November 27, 2021
Mission Reports

Russian node module docks with International Space Station

November 26, 2021

Russia’s Prichal docking module linked up with the International Space Station Friday, adding the final planned piece of the Russian segment of the outpost to provide a new connection for future crew and cargo ships.

  • NASA spacecraft blasts off on experimental mission to divert asteroid

    November 24, 2021

    A small NASA space probe blasted off from California early Wednesday aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on a first-of-its-kind mission to change the orbit of an asteroid, pioneering a technique that may one day be used to divert an asteroid off of a collision course with Earth.

  • Live coverage: Russia launches new space station module from Kazakhstan

    November 24, 2021

    Russia plans to add another module to the International Space Station this week, and the journey began with a launch from Kazakhstan at 8:06 a.m. EST (1306 GMT) Wednesday on a Soyuz rocket. Russia’s Prichal node module departed the Baikonur Cosmodrome on a two-day chase of the space station.

  • Photos: Falcon 9 rocket stands on Vandenberg launch pad with NASA asteroid probe

    November 24, 2021

    These photos show SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket standing on Space Launch Complex 4-East at Vandenberg Space Force Base, hours before liftoff with NASA’s DART mission, an experiment to test how a spacecraft might deflect a hazardous asteroid away from Earth.

  • Live coverage: NASA, SpaceX launch asteroid deflection experiment

    November 23, 2021

    A first-of-its-kind asteroid deflection experiment lifted off overnight from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. SpaceX launched NASA’s DART mission on a Falcon 9 rocket at 1:21 a.m. EST Wednesday (0621 GMT; 10:21 p.m. PST Tuesday) on a 10-month mission to collide with a near-Earth asteroid, proving a technique that could protect Earth from a future threat from space.

  • Falcon 9 launch timeline with DART

    November 23, 2021

    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set for liftoff from Vandenberg Space Force Base, heading southeast over the Pacific Ocean with NASA’s DART asteroid deflection experiment. It will take 55 minutes to deploy the DART spacecraft on an Earth escape trajectory.

  • Webb telescope launch delayed to investigate clean room incident

    November 22, 2021

    NASA said Monday the launch of the $9.7 billion James Webb Space Telescope will be delayed at least four days until no earlier than Dec. 22 out of “sheer caution” to ensure the observatory suffered no damage from vibrations during a processing incident at its launch site in French Guiana.

  • SpaceX ready for first launch with NASA interplanetary mission

    November 22, 2021

    A small spacecraft set to launch on a collision course with an asteroid has been encapsulated inside the payload fairing of its Falcon 9 rocket for blastoff from California this week, a mission that will mark SpaceX’s first launch with a NASA solar system science probe.

  • Astra reaches orbit for first time, clearing way for commercial launches

    November 22, 2021

    Astra launched its first rocket into orbit from Alaska early Saturday after falling short on three previous tries, an achievement company officials said will unlock “tremendous demand” for its small satellite launch service. The company’s next mission will carry six small CubeSat payloads into orbit for NASA, and could take off before the end of the year.

  • Blue Origin transfers ‘pathfinder’ rocket to Cape Canaveral launch pad

    November 21, 2021

    Blue Origin transferred a full-size mock-up of its reusable New Glenn booster through Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 11 from the company’s factory to its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

  • Cygnus cargo freighter ends mission at International Space Station

    November 20, 2021

    A Northrop Grumman Cygnus supply ship departed the International Space Station Saturday after a three-month stay, heading off on the final phase of its mission to deploy a U.S. military tech demo payload and re-enter the atmosphere to dispose of 7,500 pounds of trash.

  • Rocket Lab recovers booster after successful launch with BlackSky satellites

    November 18, 2021

    Rocket Lab launched two small BlackSky optical Earth-imaging satellites Wednesday from New Zealand, the first of three straight Electron rocket flights for the U.S. remote sensing company. Teams retrieved the launch vehicle’s first stage booster after parachuting into the sea.

  • Station resumes normal operations, but risk from Russian ASAT test continues

    November 18, 2021

    The seven-person crew living on the International Space Station resumed normal operations Wednesday, two days after closing off parts of the complex as precaution following a widely-condemned Russian anti-satellite test that created a new cloud of space debris.

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