Astronauts Arrive in Florida for Launch Next Week with SpaceX on Demo-2 Mission

From left, Demo-2 crew members Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on May 20, 2020, at the Launch and Landing Facility runway following their arrival to the Florida spaceport. With Demo-2 they will become the first U.S. astronauts to launch aboard a U.S. spacecraft, atop a U.S. rocket, and from U.S. soil, since the end […]

A New Vehicle: Remembering Atlantis' STS-101 Mission, 20 Years On

Jim Voss manipulates the Russian-built Strela (“Arrow”) cargo crane during STS-101. Photo Credit: NASA

As the United States readies itself for the launch of an entirely new space vehicle next week—the long-awaited voyage of the Demo-2 Crew Dragon, carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken—today also marks 20 years since a (virtually) brand-new […]

Cygnus Departs Space Station; 2 Weeks of SAFFIRE Experiments Planned

Characterized by its large, fan-shaped solar arrays, the NG-13 Cygnus arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on 18 February and is wrapping up a three-month stay. Photo Credit: NASA

After 86 days in orbit, Northrop Grumman Corp.’s NG-13 Cygnus resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) entered its homestretch on Monday, 11 […]

First Dream Chaser Gets its Wings and a New Name, 'Tenacity'

Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) has formally named its Dream Chaser spacecraft system as “Tenacity”. Image Credit: SNC

Bad luck, it is said, follows on the heels of a ship with no name. And Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) has finally dispelled the specter of misfortune by officially naming its Dream Chaser vehicle as “Tenacity”. The […]

NASA, SpaceX Preview First Crewed Dragon Mission, Set for May 27 Launch

The first crewed SpaceX launch for NASA is set to launch on the Demo-2 mission on May 27 from Kennedy Space Center in FL. Photos: NASA / SpaceX

The man who piloted the final Space Shuttle mission and a former chief of NASA’s astronaut corps are ready to buckle aboard a Crew Dragon later […]

World Mourns Passing of James Beggs, NASA's Tenth Administrator

Jim Beggs, who died last week, was NASA’s tenth administrator. Photo Credit: NASA

It is a sad footnote of history that the man who once described the Hubble Space Telescope as the “eighth wonder of the world” passed away on the eve of its 30th anniversary. As the world observes three decades of Hubble […]

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 […]

NG-13 Cygnus Begins ISS Chase with 8,000 Pounds of Cargo for Space Station

Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket lofting the Cygnus cargo ship on the NG-13 mission to resupply the ISS for NASA. Photo: NASA

The roar of rocket engines shook Wallops Island, Va., earlier today (Saturday, 15 February), as the first of two Northrop Grumman Corp. Cygnus missions planned for 2020 began its journey to the International […]

Christina Koch Returns to Earth After Longest Ever Spaceflight by a Woman

Astronaut Christina Koch smiles as she gives a “thumbs up” sign shortly after being extracted from the Soyuz MS-13 crew ship that brought her home after 328 days in space. Credit: NASA TV

A new record for the longest single space mission ever undertaken by a woman was triumphantly set earlier today (Thursday, 6 […]