'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 […]

The Day the Saturn V Almost Failed: 50 Years Since Apollo 6

The all-white Apollo 6 spacecraft rises from Pad 39A on 6 April 1968 for the Saturn V’s second unmanned test-flight. Photo Credit: NASA

Throughout its stellar 13-flight career, between November 1967 and May 1973, the mighty Saturn V—which still retains a place as the largest and most powerful rocket ever to reach operational service—never […]

One Year, Ten Reflown Boosters: Iridium NEXT-5 Hitches Ride to Orbit on Used Falcon 9

Atop the noticeably charred first stage of its Upgraded Falcon 9, Iridium NEXT-5 takes flight on Friday, 30 March. This was SpaceX’s tenth flight out of Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., since September 2013. Photo Credit: SpaceX/Twitter

Today (Friday 30 March), SpaceX marks one year since it became the first launch provider to deliver […]

'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 […]

Soyuz MS-08 Crew Begins Two-Day Flight to Space Station; EVA Scheduled for Month's End

The Soyuz MS-08 crew, clad in their Sokol (“Falcon”) launch and entry suits. From left to right are Ricky Arnold, Oleg Artemyev and Drew Feustel. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Three new crew members, boasting a combined total of seven months of spaceflight experience and nearly three full days of spacewalking time between […]

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 […]

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 […]