Rarely Used Heavyweight Atlas V Delivers Military AFSPC-11 Payload to High Orbit

Late day launch for ULA today, April 14, 2018, as Atlas V delivered the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-11 mission to orbit from Florida’s Space Coast. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

Pummeling the ground with an estimated 2.5 million pounds (1.1 million kg) of thrust, the largest and most powerful member of United […]

'Even Better at Night': 25 Years Since the Artificial Sunrise of STS-56

Twenty-five years ago, after one false start, Discovery roared into space to begin a mission of exploration for the Home Planet. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Twenty-five years ago, tonight, in the seconds leading up to 1:29 a.m. EDT on 8 April 1993, all eyes were on the three dark bells of Discovery’s […]

CRS-14 Dragon Kicks Off Multiple-Mission Month of Launches for SpaceX

A reused Upgraded Falcon 9 first stage and a reused Dragon take flight at 4:30 p.m. EDT Monday, 2 April 2018. Photo Credit: John Kraus/AmericaSpace

Kicking off a planned month-long run of missions from the East and West Coasts, which could see as many as five Upgraded Falcon 9 boosters spear for the heavens […]

'All You See Are Red Lights': 25 Years Since Columbia's Dramatic Aborted Launch Attempt

Columbia’s engines flare to life on 22 March 1993, a quarter-century ago, this week, in the third Redundant Set Launch Sequencer (RSLS) abort of the shuttle program. Photo Credit: NASA

A quarter-century ago, in March 1993, shuttle Columbia stood ready on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, awaiting liftoff on […]

Vanguard 1, Oldest Manmade Satellite, Turns 60 This Weekend

Conception of Vanguard 1, which remains in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) after a record-setting 60 years. Image Credit: National Space Science Data Center

These days, artificial satellites are built with longevity in mind. The latest NASA/NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-S)—launched earlier this month—is expected to remain in active service for up to 15 […]

'To Fly the First One': 40 Years Since the First Space Shuttle Crews

In March 1978, a “pool” of crew members were announced for the first four Orbital Flight Tests (OFTs) of the shuttle. At their initial press conference (from left) are Gordon Fullerton, Vance Brand, Jack Lousma, Fred Haise, Richard Truly, Joe Engle, Robert Crippen and John Young. Photo Credit: NASA

In the coming months, the […]

SpaceX Launches 50th Falcon 9 Overnight, Delivers Heavyweight Hispasat 30W-6 to Orbit

Falcon 9 launching March 6 with the heavyweight Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite, the 50th flight of the Falcon 9. Photo: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

For the sixth time in as many months, SpaceX sent one of its “Block 4” Upgraded Falcon 9 boosters out for a spin in the opening minutes of Tuesday morning […]

‘Trying to Do Her Job’: 20 Years Since the First Female Shuttle Commander Was Assigned

Eileen Collins was the first woman to make the cut as a Space Shuttle pilot and eventually the first female to command a crew of astronauts into orbit. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty years ago, this week, First Lady Hillary Clinton—flanked by President Bill Clinton to her left and NASA Administrator Dan Goldin to her […]

GOES-S Launches Atop Rarely Used Atlas V 541, Heads for West-Based Orbital Position for Weather Monitoring Role

The four solid-fueled boosters and single engine of the Atlas V Common Core Booster (CCB) flare as GOES-S departs for its mission. Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

Picking up the baton for what is expected to be one of its busiest years on record, United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully delivered the NASA/NOAA’s latest Geostationary […]

'Beautiful, Beautiful Moment': Ten Years Since Europe's Columbus Lab Arrived at Space Station

Spacewalker Rex Walheim works to outfit the exterior of Europe’s Columbus lab during STS-122, which launched ten years ago, this week. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Ten years ago, this month, Space Shuttle Atlantis sprang from historic Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, to kickstart the final phase of […]