Starliner Misses ISS After Flawless Launch, Aims at Other Test Objectives Before Return Sunday

ULA’s workhorse Atlas V rocket, flying in a human-rated configuration, launches Boeing’s first Starliner crew capsule on its un-crewed Orbital Flight Test for NASA. While the launch was flawless, an automated timing issue caused Starliner to reach orbit but miss the ISS. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

At 6:36 a.m. EST Friday, ULA’s human-rated […]

Weather 80% GO, Watch Mighty Atlas Launch Starliner Orbital Flight Test at 6:36am EST

Boeing’s STARLINER ready for launch atop a ULA Atlas V rocket on an un-crewed Orbital Flight Test for NASA to and from the International Space Station. Liftoff is targeting 6:36am EST Friday. Photo: Troy McClellan

After a decade in development, Boeing stands ready for the highly-anticipated un-crewed Orbital Flight Test (OFT) of its CST-100 […]

Meet Solar Orbiter, Launching to the Sun for Europe and NASA in Feb 2020

The European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter, an international cooperative mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA, is seen here in final processing for launch at the Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Florida on Dec 16. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

We’ve been hearing a lot about NASA’s Parker Solar Probe […]

Starliner Aims for Dec 20 Orbital Flight Test After Good Wet Dress Rehearsal

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner crew capsule atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket atop Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral AFS on Dec 6, undergoing a major practice countdown Wet Dress Rehearsal for a launch attempt on the uncrewed Orbital Flight Test to and from the International Space Station as soon as Dec 20. […]

Insight's 'Mole' Drill Faces New Issue, While Curiosity Explores "Ancient Oasis"

Image from InSight showing the “mole” heat probe (the tube on the left) after it jumped about halfway back out of the hole it made while digging. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Update – Nov. 1, 2019: NASA InSight just tweeted that the mole appears to be stable and more images are being taken to try […]

NASA Makes Progress in Restoring InSight’s Malfunctioning Heat Probe

NASA’s InSight lander set its heat probe, called the Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3) or “the mole,” on the Martian surface on Feb. 12, 2019. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/DLR

NASA’s InSight mission on Mars has been incredibly successful so far, with new findings about magnetism in the crust, marsquakes and even possible evidence for […]

NASA's InSight Lander 'Hears' Multiple Marsquakes and Other Odd Sounds

InSight imaged clouds moving overhead on April 25, 2019. The dome-covered seismometer, SEIS, is in the foreground. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

A few days ago, it was reported that NASA’s InSight lander had found evidence for an oddly pulsating magnetic field, a more magnetic crust than expected and – maybe – the existence of a […]

NASA's InSight Lander on Mars Discovers Odd Magnetic Pulses and... Water?

Artist’s conception of the InSight lander as seen from above. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mars is usually thought of as pretty much a dead world, geologically-speaking. But NASA’s InSight lander is finding that may not be exactly true. Some early results from InSight’s investigations of the planet’s interior have shown evidence for an oddly pulsating […]

A Look Back at Delta IV Medium's Spectacular 17 Year Career

The ULA Delta IV Medium is heading into retirement this week, offering an opportune moment to reflect on the career of a vehicle which has delivered a smorgasbord of military, civilian and scientific payloads into Earth orbit and beyond over the course of a spectacular 17-year career. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

As […]

First Vulcan to Launch America's Return to the Moon with 'Peregrine' Lander in 2021

Astrobotic has selected United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Vulcan Centaur rocket to launch its Peregrine lunar lander to the Moon in 2021, on the rocket’s maiden flight. Astrobotic was selected by NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program to deliver up to 14 NASA payloads to the Moon. Images: ULA / Astrobotic

The United Launch […]