Means and the Muscle: Where Does Falcon Heavy Stand Alongside the Heavylifters?

Last week’s launch of the maiden Falcon Heavy has opened a niche in the market for super-heavylift launch vehicles. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

“If you can hear me over the cheering,” intoned SpaceX’s John Insprucker in the seconds after 3:45 p.m. EST Tuesday, 6 February, “Falcon Heavy, heading to space on her test-flight. Building […]

Long-Awaited Maiden Voyage of Falcon Heavy Brings Deep-Space Exploration Closer

Pounding the ground with 5.4 million pounds (2.4 million kg) of thrust, the Falcon Heavy begins its maiden voyage of exploration. Photo Credit: Mike Killian/AmericaSpace

Riding the plumes of its 27 engines, and carrying the hopes and dreams of a generation, the most powerful rocket in the world took flight earlier today (Tuesday, 6 […]

A U.S.-Made Moon: 60 Years Since Explorer 1, Dawn of America's Space Program

William Pickering, James Van Allen and Wernher Von Braun hold a model of Explorer 1 aloft in triumph after the successful launch of a U.S. satellite into orbit on 31 January 1958. Photo Credit: NASA

On Wednesday evening, 31 January, a full 60 years passed since a Juno I booster roared into the night […]

Christa McAuliffe's Lessons Remembered, As Space Station 'Year of Education' Enters Second Half

Members of the 51L crew during training. From left are Ellison Onizuka, Ron McNair, Greg Jarvis, Judy Resnik, Christa McAuliffe (seated on table) and backup crew member Barbara Morgan. Photo Credit: NASA

Just a few days shy of the 32nd anniversary of the loss of Challenger, NASA astronauts Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold announced […]

Spacewalkers Vande Hei and Tingle Service Space Station Robotic Arm

Scott Tingle became the 222nd human to perform an Extravehicular Activity (EVA) on Tuesday, 23 January. His spacewalk with Mark Vande Hei lasted seven hours and 24 minutes and successfully replaced the Latching End Effector (LEE)-B on Canadarm2. Photo Credit: NASA/Twitter

A pair of fiftysomething fathers labored for seven hours and 24 minutes earlier […]

'Fire in the Hole': 50 Years Since Apollo 5, First Lunar Module Test-Flight

An unusual sight greeted Cape Kennedy spectators at sunset on 22 January 1968, as the “stubby” Saturn IB, bearing only Lunar Module (LM)-1, rose to orbit. Photo Credit: NASA

By a strange quirk of fate, NASA’s Apollo 5 mission—which launched 50 years ago, this week—used the same booster as should have been ridden by […]

The Astronaut's Astronaut: Remembering John Young

Apollo 16 Commander John Young gazes across the rugged terrain during humanity’s fifth piloted lunar landing. Photo Credit: NASA

Astronaut John Young, who died recently at age 87, reduces yet further the number of veteran Moonwalkers who are still with us. Only five men—all in their 80s—can now claim to have experienced the one-sixth […]

Rediscovering the Moon: 20 Years Since Lunar Prospector

Launched 20 years ago, Lunar Prospector returned significant data pertaining to the Moon’s gravity, internal composition, origins and water-ice content. Image Credit: NASA

Twenty years ago, NASA’s Lunar Prospector spacecraft began an 18-month mission of discovery, revealing the Moon to potentially harbor vast water-ice reserves at its poles and offering tantalizing clues of a […]

Remembering John Young, an 'Astronaut's Astronaut', Gone at Age 87

Apollo 16 Commander John Young gazes across the rugged terrain during humanity’s fifth piloted lunar landing. Photo Credit: NASA

John Young, one of only 12 humans to have walked the dusty surface of the Moon, one of only three of mankind’s sons to have traveled twice to lunar distance, the only astronaut to fly […]

'Not Of Earthly Pace': Celebrating the New Year in Space

Bill Shepherd (center) and his Expedition 1 crewmates Yuri Gidzenko (left) and Sergei Krikalev juggle oranges during their time aboard the International Space Station. They celebrated both Christmas and the dawn of 2001 in orbit. Photo Credit: NASA

With a naval officer in command of the International Space Station (ISS), it might have seemed […]