March 24, 2017
Mission Reports

Watch live: Spacewalk begins outside International Space Station

March 24, 2017

Astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet put on their self-contained spacesuits and headed outside the International Space Station on Friday for a six-and-a-half hour excursion to prepare for the relocation of a docking adapter, service the lab’s Dextre robot, and install a new computer relay box.

News Headlines

  • Live coverage: SpaceX aims to launch its first reused rocket next week

    March 24, 2017

    Launch preparations are on track for liftoff of a previously-flown Falcon 9 rocket March 29 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the first time SpaceX has reused one of its first stage boosters on a second mission. The launcher will carry the SES 10 communications satellite into orbit.

  • Launches from Kourou temporarily suspended by social unrest

    March 23, 2017

    The launch an Ariane 5 rocket with Brazilian and Korean communications satellites that was set for this week has been postponed indefinitely after protesters blocked access to the French Guiana spaceport.

  • New SLS engine controller tested in hold-down firing

    March 23, 2017

    A shuttle-era RS-25 rocket engine was fired at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi on Thursday in the first test of a new engine control computer that will launch on the first flight of the agency’s Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket as soon as late next year.

  • Trump signs NASA authorization act, Pence to chair National Space Council

    March 23, 2017

    President Donald Trump signed a new NASA authorization bill Tuesday, the first such space policy framework since early in the Obama administration, that largely continues the space agency’s efforts to foster a commercial economy in Earth orbit and explore deep space, with an eventual goal of landing humans on Mars.

  • Astronauts gear up for spacewalks, resupply launch delayed

    March 23, 2017

    NASA is gearing up for an intense few weeks of work aboard the International Space Station, staging three spacewalks, moving a docking port from one module to another to support commercial crew ferry ships and capturing an Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo ship carrying nearly 4 tons of equipment and supplies.

  • NASA previews trio of ISS space walks

    March 23, 2017

    Watch NASA’s news conference to preview three spacewalks outside the International Space Station planned for late March and early April to prepare for the future arrival of U.S. commercial crew spacecraft and upgrade station hardware.

  • Rosetta’s comet shows scars from swing through inner solar system

    March 22, 2017

    Scientists examining imagery from Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft have logged numerous changes to the face of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, from collapsing cliffs to a growing crack through the comet’s neck that could foretell the eventual unraveling of the city-sized icy world.

  • Ariane 5 launch pushed back to Wednesday by labor strikes in Kourou

    March 20, 2017

    A work stoppage at the Ariane 5 rocket’s launch base in South America prevented rollout of the booster to the launch pad Monday, pushing back the liftoff of two communications satellites for Brazil and South Korea until at least Wednesday.

  • Europe’s ExoMars spacecraft begins lowering its orbit

    March 20, 2017

    The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, a Russian-launched, European-built spacecraft that arrived at Mars in October, is starting to dip into the upper reaches of the red planet’s atmosphere in a year-long “aerobraking” campaign place the observatory in the right position to hunt for methane, an indicator of potential biological activity.

  • Photos: Additional shots of successful Delta 4 rocket launch

    March 19, 2017

    The 377th Delta rocket begins its journey to space carrying a military communications satellite funded by Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and New Zealand in a deal that gives the allies access to the U.S. military’s worldwide Wideband Global SATCOM system.

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