March 23, 2017
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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.

News Headlines

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SpaceX’s Dragon supply carrier wraps up 10th mission to space station

    March 19, 2017

    SpaceX’s Dragon cargo craft ended a four-week mission Sunday with a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, returning from the International Space Station with more than 3,600 pounds of cargo, blood and urine samples, and specimens from a rodent research experiment aimed at helping patients with catastrophic bone injuries and osteoporosis.

  • Photos: Launch boosts satellite for U.S. allies

    March 19, 2017

    The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Medium+ (5,4) rocket lifted off at 8:18 p.m. EDT (0018 GMT) from Cape Canaveral in service to the U.S. military’s Wideband Global SATCOM communications satellite constellation.

  • Photos: Delta 4 powers from pad with international satellite

    March 19, 2017

    Launching the Wideband Global SATCOM 9 satellite purchased by allied nations in collaboration with the U.S. military’s worldwide communications network, a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket thundered away from Cape Canaveral at 8:18 p.m. EDT (0018 GMT).

  • Live coverage: Dragon cargo craft returns to Earth

    March 19, 2017

    After 24 days at the International Space Station, SpaceX’s Dragon supply ship came back to Earth on Sunday with more than 5,400 pounds of cargo, human and animal research specimens, and other gear tagged for the trip home. Release from the station’s robotic arm occurred at 5:11 a.m. EDT (0911 GMT), and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean was a few minutes before 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT).

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