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Next Launch GPS IIF-8 on a Atlas V 401 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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29 Oct 14 17:21:00 GMT
29 Oct 14 13:21:00 EDT

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Rosetta Reaches Comet Lander Delivery Orbit

Rosetta & Philae at comet 67P. Credit: ESA–C. Carreau/ATG medialab

Europe’s Rosetta orbiter has reached the orbit from which it will dispatch the small Philae lander to touchdown on the ‘head’ of a comet for the first time in human history.

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BREAKING: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Breaks Up, Crashes Over California Desert

From Cory Bergman (@corybe) on Twitter: “Photo of #SpaceShipTwo debris from @ABC23News’ helicopter.” Image Credit: @ABC23News and @corybe on Twitter

This morning over the desert in Mojave, California, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, designed to ferry tourists to altitudes of 62 miles above Earth, broke up in flight shortly after firing its engines resulting in a [...]

Rough Cosmic Waters: Chandra X-ray Observatory Reveals 'Turbulent' Effect of Black Holes

From NASA: “Chandra observations of the Perseus and Virgo galaxy clusters suggest turbulence may be preventing hot gas there from cooling, addressing a long-standing question of galaxy clusters do not form large numbers of stars.” Image Credit: NASA/CXC/Stanford/I. Zhuravleva et al

This week, NASA announced that the Chandra X-ray Observatory, now in its 15th [...]

Investigators Complete Initial Assessment in Aftermath of Antares Explosion

An aerial view of the Wallops Island launch facilities taken by the Wallops Incident Response Team Oct. 29, following the failed launch attempt of Orbital Science Corp.’s Antares rocket Oct. 28.Image Credit: NASA/Terry Zaperach

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Incident Response Team completed their initial assessment of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island [...]

PRESS SITE VIDEO: Antares Explodes Seconds After Taking Flight to Space Station

Antares exploding just seconds after liftoff Monday evening on Wallops Island, Va. Photo Credit: Alex Polimeni / AmericaSpace

This evening everything seemed perfect for Orbital Sciences Corporation to launch their Antares rocket to deliver the Cygnus cargo resupply ship to the International Space Station; the weather was 100 percent GO, the range [...]

Wallops Personnel Safe After 'Catastrophic' Failure of ORB-3 Launch

Like a scene from a horror movie, Orbital’s dream of resupplying the International Space Station (ISS) crashes cruelly back to Earth. Photo Credit: NASA

Following a frustrating 24-hour delay, caused by the presence of an unauthorized watercraft in the Launch Danger Zone, the heart was torn from Orbital Sciences Corp. today (Tuesday, 28 October), [...]

Today's ORB-3 Cygnus Mission to Honor Legendary Astronaut Deke Slayton

Deke Slayton, one of the “Original Seven” Mercury astronauts, will be honored by having the ORB-3 mission named for him. Photo Credit: NASA

More than half a century ago, he was selected as one of America’s first seven Mercury astronauts. Almost four decades ago, after being controversially grounded by a suspected heart murmur, he [...]

A Mission of 'Almosts': Project Gemini's First Rendezvous in Space (Part 2)

Gemini VI crewmen Tom Stafford (left) and Wally Schirra are pictured during an emergency water egress exercise. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost 50 years ago, the United States almost staged its first rendezvous mission between unpiloted and piloted vehicles in low-Earth orbit. An Atlas-Agena target craft was almost successfully launched, yet failed to achieve orbit, [...]

Dragon Returns Home as SpaceX Eyes Dec. 9 for Next CRS Launch and F9 Booster Landing Attempt

Dragon splashes down into the Pacific Ocean some 300 miles west of Baja, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2014, at 3:38 p.m. EDT, bringing 3,276 lbs of cargo and science experiments back to Earth from the ISS. Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX officially closed out their fourth dedicated Dragon resupply mission for NASA today with a [...]

'Spaceship Deke Slayton' Set for Monday Launch to Space Station

The ORB-3 Cygnus undergoes final preparations at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island, Va., prior to its planned 27 October launch. Photo Credit: Orbital Sciences, Corp.

Orbital Sciences Corp. is ready to deliver its third Cygnus unpiloted cargo craft to the International Space Station (ISS), with liftoff of the ORB-3 mission scheduled [...]