Remembering Shuttle Discovery's Miracle Mission, 35 Years On (Part 1)

Thirty-five years ago, this week, Discovery flew Mission 51C, the shuttle’s first totally classified mission. Photo Credit: NASA

“Miracle” is a term often applied to many aspects of the space program: from Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering flight aboard Vostok 1 to the historic first manned lunar landing and from the triumph of Apollo 13 to […]

SpaceX Flies In-Flight Abort Test for NASA, Paves Way to Crewed Flights This Year

SpaceX lofting their Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft on the In-Flight Abort Test for NASA from KSC on Jan 19, 2020. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

SpaceX has successfully pulled off a test mission it hopes it will never again have to execute for real: the catastrophic high-altitude failure of a Falcon […]

Weather Forces SpaceX to Push In-Flight Abort to NET Sunday

Crew Dragon atop Falcon 9 for the In-Flight Abort Test. Photo: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

UPDATE – NASA and SpaceX now are targeting 8 a.m. EST Sunday, Jan. 19, for launch. The abort test has a six-hour launch window. Teams are standing down from today’s launch attempt due to poor splashdown and recovery weather.

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At Its Best: Remembering STS-32, Thirty Years On

Thirty years ago, this month, the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) was plucked from orbit after almost six years. It was a triumphant moment as the Space Shuttle Program sought to recover from the loss of Challenger. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty years ago, in January 1990, the Space Shuttle turned a corner. Long touted […]

'Engines in Post-Shutdown Standby': Remembering the Fall and Rise of STS-68, 25 Years On (Part 1)

The successful launch of STS-68, 25 years ago this week, came six weeks after one of the most harrowing launch aborts in Space Shuttle Program history. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty-five years ago, this summer, America’s Space Shuttle Program sprang from a hearts-in-throats launch abort on the cusp of liftoff to triumphantly executing four flawless […]

'Launch Commit': Celebrating Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Month (Part 1)

Illuminated by floodlights, the Saturn V for Apollo 11 stands ready on Pad 39A. Fifty years ago, this month, it delivered the first humans to the lunar surface. Photo Credit: NASA

Early in July 1969, Jan Armstrong called her friend, Lurton Scott, for help. Only a few days remained before her husband, Neil, blasted […]

Falcon Heavy Delivers STP-2 on Spectacular First 'Night Shift' Launch

A single 8:41 second long-exposure captures the launch, ascent, stage separations and re-entry and landing burns of the Falcon Heavy, which delivered STP-2 to space for the Dept of Defense on its first night launch at 2:30am Eastern on 25 June 2019. Photo: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace.com

The world’s most powerful in-service launch vehicle […]

Watch Falcon Heavy Fly Its First Night Launch & DOD Mission Tonight

The third SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket standing atop pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, ahead of its first launch attempt scheduled for June 24 at 11:30pm Eastern time with the STP-2 mission. Photo: SpaceX

UPDATE 9:00pm Eastern June 24: SpaceX has delayed tonight’s planned launch from 11:30pm to ‘No Earlier Than’ 2:30am […]

Falcon Heavy Goes Operational; Delivers Arabsat 6A, Successfully Lands All Three Boosters

Liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy on its first commercial mission to deliver Arabsat-6A to orbit on April 11, 2019. Photo: Mike Killian /AmericaSpace.com

Just an hour before Florida sunset, SpaceX’s gigantic Falcon Heavy—lauded by the Hawthorne, Calif.-headquartered launch services provider as the world’s most powerful active rocket, by a factor of two—successfully roared […]

Good Test Fire Clears Next Falcon Heavy for April 9 Launch with Arabsat 6A

SpaceX’s second Falcon Heavy rocket forays to life with a static test fire on Kennedy Space Center pad 39A April 5, 2019 at noon. Following test fire, SpaceX scheduled launch for April 9, 2019. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace.com

Fourteen months since its triumphant maiden voyage, the 27 engines of SpaceX’s mighty Falcon […]