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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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The Sea of Enceladus: Cassini Confirms Underground Ocean on Saturn's Geyser Moon

Diagram of what the interior of Enceladus is now thought to look like, with the icy outer shell, liquid water ocean, and inner rocky core. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech

Coming just after the news of the ringed asteroid and new dwarf planet, some more exciting news from the outer Solar System was announced [...]

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 [...]

Atlas V Successfully Launches Military Weather Satellite Into Near-Polar Orbit

 

Today’s spectacular launch was the 80th by a United Launch Alliance (ULA) vehicle since the company’s formation in December 2006. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully staged its 80th mission since the company was formed in December 2006. Liftoff of the venerable Atlas V booster—flying in its “401″ [...]

ESA's Rosetta Lander Awake After Long Slumber, Ready for Science

From the European Space Agency: “Artist’s impression of Philae descending to the surface of comet 67P/CG.” Image Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced that a crucial part of its long-slumbering Rosetta spacecraft—its Philae lander—was successfully reactivated Friday, March 28. This comes over two months after the spacecraft as a whole was [...]

Atlas V to Launch Military Weather Satellite From Vandenberg Air Force Base Thursday

 

An Atlas V 401 was also employed to launch the last DMSP mission, Block 5D3 Flight 18, in October 2009. Photo Credit: ULA

With its NROL-67 mission currently grounded at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, due to ongoing problems in the aftermath of a radar tracking system fire, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is [...]

'Quiet as a Crypt': The Shuttle Launch Pad Aborts (Part 1)

Close-up view of Discovery’s three main engines—still exhibiting evidence of scorching from their momentary ignition on 26 June 1984—in the wake of the shuttle program’s first RSLS abort. Photo Credit: NASA

Throughout its 30-year career—consciously or unconsciously—the space shuttle was acknowledged to be one of the most dangerous piloted space vehicles ever brought to [...]

Soyuz TMA-12M Arrives at Space Station After Two-Day Extended Rendezvous

With the arrival of the Soyuz TMA-12M crew, Expedition 39 aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has expanded to six members. Seated are Swanson (left) and Commander Koichi Wakata, with flight engineers Oleg Artemyev, Aleksandr Skvortsov, Mikhail Tyurin, and Rick Mastracchio standing. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost two days later than planned, Soyuz TMA-12M and [...]