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. […]

ULA Aims for Wednesday Atlas V Launch of Secretive NROL-101 Mission

@ULALaunch will wait until Wednesday at 5:54 p.m. EST to launch @NatReconOfc #NROL101 mission, due to Environmental Control System (ECS) flow-rate reduction issue. Vehicle and payload remain healthy, ULA reports. […]

OSIRIS-REx's 'Cup Runneth Over' with Overflowing Asteroid Samples

Series of three images showing that the sample collector head on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is full of rocks and dust collected from the surface of the asteroid Bennu. They also reveal that some particles are escaping into space since the sampler’s mylar flap lid (the black bulge on the left inside the ring) is […]