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Next Launch AsiaSat-6 on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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27 Aug 14 4:50:00 GMT
27 Aug 14 0:50:00 EDT

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ATK Completes Critical Design Review for Five-Segment SLS Rocket Booster

ATK’s five-segment solid rocket booster will power America’s new rocket, NASA’s Space Launch System, which is on track to launch in 2017. Photo Credit: PRNewsFoto/ATK

When NASA’s giant 320-foot-tall Space Launch System (SLS) rocket flies its first unmanned Orion/SLS flight test in 2017, one of the most noticeable—if not the most noticeable—characteristics of the launch [...]

'Nothing So Hidden': ESA's Rosetta Meets Its Target Comet After Decade-Long Journey

From the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Facebook page: “Taken by Rosetta and downloaded today, 6 August. The image shows the comet’s ‘head’ at the left of the frame, which is casting shadow onto the ‘neck’ and ‘body’ to the right. Taken from a distance of 120 km with a resolution is 2.2 m per [...]

SpaceX to Build World’s First Commercial Space Launch Complex in South Texas

Artist’s concept of SpaceX’s Boca Chica commercial launch site in Brownsville, Texas. Image Credit: SpaceX

Though the news comes as no surprise, it has now been made official: SpaceX will build their commercial space launch site at Boca Chica Beach in Brownsville, Texas. The deal, which came via a press release from Texas Governor [...]

SpaceX Prepares to Score Two 'Personal Bests' With AsiaSat-8 Launch

The AsiaSat-8 payload undergoes Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR) testing earlier this year. Photo Credit: AsiaSat

Close to a quarter-century of powerful geostationary communications capability for southern and southeastern Asia, together with China, India, and parts of the Middle East, is set to continue with the planned launch of SpaceX’s sixth Falcon 9 v1.1 [...]

Finishing the Marathon: Rosetta Approaches Target Comet, Set for August 6 Orbital Insertion

From the European Space Agency (ESA): “The nucleus of Rosetta’s target comet seen from a distance of 1950 km on 29 July 2014. One pixel corresponds to about 37 m in this narrow-angle camera view. The bright neck between the two lobes of the nucleus is becoming more and more distinct.” Image Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS [...]

Atlas V Successfully Launches Third GPS Satellite of 2014

Stunning perspective of the Atlas V launch, carrying the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-7 satellite into orbit. Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

In stark contrast to the primarily weather-related delays which plagued its predecessor, the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-4 mission, United Launch Alliance (ULA) scored an impressive, on-time liftoff of its ninth flight of [...]

NASA Extends SpaceX CCiCap Award Period Into 2015, Splits Up Company's Critical Design Review Milestone

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket is seen here on its maiden voyage on Sept. 29, 2013. Recently NASA granted SpaceX’s request to extend their CCiCap award period from August 2014 to March 2015, and split the company’s Milestone 13 Critical Design Review into four separate milestones. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher

NASA’s Commercial Crew integrated [...]

'Miles and Miles and Miles': Opportunity Sets New Off-World Distance Milestone

Simulated image of Opportunity at work in Endurance crater. The “little Mars rover that could” recently surpassed a 41-year-old “off-world” distance record. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

Astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad famously quipped as he stepped upon the Moon’s surface, “Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small [step] for Neil [Armstrong], but that’s a long [...]

Popular Astronaut Mike Massimino Departs NASA for Position at Columbia University

NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino onboard the Space Shuttle Columbia during his first mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope in March 2002. Massimino left the space agency this week and is returning to his Alma mater, Columbia University, for a full-time position. Photo Credit: NASA

This week, after nearly two decades with NASA, one of the [...]

'A Woman in the Driver's Seat': Remembering STS-93, First Flight Helmed by a Female Shuttle Commander

The STS-93 crew poses with a model of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. This shuttle mission also entered into the history books for having the first female commander (Eileen Collins, here joined by Steven Hawley, Jerry Ashby, Michel Tognini, and Cady Coleman). Photo Credit: NASA

The 2009 book Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to [...]