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Next Launch TMA-16M on a Soyuz-FG rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
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27 Mar 15 19:42:59 GMT
28 Mar 15 1:42:59 ALMT
27 Mar 15 15:42:59 Eastern

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ULA Delivers Four-Spacecraft Flotilla on Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully flown its highly reliable Atlas V booster out of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., to deliver the four-spacecraft flotilla of NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) into a Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO) to explore the microphysics of “magnetic reconnection,” a process which converts magnetic energy into heat and […]

Soyuz TMA-14M Crew Returns to Earth After 167-Day Mission

Tired but healthy and undoubtedly glad to be home, the Soyuz TMA-14M crew of (from left) Yelena Serova, Aleksandr Samokutyayev, and Barry “Butch” Wilmore spent 167 days in orbit during Expedition 41/42. Photo Credit: NASA

In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the No. 42 may be the answer to the unknowable question, but […]

Atlas V Ready for Thursday Night Launch to Deliver NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) to Orbit

Two of four mated NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) observatories up close look at solar arrays and science instruments in the cleanroom at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., on May 12, 2014. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com

United Launch Alliance (ULA) stands ready to conduct its third mission in as many months on the […]

Soyuz TMA-14M Crew to Depart Space Station Wednesday After 5.5-Month Mission

Barry “Butch” Wilmore (left) will hand over command of the International Space Station (ISS) to Terry Virts (right) on Tuesday, 10 March, ahead of his crew’s return to Earth. This ceremony will officially end Expedition 42 and mark the beginning of Expedition 43. Photo Credit: NASA

After more than five months in orbit, Soyuz […]

'Instant Daylight': 20 Years Since the Record-Setting Mission of STS-67 (Part 1)

Commander Steve Oswald leads the STS-67 crew out of the Operations and Checkout Building on the late evening of 1 March 1995, bound for a liftoff in the small hours of the following morning. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty years ago, this week, seven astronauts, including four professional astronomers, were midway through what turned out […]

The Coming of SMAP, Part Two: SMAP, Aquarius, and Our Planet’s Water Cycle

The launch of NASA’s latest Earth Science mission, the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission, atop a United Launch Alliance Delta-II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Jan. 31, 2015. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

Story and Interviews by Chris Howell, with: Dr. Simon Yueh, JPL SMAP Senior Research Scientist Dr. […]

SpaceX Achieves Three-for-Three, With Nocturnal Launch of Two Communications Satellites

For the third time in 2015, a SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 streaks into the Florida sky. Sunday night’s mission successfully delivered two payloads into Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

SpaceX has triumphantly accomplished “Three for Three,” delivering a third mission to space in as many months, as the Hawthorne, Calif.-based launch […]

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.” […]

SpaceX Ready for First Dual-Satellite Mission to Geostationary Orbit on Sunday

The ABS-3A and Eutelsat 115 West B satellites being readied for a March 1, 2015 launch attempt atop a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Photo Credit: Boeing

Having completed a successful Static Fire Test of the nine Merlin 1D first-stage engines on its Falcon 9 v1.1 booster on Wednesday, […]

Alexei Gubarev, Commander of First International Mission to Space Station, Dies Aged 83

 

The first “international” crew aboard the Salyut 6 space station in March 1978 consisted of (from left) Vladimir Remek, Alexei Gubarev, Georgi Grechko, and Yuri Romanenko. Gubarev and Grechko had previously flown together to Salyut 4 in early 1975. Photo Credit: Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Former cosmonaut Alexei Gubarev—who commanded a month-long mission to the […]