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 […]

Astronauts Feustel and Arnold to Kick Off 5.5-Month ISS Expedition With 29 March Spacewalk

Veteran spacewalker Drew Feustel will serve as EV1 on the 29 March spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS). Photo Credit: NASA

Less than a week after their scheduled 23 March arrival at the International Space Station (ISS), Expedition 55/56 astronauts Drew Feustel (EV1) and Ricky Arnold (EV2) will participate in a 6.5-hour Extravehicular […]

'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 […]

‘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 […]

Torn Apart at Birth: 70 Years Since the Discovery of Miranda, Mysterious Moon Viewed by Voyager 2

Uranus’ moon Miranda shows signs of past geological activity, with deep canyons and other chaotic terrain. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Seventy years ago, the existence of a new world was added to the growing vault of human knowledge. More than 1.8 billion miles (2.9 billion km) from Earth, circling the gaseous planet Uranus, its small […]

Paz Radar-Imaging Satellite Heads to Polar Orbit, Mr. Steven Attempts Fairing Recovery

The Upgraded Falcon 9 spears away from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Four launches within the first eight weeks of the year is an impressive accomplishment, as SpaceX successfully lofted Spain’s Paz civil/military radar-imaging satellite into low-Earth orbit, earlier today (Thursday, 22 February), from Space Launch […]

'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/

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 […]

U.S.-Japanese Spacewalking Team Wraps Up Replacement of Canadarm2 'Hands'

Astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Norishige Kanai spent five hours and 57 minutes outside the International Space Station (ISS) on U.S. EVA-48. Photo Credit: NASA/Twitter

The spectacular sight of the Sun rising from behind the limb of the Home Planet was closely mirrored by the “circle of the Sun” on the sleeve of an […]

Former Bomber Commander, Second European ISS Skipper and Cuban-American Flight Surgeon Prepare for June Launch to Space Station

The Soyuz MS-09 crew (from left) comprises Alexander Gerst of Germany, Sergei Prokopiev of Russia and U.S. astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

Three spacefarers from three nations, including a former Russian Air Force strategic bomber pilot, the second European commander of the International Space Station (ISS) and a Cuban-American flight surgeon recently […]