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'Poyekhali!' Remembering Our First Space Voyager (Part 2)

Yuri Gagarin (left) was proudly displayed to the world by a joyful Nikita Khrushchev (right), who recognized the political and ideological advantage which his flight had acquired over the United States. Photo Credit: Roscosmos/The Telegraph

The location at which the feet of Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin—the first human ever to break the bonds of Earth [...]

'Poyekhali!' Remembering Our First Space Voyager (Part 1)

Clad in his orange space suit, Yuri Gagain appears pensive in this image recorded during his journey to the launch pad on 12 April 1961. Photo Credit: Roscomos

In the early hours of 11 April 1961—more than five decades ago—an enormous booster trundled humanity’s first manned spacecraft to its launch site in a barren [...]

The Future That Wasn't: The Hermes Spaceplane

Hermes, Europe’s spaceplane, is depicted coasting in orbit in an artist’s rendering. Image Credit: European Space Agency (ESA)

The prose in the 1986 Aerospatiale advertisement was breathless: “10 years old, and still 20 years ahead,” it started. The ad continued, “At Aerospatiale, addressing the exciting aerospace challenges of tomorrow means capitalizing on the daring [...]

Atlas V Launches Classified NROL-67 Satellite Into Orbit

Not since the flight of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and the Curiosity rover in November 2011 has the powerful Atlas V 541 supported a launch. Today’s flight of NROL-67 is only the second 541 launch ever conducted by United Launch Alliance. Photo Credit: ULA, with thanks to Mike Barrett

The Eastern Range has [...]

'Express Delivery' Progress M-23M Arrives Safely at Space Station - UPDATE

Turning night into day across the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Progress M-23M roars toward orbit after a spectacular liftoff at 9:26 p.m. local time (11:26 a.m. EDT) Wednesday, 9 April. Photo Credit: Roscosmos, with thanks to Mike Barrett

Russia’s Progress M-23M spacecraft has turned night into day across the Baikonur Cosmodrome, rocketing away from the central [...]

Delayed Atlas V Ready for Classified NROL-67 Mission Thursday

After multiple delays, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is primed to launch the classified NROL-67 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office on Thursday, 10 April. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters

More than two weeks later than planned, the Eastern Range is primed to support two launches from Space Launch Complexes (SLC)-40 and 41 at [...]

Progress M-23M Ready for Wednesday Launch to Space Station

The Progress M-23M cargo craft is readied for launch at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

Following a comparatively brief two months docked at the International Space Station (ISS), Russia’s Progress M-22M cargo craft—also known as “Progress 54P” in ISS Program-speak—successfully separated from the orbital outpost at 9:58 a.m. EDT yesterday (Monday). It [...]

Fixing Solar Max: 30 Years Since Mission 41C (Part 2)

Backdropped by the glorious Earth, Challenger drifts serenely with Solar Max secured in her payload bay. Photo Credit: SpaceFacts.de

Thirty years ago today (6 April 1984), the shuttle launched on arguably its most ambitious mission to date: a mission which would demonstrate the reusable orbiter’s capabilities of rendezvous, retrieval, satellite repair, and spacewalking with [...]

Fixing Solar Max: 30 Years Since Mission 41C (Part 1)

Thirty years ago this week, Mission 41C put the shuttle’s capabilities to the test. In a single flight, the reusable vehicle demonstrated its capacity to support satellite deployment and retrieval, rendezvous and proximity operations, untethered spacewalking and robotics … and served as a highlight of the ingenuity of the human spirit. Photo Credit: SpaceFacts.de

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Arianespace Soyuz-Fregat Delivers European Radar-Imaging Satellite Into Orbit

The Soyuz-Fregat vehicle launches the Sentinel-1A radar-imaging satellite at 6:02 p.m. GFT (5:02 p.m. EDT) Thursday, 3 April. Photo Credit: Arianespace

Arianespace—the Paris, France-headquartered launch services organization, which operates Ariane, Vega, and Soyuz vehicles from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana—has successfully lofted Europe’s Sentinel-1A radar-imaging satellite into orbit. Liftoff of Arianespace’s [...]