Ten Years of Dawn: A Decade of Operations for Humanity's First Double-Orbiter

This artist’s concept shows NASA’s Dawn spacecraft heading toward the dwarf planet Ceres. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

“I’m ecstatic,” said Sarah Gavit of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in December 2001, when the space agency announced that the Dawn mission to orbit and explore the dwarf planets Ceres and Vesta—a pair of worlds deep within the […]

And Then Silence: 25 Years Since the Rise and Fall of Mars Observer

What might have been? Artist’s concept of Mars Observer in orbit around the Red Planet. Image Credit: NASA

“Range Safety Command Destruct System has been armed…fuel valves are now being opened…”

It was Friday, 25 September 1992—a quarter-century ago—as NASA counted down the final moments on Earth of its first voyage to the Red […]

Expedition 53 Ready to Expand to Six-Man Strength With Soyuz MS-06 Launch

Soyuz MS-06 launches from Site 1/5 at Baikonur, three weeks shy of the 60th anniversary since Sputnik 1 rose from the same complex. Photo Credit: NASA/Twitter

Three new crew members are en-route to the International Space Station (ISS), following an on-time launch of Soyuz MS-06 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Liftoff of Russian […]

Whitson and Fischer Discuss Record-Setting Multi-Month ISS Increment

A week after returning from space, Jack Fischer has accrued 136 days in orbit from his first mission. Peggy Whitson, meanwhile, now stands as the world’s eighth most experienced spacefarer, with 665 days across her three missions. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

A week since their return from low-Earth orbit, Expedition 52 astronauts Peggy Whitson […]

'Sitting On A Controlled Explosion': 25 Years Since the Space Shuttle's Half-Century Mission

 

Endeavour roars aloft, 25 years ago, this week, for the Space Shuttle’s 50th flight. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Twenty-five years ago, this week, Space Shuttle Endeavour—the youngest member of NASA’s fleet of orbiter vehicles, built to replace the ill-fated Challenger—rocketed away from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, on a […]

Whitson Sets Endurance, EVA Records for Women, Wraps Up Ten-Month Space Station Expedition

Wrapping up the third long-duration mission of her career, Peggy Whitson has now spent over 665 days of her life away from Planet Earth. Photo Credit: NASA

The world’s most experienced female space traveler is tonight enjoying her first full day back on Earth, after returning from a third trip to the International Space […]

Bresnik Becomes First Marine Corps Officer to Command Space Station

Five weeks into his second space mission, Randy Bresnik today became the first U.S. Marine Corps officer to command the International Space Station (ISS). Photo Credit: Randy Bresnik/NASA/Twitter

You might be forgiven for wondering why the Marine Corps Hymn was piped into the cabin of the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft on the launch pad at […]

Launching in the Rain: The Delays and Ascent of Mission 51I

On the cusp of daybreak, Mission 51I spreads its wings on 27 August 1985, kicking off one of the most dramatic Shuttle flights in history. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty-two years ago, today, Space Shuttle Discovery roared into the pre-dawn darkness from historic Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), on an ambitious mission […]

SpaceX Launches Lightweight Formosat-5 to Orbit, Returns for Third West Coast ASDS Landing

The Upgraded Falcon 9 rises into the gloom at 11:51 a.m. PDT on Thursday, 24 August. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher/AmericaSpace

SpaceX successfully delivered one of its smallest primary payloads into orbit, early Thursday, 24 August, when a mammoth Upgraded Falcon 9 booster lifted off from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-4E at Vandenberg Air Force […]

Taiwan's First Home-Grown Remote-Sensing Satellite Stands Ready for Thursday Falcon 9 Launch

The Upgraded Falcon 9’s nine Merlin 1D+ engines burn furiously for 3.5 seconds on Saturday, 19 August, ahead of the Formosat 5 mission. Photo Credit: SpaceX/Twitter

Taiwan’s first fully home-grown satellite, Formosat-5, will hitch a ride to orbit on Thursday, 24 August, as SpaceX ratchets its flight rate back up after a summer of […]