Orbital ATK Purchases Second Atlas-V From ULA, Prepares for Return to Space Station

The first two RDR-181 engines are installed on a modified Antares core stage. Photo Credit: NASA / Terry Zaperach

The first two RDR-181 engines are installed on a modified Antares core stage. Photo Credit: NASA / Terry Zaperach

While Orbital ATK remains on track to return their Antares rocket to flight early next year, the company announced it will purchase a second Atlas-V rocket from United Launch Alliance (ULA) to fly an additional […]

Smooth Sailing, Mr. O: 10 Years Since the Launch of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is depicted in orbit above Mars with its large solar arrays and Earth communications dish at top. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

After more than 40,000 orbits of the Red Planet, NASA’s $720 million Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)—launched 10 years ago today, on 12 August 2005—is showing no signs of slowing […]

Frustrated Bolden Urges Congress to Fund Commercial Crew, Announces $490 Million Contract Modification With Russia

Under Wednesday’s contract extension with Roscosmos, the Soyuz TMA-M and Soyuz MS spacecraft will continue to deliver U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), potentially through 2019. Photo Credit: Samantha Cristoforetti/NASA/Twitter

It was difficult to miss the frustration in NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden’s words, as he submitted a letter to the leadership of the […]

CST-100 Spacecraft Development Moves Forward in Former Shuttle Hangar

One of two pressurized domes for the “shell” of the Structural Test Article (STA) of Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft undergoes checkout. Photo Credit: NASA

Less than a year since winning a $4.2 billion slice of the $6.8 billion Commercial Crew transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract—the current phase of NASA’s effort to return U.S. astronauts to space, […]

All-Civilian Soyuz TMA-17M Crew Ready for Wednesday Launch to Space Station (Part 2)

The Soyuz TMA-17M prime and backup crews participate in a traditional tree-planting ceremony, ahead of launch. From left are Tim Peake, Tim Kopra, Yuri Malenchenko, Oleg Kononenko, Kimiya Yui, and Kjell Lindgren. Photo Credit: NASA

Three new spacefarers will rocket toward the International Space Station (ISS) tomorrow (Wednesday, 22 July), destined to spend about […]

All-Civilian Soyuz TMA-17M Crew Ready for Wednesday Launch to Space Station (Part 1)

Soyuz TMA-17M Commander Oleg Kononenko (center) will be embarking on his third long-duration voyage to the International Space Station (ISS). By contrast, Flight Engineer-1 Kimiya Yui (right) and Flight Engineer-2 Kjell Lindgren are making their first flights. Photo Credit: NASA

Clad in dark civilian suits, three soon-to-be spacefarers descended the aircraft steps at Baikonur […]

Two Days to Pluto: Guiding New Horizons to the Solar System's Ragged Edge (Part 2)

Whether a dwarf planet, plutoid, trans-Neptunian object or Kuiper Belt object, Pluto has emerged from the gloom to reveal her secrets. Image Credit: NASA-JHUAPL-SWRI

We’re nearly there.

Eighty-five years after it was first identified by U.S. astronomer Clyde Tombaugh and subsequently named by English schoolgirl Venetia Burney, 39 years since its surface was first […]

Three Days to Pluto: Guiding New Horizons to the Solar System's Ragged Edge (Part 1)

Artist’s concept of the New Horizons spacecraft during its planned encounter with Pluto and its moon, Charon. Image Credit: NASA

After 9.5 years, 114 months, more than 490 weeks, and around 3,500 days since launch, NASA’s New Horizons mission is now into double-figure-hours as it initiates the final countdown toward a historic rendezvous on […]

Preparations Underway at Wallops for Orbital ATK Antares Return to Flight

An aerial view of Launch Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport shows construction progress as of June 29, 2015.
Photo Credit: Elliot Severn / AmericaSpace

An aerial view of Launch Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport shows construction progress as of June 29, 2015.Photo Credit: Elliot Severn / AmericaSpace

Seven months after an Antares rocket carrying the doomed Orb-3 mission plummeted onto its launch pad, reconstruction efforts are in full swing in preparation for the rocket’s return to […]

Two Weeks to Pluto: New Horizons and New Perspectives (Part 2)

Technicians working on the New Horizons spacecraft in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The black shape of the Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) is clearly visible at left. Photo Credit: NASA/KSC

Sixteen days from now, the first robotic emissary from Earth will encounter the dwarf world Pluto, its […]