SpaceX Pushes Return to Flight to January with Iridium NEXT Satellites

File photo of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching 11 satellites for ORBCOMM Dec. 21, 2015. Their next scheduled launch will be the first following the loss of AMOS-6 last September, flying 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., as soon as early January 2017. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

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SpaceX Targeting Dec. 16 Return to Flight from Vandenberg with First Iridium NEXT Satellites

File photo of a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket in a processing hangar. The company is now targeting Dec. 16, 2016, for their “Return to Flight” to launch 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. The mission comes three months after a Falcon-9 rocket exploded while fueling during a launch wet dress rehearsal. Photo Credit: […]

Smallest ISS Crew of the Decade Discusses Upcoming Mission

“Like an old married couple” was Jack Fischer’s description of the camaraderie between himself and Fyodor Yurchikhin. The pair will launch in March 2017 for a six-month expedition to the International Space Station (ISS). Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

You might be forgiven for thinking that one chair was missing at the Johnson Space Center […]

SpaceX Investigation Closing In on Cause of Sept. 1 Explosion

In an update released Oct. 28 regarding the loss of AMOS-6 on Sept. 1, SpaceX says they are narrowing the focus of the investigation to one of the three composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs) inside the LOX tank, while also conducting tests at their proving grounds in McGregor, Texas, in an attempt to replicate […]

Around the Moon for Eighty Days: Remembering the Half-Century Anniversary of Lunar Orbiter-1

The grainy significance of this image, acquired by Lunar Orbiter-1 on 23 August 1966, is that it is the very first view of Earth, as seen from lunar distance. At the time, the spacecraft was on its 16th orbit around the Moon. Photo Credit: NASA

For countless millennia, the Moon has captivated the fascination […]

Multi-National Soyuz MS-01 Crew Prepares for Weekend Return to Earth

“Skimming the horizon at sunset” was Kate Rubins’ description of this remarkable image of Soyuz MS-01, posted on Twitter on Monday, 24 October. Rubins and her crewmates Anatoli Ivanishin and Takuya Onishi will return home aboard this spacecraft over the coming weekend. Photo Credit: NASA/Kate Rubins/Twitter

Ten seconds shy of midnight EDT on Saturday, […]

Army Helicopter Pilot, Civilian Engineer, and Fighter Pilot to Fly Mid-Week Voyage to Space Station

The Soyuz MS-02 crew (from left) consists of NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Russian cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko. Photo Credit: NASA

Six weeks since the safe return of the Expedition 48 core crew, their backups—Russian cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko, together with NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough—are destined to launch from Baikonur […]

Expedition 48 Crew Wraps Up Six-Month Space Station Mission

Wrapping up his fourth space mission, Jeff Williams is now the United States’ most experienced space traveler, with over 534 cumulative days away from the Home Planet. Photo Credit: NASA TV

After more than 172 days in space, U.S. national-record-breaking astronaut Jeff Williams and his Russian crewmates Alexei Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka have landed […]

Space Station Open for Commercial Crew, As EVA-36 Team Installs IDA-2

The International Docking Adapter (IDA)-2 was installed onto Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA)-2, at the forward end of the space station’s Harmony node. Image Credit: NASA

More than sixty months since it last saw the arrival of a human-piloted vehicle, Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA)-2 at the extreme forward “end” of the International Space Station (ISS) […]

Oldest US Spacewalker Set to Lead Commercial Crew EVA on Friday

Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins work with their Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) suits in the Quest airlock. Photo Credit: NASA

Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins will venture outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, 19 August, to install the first of two Boeing-built […]