February 21, 2019
Falcon 9

Falcon 9 launch set for Thursday at Cape Canaveral

February 19, 2019

SpaceX is set to end a two-month launch drought at Cape Canaveral with a blastoff Thursday night carrying a privately-funded Israeli moon lander, an Indonesian communications satellite and a U.S. Air Force surveillance payload into orbit.

  • Soyuz ready for launch with Egyptian imaging satellite

    February 20, 2019

    A Russian-built Earth observation satellite designed to provide reconnaissance imagery to Egyptian military officials is ready for launch Thursday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on top of a Soyuz rocket.

  • New Horizons finds Ultima Thule has an unexpected, flattened shape

    February 20, 2019

    Images taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft when it flew by an object the size of a large metropolitan area at the frontier of the solar system Jan. 1 have revealed the miniature world has a more flattened shape than the flyby’s initial pictures suggested.

  • NASA orbiter spots Chinese lander on the moon

    February 18, 2019

    NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has spotted China’s Chang’e 4 lander and rover on the far side of the moon in new images, as the Chinese robots explore the floor of Von Kármán crater.

  • SpaceX files protest of NASA’s Lucy launch contract awarded to ULA

    February 15, 2019

    SpaceX has filed a protest challenging a nearly $150 million NASA contract awarded to United Launch Alliance last month to send a robotic asteroid probe into space.

  • Experimental British satellite tests harpoon in orbit

    February 15, 2019

    A British satellite released from the International Space Station last year has successfully demonstrated a harpoon that could be used on future missions to clean up space debris, officials announced Friday.

  • NASA selects mission to probe the history of galaxies

    February 14, 2019

    NASA has selected a space telescope named SPHEREx for launch in 2023 on a mission to survey the sky in near-infrared wavelengths, collecting spectral data to study the origins of the universe and ices in our own galaxy that could help seed life on planets.

  • NASA declares Opportunity rover dead after 15 years on Mars

    February 13, 2019

    Eight months after last hearing from the Opportunity rover, NASA officials announced the end of the craft’s 15-year mission Wednesday, closing out an ambitious chapter of Mars exploration that proved the Red Planet once harbored running water and demonstrated the promise of mobile robotic scouts to survey other worlds.

  • CubeSat deployed from space station to test sample return technology

    February 13, 2019

    One of five CubeSats deployed from the International Space Station last month is testing a steerable drag brake that could find use in future smallsats to return experiment samples to the ground from low Earth orbit, or on low-cost micro-probes to explore other planets.

  • Watch a spectacular slow-motion replay of last week’s Ariane 5 launch

    February 11, 2019

    Arianespace and CNES, the French space agency, have released sensational slow-motion video from shielded engineering cameras at the Ariane 5 rocket’s launch pad in French Guiana, showing the launcher’s fiery evening takeoff Feb. 5 with communications satellites for Saudi Arabia and India.

  • Second Iranian satellite launch attempt in a month fails

    February 11, 2019

    Iran’s second try in less than a month to send a satellite into orbit apparently failed shortly after liftoff from a remote desert launch pad under daily surveillance from a fleet of commercial imaging spacecraft, according to U.S. government officials and independent analysts.

  • Cygnus supply ship departs space station for extended mission

    February 8, 2019

    A commercial Cygnus supply ship departed the International Space Station on Friday for an extended mission to deploy five nanosatellites and conduct other experiments before re-entering the atmosphere and burning up with more than two tons of trash.

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