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Next Launch GPS IIF-7 on a Atlas V 401 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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'Silent, Except for the Wind': 30 Years Since the Maiden Countdown of Discovery (Part 1)

Thirty years ago, this week, Discovery prepared for her maiden voyage and the third shuttle flight of 1984. On 26 June, it brought NASA face to face with the harsh nature of launching humans into space. Photo Credit: NASA

“T-31 seconds … We have a Go for autosequence start … Discovery’s computers now taking [...]

SpaceX Scrubs OG-2 Launch Attempt for Concerns Over Pre-Flight Checks, Next Try NET July

After three fruitless launch attempts, SpaceX will now target Tuesday, 24 June, as its next opportunity to loft six OG-2 satellites for Orbcomm, Inc. Photo Credit: John Studwell

UPDATED 6/23/14 AT 5:00 P.M. EDT - SpaceX needs additional time to assess a potential issue that was identified during pre-flight checkouts during Sunday’s Falcon-9 OG2 launch attempt. Will [...]

'Freeze the Sim': The Unflown International Mission of STS-61H (Part 2)

The infamous image, flashed around the world on 28 January 1986, immediately after Challenger’s tragic destruction. The disaster stalled the shuttle program for almost three years and all crews, including 61H, were stood down. Photo Credit: NASA

The beginning of the end of Mission 61H came on 28 January 1986, when Challenger and her [...]

Mission: Invisible? SpaceX's Non-Webcasted OG-2 Mission Scrubbed by Poor Weather

SpaceX’s third Falcon 9 v1.1 mission of 2014 must wait a little longer, following Saturday’s weather delay. Photo Credit: John Studwell

After many delays—including yesterday’s down-to-the-wire launch attempt, scrubbed in its final minutes, following an anomalous “pressure decrease” in the second stage of the Falcon 9 v1.1 booster—SpaceX fell foul Cape Canaveral’s dynamic weather [...]

'Neat People': The Unflown International Mission of STS-61H (Part 1)

The view of the Home Planet from low-Earth orbit has been enjoyed by relatively few humans. Had the hands of fate turned more kindly, in June 1986 it might have been witnessed by a crew of U.S., British, and Indonesian astronauts. Photo Credit: NASA/Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

It has been almost a quarter of a century [...]

Second Stage 'Pressure Decrease' Issue Scrubs Falcon 9 Launch Attempt

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 must wait a little longer to deliver Orbcomm’s first six OG-2 satellites into orbit. Photo Credit: Ken Kremer

Six Orbcomm Generation-2 (OG-2) satellites must wait a little longer for their ride into low-Earth orbit, as SpaceX identified an apparent “pressure decrease” in the second stage of its Falcon 9 v1.1 [...]

Long-Delayed Falcon 9 Ready to Boost Six OG-2 Satellites on Friday, 20 June

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 stands ready for its static hot-fire test on Friday, 13 June. Photo Credit: Ken Kremer

After many delays, SpaceX is ready to launch its fifth Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket on Friday, 20 June, with liftoff currently scheduled to occur at 6:08 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral [...]

'The Sultans of Space': The Multi-Cultural Mission of STS-51G (Part 2)

Pictured on Discovery’s aft flight deck, the STS-51G crew featured three discrete sovereign nations for the first time in shuttle history. Front row, from left, are John Creighton, Shannon Lucid, and Dan Brandenstein, with Sultan Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, Steve Nagel, John Fabian, and Patrick Baudry in the background. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost three decades ago, [...]

'The Sultans of Space': The Multi-Cultural Mission of STS-51G (Part 1)

By the end of his seven days in space, Sultan Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud had given up looking for his own country, or even his own continent, and came to realize that all humans belonged to just “One World.” It is a message which continues to resonate today. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost three decades ago, on [...]

Date With an Alligator: The Trials of Gemini IX-A (Part 2)

Gene Cernan’s EVA was the longest to date, by far the most complex … and intrinsically hazardous. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost five decades ago, one of the hairiest and most difficult missions in America’s space history unfolded. Gemini IX-A was already complex—a three-day flight, involving rendezvous, docking, maneuvering, and spacewalking—but had endured additional challenges: [...]