'Safing In Work': Remembering Discovery's Almost-Liftoff, On This Day a Quarter-Century Ago

After a month-long wait for launch, following a harrowing pad abort on 12 August 1993, STS-51 thunders into space on 12 September. Photo Credit: NASA

“T-minus 30 seconds…”

The words of launch commentator George Diller at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida at 9:12 a.m. EDT on 12 August 1993—a quarter-century ago, this […]

SpaceX Launches, Lands First Reused ‘Block 5’ on 60th Falcon 9 Launch with Merah Putih Satellite

Launch of Merah Putih on the first reused SpaceX’ ‘Block 5’ Falcon 9 rocket, marking the 60th Falcon 9 mission on Aug 7, 2018. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Two weeks after seeing off the heavyweight Telstar 19V mission for Ottawa, Canada-based Telesat, Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, […]

NASA Assigns First Crews For Boeing Starliner & SpaceX Crew Dragon Flights

NASA introduced to the world on Aug. 3, 2018, the first U.S. astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station – an endeavor that will return astronaut launches to U.S. soil for the first time since the space shuttle’s retirement in 2011. The agency assigned nine astronauts […]

Good Test Fire Paves Way For First SpaceX 'Block 5' Reflight With 'Merah Putih' on Aug 7

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The first SpaceX Falcon 9 ‘Block 5’ to be re-flown conducted a successful static test fire at launch complex 40 on Cape Canaveral today, paving the way for launch with the ‘Merah Putih’ satellite on August 7. Photo Courtesy: Jacques Van OeneSpaceX completed a successful Static Fire Test today of an […]

'Limits to Inhibit': Remembering Challenger's Dramatic 51F Launch, On This Day in 1985

After one false start, Challenger roars into orbit on 29 July 1985, to begin the Spacelab-2 science mission. It would be one of the most dramatic near-misses in the 30-year shuttle program. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

More than three decades ago, one of the most complex Space Shuttle science missions ever undertaken […]

Iridium NEXT Nears Completion With Third 'Block 5' Falcon 9 Launch

The seventh batch of Iridium NEXT satellites take flight in cloudy conditions at Vandenberg at 4:39 a.m. PDT Wednesday, 25 July. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Beginning a continuous run of touchdowns on either oceanic vessels or ground-based landing pads, against many odds, SpaceX has successfully alighted a second Upgraded Falcon 9 core on the deck […]

'Whatever Was Needed': Remembering the Hair-Raising Rise to Orbit of STS-93

After two false starts, Columbia rises to orbit at 1:21 a.m. EDT on 23 July 1999. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost two decades ago, on 23 July 1999, the first woman ever to lead a space mission was launched aboard shuttle Columbia to deliver NASA’s $1.5 billion Chandra X-ray Observatory into a highly elliptical orbit. […]

SpaceX Launches 13th Mission of 2018 With Telstar 19 Vantage Satellite, Lands Booster Offshore

Telstar 19 VANTAGE headed to orbit atop SpaceX’s second ‘Block 5’ Falcon 9 rocket on July 22, 2018 at 1:50am EDT from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

Ten weeks after launching the first Block 5 of its Falcon 9 fleet—laden with Bangladesh’s first geostationary-orbiting […]

'About Once a Day': Remembering the Dual Launches of Apollo-Soyuz

Tom Stafford (right) shakes hands with his counterpart Alexei Leonov in the docking module tunnel on 17 July 1975. This grainy image represents the first serious effort at co-operation between the United States and Russia in human space exploration. Photo Credit: NASA

In spite of political differences, the United States and Russia have enjoyed […]

A Sore Head: Americans in Space on Independence Day

On 4 July 1982, the crew of STS-4 became the first U.S. astronauts to spend Independence Day in space. It also marked the date of their spectacular return to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Photo Credit: NASA

For almost two decades, the Fourth of July—that most quintessential day of celebration in the United States—has […]