SpaceX Launches Sentinel-6A on U.S./European Ocean-Monitoring Mission

The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich ocean observation satellite lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:17 a.m. PST (12:17 p.m. EST) Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. In this composite, the rocket can be seen at left landing. Photo: Oliver Pelham Burn / […]

Getting Closer! NASA's Perseverance Rover Less Than 100 Days From Landing on Mars

Artist’s illustration of the Perseverance rover on Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s latest Mars rover, Perseverance, is now less than 100 days away from its landing in Jezero Crater on Mars (94 days at the time of this writing). The rover is currently just over 177 million miles (285 million kilometers) from its destination, […]

Good Falcon 9 Test Fire at Vandenberg Sets Stage for NASA/ESA Sentinel-6A Launch Nov 21

Artists impression of the Sentinel 6 spacecraft in orbit. Image Credit NASA

SpaceX conducted a successful Static Test Fire today of the Falcon 9 rocket tasked with launching NASA and ESA’s latest Earth observing science satellte, Sentinel-6A, paving the way for a launch attempt from Vandenberg AFB in southern California on Nov 21 at […]

Crew-1 Brings Wide Range of Experience to Space Station Mission (Part 1)

As #Crew1 prepares for launch on Saturday, AmericaSpace looks at a team of astronauts who bring a wide range of experience to this important mission. In Part 1 of this 2-part story, we look at the careers of CDR @Astro_Illini & PLT @VicGlover. […]

Atlas V Moved Off Pad for Tropical Depression Eta, NROL-101 Launch NET Wed

Atlas V with NROL-101 awaits launch before being moved off the pad for Tropical Depression Eta. Photo: Jeff Seibert / AmericaSpace

ULA and their Atlas V rocket with its classified NROL-101 payload onboard will wait at least a few more days before another launch attempt, as the company has moved the booster off its […]

Sentinel 6A Encapsulated for Launch with SpaceX Nov 21

Inside SpaceX’s Payload Processing Facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the U.S.-European Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich ocean-monitoring satellite is being encapsulated in the SpaceX Falcon 9 payload fairing on Nov. 3, 2020. Photo: NASA

NASA and ESA’s next Earth Observing science mission aims to better understand sea level rise and how it changes […]

We Can Do This: Remembering Expedition 1, 20 Years On (Part 2)

@Space_Station marks 20 years of continuous human occupation today. AmericaSpace looks back at the long voyage of #Expedition1. […]

Smooth LRR Clears Atlas V for NROL-101 Launch at Sunset Tuesday

On Saturday, @ULALaunch wrapped up Launch Readiness Review (LRR) ops for @NatReconOfc’s #NROL101 mission, targeted for 5:58 p.m. EST Tuesday. […]

You Mean the City? Remembering Challenger's Last Successful Launch, OTD in 1985

OTD in 1985, shuttle #Challenger launched successfully for the last time & completed a week-long research flight for what was then West Germany. […]

NASA's SOFIA Observatory Makes First Direct Detection of Water in Sunlit Lunar Soil

Illustration depicting water molecules trapped in lunar soil, along with SOFIA onboard a modified Boeing 747SP jetliner. Image Credit: NASA/Daniel Rutterit

The Moon is generally thought of as a very dry place, with no surface water or even water vapor clouds. Nothing but arid, dusty regolith and rocks. That’s true for the most part, […]