NASA's OSIRIS-REx Begins Long Journey Home with First-Ever Asteroid Sample from Bennu

Artist’s depiction of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft departing the Asteroid Bennu and beginning its long voyage back to Earth. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) mission has completed its in-depth study of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu, and has now begun its 2-year journey back to Earth […]

Delta IV Heavy Launches NROL-82, Kicks Off Ambitious 2021 Manifest for ULA

@ULALaunch #MajesticDelta has successfully delivered classified #NROL82 payload to orbit for @NatReconOfc. […]

ULA, SpaceX Win Four National Security Missions in FY23

@ULALaunch & @SpaceX have won contracts worth $385 million to launch 4 National Security Space Launch (NSSL) payloads in FY23. […]

Serendipitous Juno Discovery Suggests Zodiacal Light Caused by Dust from Mars

The zodiacal light is seen as a faint glow that extends upwards just before dawn or just after dusk. Scientists thought the dust that causes it came from asteroids or comets, but now new data from the Juno mission suggests the dust originated on Mars. Photo Credit: A. Fitzsimmons/ESO/Wikipedia

A team of scientists with […]

All Systems Go for OSIRIS-REx Departure from Asteroid Bennu and Historic Sample Return to Earth

Artist’s illustration of OSIRIS-REx leaving the asteroid Bennu on May 10, 2021. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has been a huge success. The spacecraft has been studying the asteroid Bennu in great detail, and last October, it collected samples of rock, sand and […]

Boeing Starliner Set for 25 March Atlas V Launch, STP-3 Mission Delayed

@NASA, @ULALaunch & @Boeing are targeting NET 25 March for CST-100 Starliner test flight to @Space_Station, as STPSat-3 mission slips for “launch readiness evaluations”. […]

Delta IV Heavy Launches Long-Delayed NROL-44 Mission

It’s been a long wait, but the roar of @ULALaunch #MajesticDelta echoed across the Space Coast Thursday night, delivering #NROL44 to orbit for @NatReconOfc. […]

Long-Delayed NROL-44 Mission Aims for Thursday Night Launch

@ULALaunch is counting down to Thursday’s scheduled launch of snakebitten #MajesticDelta & long-delayed #NROL44 for @NatReconOfc. […]

Mighty Atlas Returns ULA to Flight, Delivers NROL-101 to Orbit

@ULALaunch #MightyAtlas successfully launches #NROL101 mission for @NatReconOfc. […]

NROL-101 Moves to NET Friday, Weekend Weather Outlook Looks Iffy

@ULALaunch & @NatReconOfc will wait until NET 6 Nov to launch #NROL101 mission. But the weather outlook heading into the weekend does not look promising. […]