SpaceX Launches Starlink-3, Wraps Up Dramatic Month of Missions

SpaceX launched their third set of operational Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral on Jan 29, 2020, followed by landing of the rocket on the company’s offshore ASDS. Photos: SpaceX

For the sixth time in just over a year, SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 core on a third occasion, following Wednesday’s rousing 9:06 a.m. […]

Remembering Challenger's Lost Innocence, OTD in 1986

A poignant image of a fragment from Challenger’s shattered body, bearing the fallen craft’s name. Photo Credit: NASA

For those of us of a certain age, there can be few more horrific images imprinted upon our long-term memories than the sight of shuttle Challenger exploding in the sky above Cape Canaveral on 28 January […]

SpaceX Falcon 9 Starlink 3 launch video

SpaceX launched the fourth batch of 60 Starlink satellites from LC-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 9:07am Eastern on 29th January 2020.

Video Credit: SpaceX

Remembering The Fire, Project Apollo's Worst Day

The Apollo 1 crew consisted of (from left) Command Pilot Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Senior Pilot Ed White and Pilot Roger Chaffee. Photo Credit: NASA

More than five decades ago, tonight, one of the worst tragedies in the history of U.S. space exploration unfolded with horrifying suddenness on Pad 34 at Cape Kennedy in Florida. “The […]

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: […]

Remembering Shuttle Discovery's Miracle Mission 51C, 35 Years On (Part 2)

Discovery touches down at the Kennedy Space Center on 27 January 1985, following the shortest operational flight in the shuttle’s 30-year history. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty-five years ago, this week, the crew of shuttle Discovery—Apollo veteran Ken Mattingly, together with “rookie” astronauts Loren Shriver, Jim Buchli and Ellison Onizuka and Air Force Manned Spaceflight […]

SpaceX to Launch 3rd Mission This Month on Monday with 60 More Starlink Satellites

After successfully boosting Crew Dragon’s Demo-1 mission in March 2019 (left), followed by Canada’s Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) last June (right), Falcon 9 rocket ‘B1051’ stands ready for its third orbital launch on Monday with Starlink-3 from Cape Canaveral. Photo Credit: John Studwell /AmericaSpace.com / SpaceX (right)

Only days after triumphantly completing its long-awaited […]

NASA Celebrates End of Historic Spitzer Space Telescope Mission

Artist’s conception of the Spitzer Space Telescope. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

In just a few days from now, one of NASA’s greatest space telescope missions will come to an end. The Spitzer Space Telescope will cease operations on Jan. 30, 2020, after 16 years in service. The news was announced during a special live program […]

Remembering Shuttle Discovery's Miracle Mission, 35 Years On (Part 1)

Thirty-five years ago, this week, Discovery flew Mission 51C, the shuttle’s first totally classified mission. Photo Credit: NASA

“Miracle” is a term often applied to many aspects of the space program: from Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering flight aboard Vostok 1 to the historic first manned lunar landing and from the triumph of Apollo 13 to […]

SpaceX Flies In-Flight Abort Test for NASA, Paves Way to Crewed Flights This Year

SpaceX lofting their Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft on the In-Flight Abort Test for NASA from KSC on Jan 19, 2020. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

SpaceX has successfully pulled off a test mission it hopes it will never again have to execute for real: the catastrophic high-altitude failure of a Falcon […]