Astronaut Chris Cassidy Launches on 195-day Mission to Space Station

The first Soyuz-2.1a booster to carry a human payload roars aloft from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1:05 p.m. local time (4:05 a.m. EDT) Thursday 9 April 2020 with NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner. They docked to the International Space Station at 10:13 a.m. EDT while both […]

SpaceX Launches 20th Space Station Resupply Mission, Nails 50th Rocket Landing

CRS-20 launch and Falcon 9 landing for the 50th time. Credit: SpaceX

A twice-used Falcon 9 booster core lifted a three-times-flown Dragon cargo ship towards the International Space Station (ISS) earlier overnight to kick off SpaceX’s fifth mission of 2020. Liftoff of the veteran Falcon 9 core, tailnumbered “B1059”—which saw previous service to launch […]