Starliner Clears Pad Abort Test as ULA Rolls Out Rocket for Dec 17 Orbital Flight Test

This morning, Boeing conducted the first major flight test of their new CST-100 Starliner crew capsule, flying off a launch stand at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for a pad abort test to demonstrate and prove it can safely escape an exploding rocket to save its crew.

It was their first flight […]

Boeing Ready for Critical Starliner Crew Capsule Pad Abort Test Monday

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft and its service module sit atop the test stand at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico ahead of the company’s Pad Abort Test. The test is scheduled for Nov. 4, 2019, and will demonstrate the spacecraft’s ability to quickly escape the launch pad in the event of an emergency […]

Antares Launches NG-12 ISS Resupply Mission, Honors Moonwalker Alan Bean

Liftoff of Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 9:59am ET Nov 2, 2019, sending their Cygnus cargo vehicle to deliver about 8,200 pounds of cargo and supplies to the ISS for NASA. Photo: Oliver Pelham Burn / AmericaSpace.com

Five years to the week since the most dismal moment […]

Antares Ready for Saturday Launch from Virginia to Resupply ISS (NG-12)

The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket is seen in the early morning on launch Pad-0A, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Northrop Grumman’s 12th contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will deliver about 8,200 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to […]

For All Womankind: Koch and Meir Complete Historic All-Female Spacewalk

Christina Koch (with red stripes) was making her fourth career Extravehicular Activity (EVA), whilst Jessica Meir became the 14th U.S. woman and the 15th woman in history—when one also counts Russia’s Svetlana Savitskaya—to perform a spacewalk. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty-five years to the month since Kathy Sullivan carved her name in the annals of […]

Spacewalkers Begin Three-Week EVA Marathon to Replace Space Station Batteries

Today’s battery replacement task centered on the P-6 truss segment, circled. Photo Credit: NASA/Twitter

Veteran spacewalkers Christina Koch and Drew Morgan wrapped up a multi-hour session of Extravehicular Activity (EVA) yesterday to begin replacing old nickel-hydrogen batteries in the P-6 truss of the International Space Station (ISS) with upgraded lithium-ion units and associated adapter […]

NASA's Jessica Meir, Crewmates Launch to Space Station on Soyuz MS-15

The Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft is launched with Expedition 61 crewmembers Jessica Meir of NASA and Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos, and spaceflight participant Hazzaa Ali Almansoori of the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo captured by NASA astronaut Christina Koch onboard the ISS.

In a relatively […]

Cosmonaut Veteran, NASA Rookie and First UAE Astronaut Ready for Wednesday Launch to Space Station

Commanding Wednesday’s mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is veteran cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka (center). He will be accompanied by first-time NASA flyer Jessica Meir (right) and the first citizen-astronaut of United Arab Emirates (UAE), Hazza al-Mansouri (right). Photo Credit: Jessica Meir/NASA/Twitter

Three spacefarers from three nations are primed to roar aloft from Site […]

To Save A Space Station: The Unrealized Rescue of Skylab, 40 Years On

The engines of the Teleoperator Retrieval System (TRS), seen docked to Skylab, perform a lengthy “burn” to either deliver the old space station into a higher, more stable orbit or to prepare it for a controlled, destructive re-entry. Image Credit: NASA

Visiting space stations is, and always has been, a complex and challenging endeavor; […]

CRS-18 Dragon Wraps Up Month-Long Mission; Returns Science Samples to Earth

CRS-18 departs the International Space Station (ISS) early Tuesday morning. Photo Credit: NASA

More than a month since its arrival, SpaceX’s CRS-18 Dragon cargo ship departed the International Space Station (ISS) and returned to Earth earlier today (Tuesday), bringing around 2,700 pounds (1,225 kg) of experiments and payloads back home and into the hands […]