Month: November 2021
Live coverage: NASA, SpaceX launch asteroid deflection experiment
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
Webb telescope launch delayed to investigate clean room incident
SpaceX ready for first launch with NASA interplanetary mission
Astra reaches orbit for first time, clearing way for commercial launches
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.