January 22, 2017

News Headlines

  • Future of asteroid deflection mission to be decided soon

    January 19, 2017

    Decisions on the future of a joint robotic mission between NASA and the European Space Agency to demonstrate the ability to deflect an asteroid on a collision course with Earth have been put off until later this year after European governments declined to fully fund their part of the project in December.

  • Saturn’s shepherd moon Daphnis makes waves

    January 19, 2017

    NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured the first close-up view of Daphnis, one of at least 62 moons found orbiting Saturn, plowing a path through the planet’s icy rings and raising waves in its wake.

  • Photos: Atlas 5 rocket receives its payload for Jan. 19 launch

    January 19, 2017

    The third Space Base Infrared Systems Geosynchronous Earth Orbit, or SBIRS GEO Flight 3, was hoisted atop the Atlas 5 on Jan.12 to complete the pre-flight assembly of the 189-foot-tall rocket for launch.

  • SES 10 telecom satellite in Florida for launch on reused SpaceX rocket

    January 17, 2017

    A European-built communications satellite has arrived at Cape Canaveral for fueling and final launch preparations ahead of a planned late February liftoff aboard a Falcon 9 rocket with a previously-flown first stage booster.

  • Launch failure probe prompts engine swap on Soyuz crew’s rocket

    January 17, 2017

    Russian engineers will replace rocket engines on two Soyuz rockets assigned to send a batch of supplies and the next crew to the International Space Station after an investigation revealed foreign objects or a manufacturing defect led to the crash of a Progress cargo craft on launch in December, according to Russian media reports and a statement from the Russian space agency.

  • Timeline: Atlas 5/SBIRS GEO Flight 3 ascent events

    January 17, 2017

    This is the launch timeline to be followed by the Atlas 5 rocket’s ascent into orbit from Cape Canaveral with the SBIRS GEO Flight 3 satellite for U.S. military infrared reconnaissance. Launch is scheduled for Thursday at 7:46 p.m. EST (0046 GMT).

  • Falcon 9 booster, first recovered off West Coast, back in port

    January 17, 2017

    The first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket launched Saturday has returned to port in Southern California after landing on a floating platform in the Pacific Ocean, ready for refurbishment and potential reuse on a future mission.

  • Fresh views of Saturday’s Falcon 9 rocket launch

    January 16, 2017

    Check out more imagery of Saturday’s liftoff of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, including pictures from remote cameras at the launch pad and new video released by the U.S. Air Force.

  • Astronaut Gene Cernan, last Apollo moonwalker, dies at 82

    January 16, 2017

    Former astronaut Gene Cernan, a Navy pilot and veteran of NASA’s pioneering Gemini program who was the second American to walk in space and then flew to the moon twice as an Apollo astronaut, becoming the last human to leave his bootprints on its dusty surface, died Monday after a long illness. He was 82.

  • Experimental flight of Japanese sounding rocket falls short of orbit

    January 16, 2017

    A small research rocket launched from Japan fell into the Pacific Ocean on Saturday after attempting to send a student-built CubeSat into orbit, Japanese officials said.