Pad 39A, America's Moonport, Celebrates Over 100 Launches in 50 Years of Service

The launch of Apollo 11 on 16 July 1969 was arguably Pad 39A’s finest hour. Photo Credit: NASA

In a strange twist of irony, Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida was not originally meant to be named “39A” at all. Having supported its first launch, 50 years ago, last week, […]

Orbital ATK Honors Veterans With Rousing Launch of OA-8 Cygnus to Space Station

Orbital ATK Antares rocket launching the OA-8 Cygnus spacecraft. Photo: Cole Ippoliti / AmericaSpace

Fittingly for a veteran rocket and a veteran spacecraft, traveling to visit a group of veteran astronauts and cosmonauts aboard a veteran space station—including the first Marine Corps skipper of the multi-national orbiting outpost—it was hoped that the OA-8 Cygnus […]

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 […]

How to Photograph the ISS Transiting the Moon and Sun

A montage of the ISS transiting the moon as captured by Hap Griffin and Frank Hinson from South Carolina on October 6, 2017.

Many have seen the International Space Station glide across the dark sky in the hours after sunset or before sunrise while it is still lit by the sun. For most locations, […]

Handover Complete? 10 Years Since Whitson Became First Female Space Station Commander

Commander Peggy Whitson (back right) affixes her crew’s Expedition 16 patch to a surface aboard the International Space Station (ISS), as outgoing Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (back left) looks on. Photo Credit: NASA

The event was almost an anticlimax. On 19 October 2007, ten years ago today, Peggy Whitson became the first woman […]

Three Spacefarers from Three Nations Prepare for Four-Month Mission to Space Station

Soyuz MS-07 crew consists of Commander Anton Shkaplerov (center), with Scott Tingle (right) as Flight Engineer-1 and Norishige Kanai (left) as Flight Engineer-2. Photo Credit: NASA/Twitter

Three spacefarers from the United States, Russia and Japan gathered at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas, yesterday (Wednesday, 11 October), to discuss their upcoming voyage […]

Record-Setting Marine Corps Spacewalker Leads Ambitious EVA-45 at Space Station

Randy Bresnik (with red stripes) and Mark Vande Hei totaled six hours and 26 minutes during Tuesday’s U.S. EVA-45. Photo Credit: NASA/Sergei Ryazansky/Twitter

The U.S. Marine Corps is celebrating a new service record today, after Expedition 53 Commander Randy “Komrade” Bresnik—a retired colonel—became the service’s most seasoned spacewalker. Having already become the first Marine […]

Expedition 53 Spacewalkers Replace Latching End Effector, First Canadarm2 Major Maintenance in 16 Years

Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik (with red stripes on the legs of his suit) and Mark Vande Hei labor outside the International Space Station (ISS) to remove and replace Latching End Effector (LEE)-A on Canadarm2. Photo Credit: NASA/CSA/Jason Seagram/Twitter

Two astronauts representing the Marine Corps and Army branches of the U.S. Armed Forces ventured […]

Three Spacewalks Ahead for Expedition 53 Crew

Veteran spacewalker Randy Bresnik will lead all three upcoming sessions of Extravehicular Activity (EVA). Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Three U.S. astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station (ISS) over the next two weeks to undertake a series of maintenance tasks on the exterior of the orbiting outpost. Expedition 53 Commander Randy […]

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 […]