Antares Launches Ninth Cygnus Cargo Delivery Mission to Space Station

The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A, Monday, May 21, 2018 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Orbital ATK’s ninth contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will deliver approximately 7,400 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the […]

Cygnus Raised for Pre-Dawn OA-9 Launch to Space Station Monday from Virginia

The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, is raised at launch Pad-0A, Friday, May 18, 2018 at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Antares will launch with the Cygnus spacecraft filled with 7,400 pounds of cargo for the International Space Station (ISS), including science experiments, crew supplies, and vehicle hardware. The […]

OA-8 Cygnus Mission to Honor Gene Cernan, 45 Years After Last Moonwalks

The OA-8 Cygnus, pictured in the clean room, with an image of its astronaut namesake, veteran Moonwalker Gene Cernan. Photo Credit: Elliot Severn/AmericaSpace

Only months before its purchase by Northrop Grumman is expected to be finalized, Orbital ATK plans to launch its next Cygnus cargo freighter (OA-8) to the International Space Station (ISS), no […]

Multi-National Soyuz MS-01 Crew Prepares for Weekend Return to Earth

“Skimming the horizon at sunset” was Kate Rubins’ description of this remarkable image of Soyuz MS-01, posted on Twitter on Monday, 24 October. Rubins and her crewmates Anatoli Ivanishin and Takuya Onishi will return home aboard this spacecraft over the coming weekend. Photo Credit: NASA/Kate Rubins/Twitter

Ten seconds shy of midnight EDT on Saturday, […]

Through the Lens: Antares Returns to Flight on OA-5 Mission for NASA

Long exposure of Antares blasting off from Wallops Island carrying the OA-5 mission. Photo Credit: Cole Ippoliti / AmericaSpace

On Monday night, Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket blasted off from Wallops Island, Va., for the first time in nearly two years since the Orb-3 launch accident. It marked the inaugural launch of the company’s new […]

New Improved Antares Conducts Successful Test Fire Ahead of July Return to Flight

Clouds of smoke billow above Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS). Following the ORB-3 failure in October 2014, repairs and modifications to the pad were completed in the fall of 2015. Photo Credit: Patrick J. Hendrickson/Highcamera.com

Nineteen months after the catastrophic loss of its ORB-3 mission—laden with a Cygnus cargo spacecraft, headed […]

As OA-4 Cygnus Departs, Commercial Cargo Providers Prepare for Busy Visiting Vehicle Manifest

The OA-4 Cygnus spacecraft is pictured high above Bolivia, just prior to release by Canadarm2. Photo Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly/Twitter

Friday morning’s unberthing and departure of Orbital ATK’s OA-4 Cygnus cargo ship from the International Space Station (ISS)—wrapping up the first U.S. visiting vehicle mission of 2016, as well as marking the longest stay-time of […]

'Familiar to Millions of Americans': 45 Years Since Apollo 14 (Part 4)

Bathed by the intense lunar sunlight, Antares sits on the undulating plain of Fra Mauro in February 1971. Photo Credit: NASA

For those of us born within the last four decades, the notion of looking up at the Moon and knowing that fellow human beings are living and working there has been as alien […]

'It's Been A Long Way': 45 Years Since Apollo 14 (Part 3)

The desolation of the Fra Mauro site and the tracks of the Mobile Equipment Transporter (MET), as captured by one of the Apollo 14 astronauts. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty-five years ago, last week, the sixth team of Apollo lunar explorers—and only the third to accomplish a landing on the Moon’s dusty surface—headed back to […]

'Fat as a Goose': 45 Years Since Apollo 14 (Part 2)

Al Shepard (foreground) and Ed Mitchell, pictured in the Lunar Module (LM) simulator during training. Photo Credit: NASA

A few hours after leaving Earth on 31 January 1971—45 years ago, this week—Apollo 14 seemed a charmed mission-in-progress, providing a stark contrast with its immediate predecessor, the ill-fated Apollo 13. As outlined in yesterday’s AmericaSpace […]