Launch of Mars Perseverance Rover Slips to NET 20 July

The ULA Atlas V 541 rocket saw its maiden launch in November 2011, delivering NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover to the Red Planet. NASA’s next Mars Rover, Perseverance, is scheduled to launch on the same rocket as soon as July 20, 2020. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

Less than a month since […]

Mighty Atlas Launches Secretive X-37B Spaceplane for US Space Force

Atlas V lifts off from Cape Canaveral with the X-37B OTV spaceplane on the USSF-7 mission. Credit: ULA

Following a one-day scrub on Saturday, United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully despatched its third Atlas V of the year early Sunday, 17 May, to deliver the highly secretive X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) mini-shuttle into low-Earth […]

Atlas Rocket Stacked for May 16 Launch with X-37B Spaceplane

The X-37B mini-shuttle (left) has flown five missions since April 2010. Its sixth flight, which kicks off NET Saturday, 16 May, promises to be its most ambitious yet. At right, the Common Core Booster (CCB) is raised to the vertical in the doorway of the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) at Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41. […]

Mars Helicopter Attached to Perseverance Rover for July Launch to Red Planet

Photo of the Mars Helicopter, after it was attached to the bottom of the rover (lower center of image). Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Despite the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, preparations for the launch of NASA’s next rover to Mars this July, Perseverance, are continuing on schedule. Most recently, the engineering and technician team completed two more […]

Atlas V Launches AEHF-6 Military SATCOM from Cape Canaveral

The first mission under the newly formed U.S. Space Force took flight today from Cape Canaveral, FL, as a ULA Atlas V rocket launched the AEHF-6 SATCOM. Photo: ULA

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully delivered its first major payload on behalf of the newly-formed U.S. Space Force, following Thursday afternoon’s spectacular 4:18 p.m. […]

Atlas V Primed for First U.S. Space Force Launch Thursday with AEHF-6

The sixth and final USAF Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) satellite, encapsulated within its Payload Fairing, is transported to the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) at Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 for stacking atop its Atlas V rocket. Photos: ULA

For only the second time this year, the roar of an Atlas V will break the […]

NASA's InSight Lander Reveals Surprising Inner Secrets of an Active Mars

Artist’s concept of InSight on Mars, with layers in the subsurface and dust devils in the background. Image Credit: IPGP/Nicolas Sarter

Mars is beginning to reveal its innermost secrets, thanks to NASA’s InSight lander. The newest findings, about subsurface marsquakes, unusual magnetic signals and dust devils in the atmosphere, have been published in six […]

NASA's Juno Probe Finds Out How Much Water Jupiter Really Has

Stunning view of Jupiter from the Juno spacecraft. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstäd/Seán Doran © CC NC SA

Jupiter is not known as a water world since it has no oceans, lakes or other kinds of liquid water or ice. It doesn’t even have a solid surface beneath its deep, turbulent atmosphere. But there is […]

Weather 90% GO for Solar Orbiter Launch to the Sun Tonight from Florida, Watch Live

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket stands poised to launch the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter from Cape Canaveral, on a mission in collaboration with NASA to explore the sun and its poles up-close. Photo: ULA

More than two decades since it was first conceived as a logical “next step” from the hugely […]

ULA Clears Launch Dress Rehearsal for Solar Orbiter, now Encapsulated for Feb 7 Liftoff

ESA’s Solar Orbiter (left) is ready for launch next month on an ambitious scientific mission to observe and unlock long asked mysteries of our life-giving star. NASA has science instruments onboard, and ULA’s workhorse Atlas V rocket, which just underwent a successful WDR (right), will be responsible for getting the mission off Earth. Photos: […]