A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket is scheduled to blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 3:39 a.m. local (6:39 a.m. EST; 1139 GMT) Wednesday to place a secret payload into space for the National Reconnaissance Office. Follow the mission in our live journal.
SpaceX's next launch from Cape Canaveral is set for Feb. 24, when a Falcon 9 rocket will carry a commercial television broadcasting satellite aloft for Luxembourg-based SES, the payload's owner announced Monday.
Beginning the National Reconnaissance Office's campaign of four launches in 2016 using boosters big and small to deploy a varied collection of new intelligence satellites, a Delta 4 rocket stands ready for liftoff before sun-up Wednesday from California.
This collection of photographs shows the National Reconnaissance Office's classified NROL-45 payload, already encapsulated in the Delta 4 nose cone, being moved from the payload processing facility at Space Launch Complex 6 and lifted atop the United Launch Alliance rocket for flight from Vandenberg.
It was 1986 and the U.S. Air Force was on the cusp of something unprecedented in human spaceflight -- launching a space shuttle crew from California and paving the way for people to fly true polar missions.
Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, died Thursday night after a short illness, one day before the 45th anniversary of his landing in the hilly Fra Mauro region of the moon with crewmate Alan Shepard. He was 85.
The main engine rumbling to life. Ice shards breaking free. The rocket lumbering off the pad. The battle against gravity being won once again. That was the scene as the Atlas 5 took flight to cap a generation of Global Positioning System satellites.
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral at 8:38 a.m. EST (1338 GMT) Friday to place the Global Positioning System 2F-12 navigation satellite into space. Follow the mission in our live journal.