Record-Setting Dragon Returns to Earth, as Record-Setting Year Gathers Pace

The CRS-6 Dragon spacecraft is robotically detached from the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, 21 May, by Expedition 43 astronauts Terry Virts and Scott Kelly. Photo Credit: Terry Virts/Twitter/NASA

SpaceX has triumphantly reached the halfway mark in its initial $1.6 billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA, by successfully bringing its CRS-6 […]

'The Right Man': Remembering Gordon Cooper's Faith 7 Mission (Part 2)

Faith 7 descends to a splashdown on 16 May 1963, after Project Mercury’s longest mission of 34 hours. Photo Credit: NASA

Early on 14 May 1963, a hotshot pilot lay on his back in a tiny capsule, atop a converted ballistic missile, and steeled himself to be blasted into space. On Project Mercury’s final […]

'How About Now?' Remembering Gordon Cooper's Faith 7 Mission (Part 1)

Gordon Cooper is extracted from the Faith 7 capsule, on the deck of the USS Kearsarge on 16 May 1963. The astronaut’s 34-hour, 22-orbit mission proved as colorful as Cooper himself. Photo Credit: NASA

More than a half-century ago, on 15 May 1963, America launched astronaut Gordon Cooper on its longest manned space mission […]

ISS Ready for Major Reconfiguration Effort as Leonardo PMM Relocation Moves Forward to 27 May

Barry “Butch” Wilmore heads toward the forward Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) on the Tranquility node, during EVA-30 in February 2015. His efforts served to prepare this interface for future ISS expansion. That expansion will take place during the One-Year Mission, when the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) is located at Tranquility forward. Photo Credit: […]

NASA, ESA Confirm Soyuz TMA-15M Landing Delay; Sarah Brightman Postpones Mission

Passing their 100th day in space in the first week of March, the Soyuz TMA-15M crew of (from left) Terry Virts, Samantha Cristoforetti and Anton Shkaplerov could hardly have imagined that they would remain aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for up to 200 days. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA and its International Partners (IPs) […]

After EFT-1, Orion Crew Module Subjected to Intense Heat Shield Inspection

Engineers from NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, remove segments of a heat-resistant material called Avcoat from the surface of the Orion heat shield, the protective shell designed to help the next-generation crew module and its future occupants withstand the heat of atmospheric […]

'Big Mental Switch': Remembering Shuttle Endeavour's Maiden Voyage (Part 2)

With the possible exception of Columbia and the very first space shuttle mission, few orbiters had as dramatic and exciting a maiden voyage as Endeavour. On STS-49, she provided a reliable stage for the longest EVA in history and the first three-man EVA in history. Despite the trials and tribulations of the flight, she […]

Cristoforetti Set for Endurance Record, as Expedition 43 Return Reportedly Delayed to Mid-June

If Soyuz TMA-15M’s return date moves to the 11-13 June timeframe, Samantha Cristoforetti will establish a new record for the longest single space mission ever undertaken by a woman. Photo Credit: NASA

Only days before their scheduled 13-14 May return to Earth, it is understood that Soyuz TMA-15M crew members—and the “core” of the […]

'Where We Either Succeeded or Failed': Remembering Shuttle Endeavour's Maiden Voyage (Part 1)

In the first, and so far only, three-person EVA, astronauts Rick Hieb, Tom Akers and Pierre Thuot manhandle Intelsat 603 into Endeavour’s payload bay for the attachment of a new rocket motor. Photo Credit: NASA

“Ready. Ready. Grab!”

The words of Rick Hieb echoed through the silent Mission Control Center (MCC) at the Johnson […]

PHOTOS: SpaceX Successfully Completes Rapid Pad Abort Test From Cape Canaveral

More than 120,000 pounds (54,430 kg) of propulsive yield from eight SuperDraco thrusters pulled the Dragon spacecraft to an altitude of 5,000 feet (1,500 meters), ahead of a perfect oceanic splashdown. Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

SpaceX has successfully conducted its long-awaited Pad Abort Test of a mockup Crew Dragon spacecraft, ahead of the In-Flight […]