire Up' Space Station for New Communications Infrastructure

Barry “Butch” Wilmore now stands as the 58th most experienced spacewalker in the world, out of 211 men and women who have ventured outside their craft since March 1965. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA astronauts Terry Virts (EV1) and Barry “Butch” Wilmore (EV2) have completed the third and final spacewalk of Expedition 42, establishing and […]

Now You Don't: 25 Years Since the Mysterious Mission of STS-36 (Part 2)

Atlantis rockets into the night on 28 February 1990, headed for the shuttle’s first “dogleg” maneuver and the highest orbital inclination ever attained by a U.S. piloted spacecraft. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

A quarter-century has now passed since one of the quietest missions in the shuttle’s 30-year operational history. On 28 February […]

Despite Water in Helmet Incident, EVA-31 Remains 'Go' for Sunday

The Sun peeks above the limb of Earth, illuminating Expedition 42 spacewalker Terry Virts during last week’s EVA-29. Photo Credit: NASA

After a spectacular run of two EVAs, lasting a cumulative 13 hours and 24 minutes, over the last week, Expedition 42 astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Terry Virts will venture outside the International […]

Now You See It: 25 Years Since the Mysterious Mission of STS-36 (Part 1)

The official crew patch for shuttle mission STS-36, which launched 25 years ago today, on 28 February 1990. Image Credit: NASA

Something strange happened in March 1990. Ground-based observers were busy tracking the orbital progress of a classified Department of Defense payload, recently deployed by the crew of Shuttle Atlantis on STS-36—Commander John “J.O.” […]

Spacewalkers Complete Cable Work, Lubricate Robot Arm, and Prepare ISS for Busy 2015

Captured by the cameras on Canadarm2, Terry Virts presses on with his lubrication task during EVA-30. Photo Credit: NASA

Expedition 42 spacewalkers Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Terry Virts returned inside the International Space Station (ISS) at 1:29 p.m. EST Wednesday, 25 February, wrapping up six hours and 43 minutes of multi-faceted activity on EVA-30. […]

Historic Satellite Retrieved by Three-Person Shuttle Spacewalk Ends its Life, According to Intelsat

Its new booster securely fitted, Intelsat 603 drifts away from Endeavour’s payload bay. After insertion into geosynchronous orbit, the satellite was instrumental in providing television coverage of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost a quarter-century since its launch, and more than two decades since shuttle astronauts triumphantly snatched it from an unusable […]

Orion: Lessons Learned on EFT-1 and Moving Forward to EM-1

Whole capsule view of Orion heat shield and compression pads during homecoming event for NASA’s first Orion spacecraft after returning to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Dec. 19, 2014. Orion launched successfully on Dec. 5, 2014 and was recovered from the Pacific Ocean by the U.S. Navy . Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/AmericaSpace

Contractors […]

Plant Studies, Imaging Operations, and Spacewalks Highlight Busy Week in Orbit for Expedition 42

NASA astronauts Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts preparing the International Space Station for commercial crew traffic, which will begin flying to and from the orbiting outpost in the not too distant future. Photo Credit: NASA

SPACE STATION WEEKLY UPDATE Feb. 16 – Feb. 22, 2015: Last week the astronauts aboard the Internation Space Station (ISS) […]

After Triumphant EVA-29, NASA Looks Ahead to Challenging EVA-30 on Wednesday

The key players in Wednesday’s EVA-30 will be Barry “Butch” Wilmore (right) and Terry Virts, with Samantha Cristoforetti (center) as the Intravehicular (IV) crew member and operator of the 57.7-foot-long (17.6-meter) Canadarm2. Photo Credit: NASA

Following hard on the heels of Saturday’s triumphant EVA-29—during which Expedition 42 astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Terry Virts spent […]

The Flight That Wasn't: 30 Years Since the Unflown Mission 51E (Part 2)

In its third incarnation, the mission of Karol “Bo” Bobko finally takes flight on 12 April 1985. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Three decades ago, the shuttle program appeared bulletproof. In 1984, astronauts embarked on untethered EVAs, deployed satellites and performed scientific research, retrieved and repaired the crippled Solar Max observatory, and salvaged […]