July 23, 2021
  • Russian science lab heads for International Space Station

    July 21, 2021

    The International Space Station is set to receive its biggest expansion in more than a decade after the launch of a Russian research lab and a European robotic arm Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • Mars rover gearing up for first sample collection work

    July 21, 2021

    Five months after landing on Mars, NASA’s Perseverance rover is gearing up to collect its first core sample next month, mission managers said Wednesday, drilling out a lipstick-size bit of rock from the floor of an ancient lakebed where the remnants of past microbial life might be preserved.

  • Live coverage: Russia launches new space station science module

    July 21, 2021

    A long-delayed Russian science module and European robotic arm launched toward the International Space Station at 10:58 a.m. EDT (1458 GMT) Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. A Proton rocket successfully powered the Nauka science lab into orbit in pursuit of the space station.

  • SpaceX crew capsule relocated outside space station before Boeing mission

    July 21, 2021

    Four astronauts rode a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule for a flight from one International Space Station docking port to another Wednesday, clearing the way for arrival of a Boeing Starliner crew ferry ship on an unpiloted test flight later this month.

  • Bezos flies to space on Blue Origin’s first crew launch

    July 20, 2021

    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, his brother, a pioneering female pilot, and an 18-year-old Dutch student launched to the edge of space Tuesday on a 66-mile-high suborbital flight aboard his company’s New Shepard rocket, the latest achievement in a new era of billionaire-backed human spaceflight.

  • Russian lab module set for launch to space station Wednesday

    July 20, 2021

    A Russian science module in development for more than 20 years is set for liftoff Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on top of a Proton rocket, kicking off an eight-day flight to the International Space Station to boost the lab’s capacity for research.

  • Live coverage: Blue Origin launches its first crew flight to edge of space

    July 20, 2021

    Blue Origin launched first crew mission aboard a New Shepard rocket at 8:11 a.m. CDT (9:11 a.m. EDT; 1311 GMT) Tuesday from the company’s privately-owned spaceport north of Van Horn, Texas. Billionaire Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin’s founder, joined his brother Mark Bezos, aviation pioneer Wally Funk, and Dutch student Oliver Daemen for the successful 10-minute flight to suborbital space.

  • Bezos and excited crewmates eager for blastoff Tuesday

    July 19, 2021

    Nine days after being upstaged by Richard Branson, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is finally ready for his own flight into history, blasting off Tuesday morning aboard a fully automated spacecraft he believes will usher in a new era of commercial passenger service.

  • Boeing crew capsule mounted on Atlas 5 rocket for unpiloted test flight

    July 19, 2021

    Boeing’s second Starliner crew ferry spacecraft rolled out of its factory early Saturday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for mounting on top of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket set for liftoff July 30 on a redo of a problem-plagued unpiloted test flight in 2019.

  • Blue Origin gives green light for Tuesday launch of owner Jeff Bezos

    July 18, 2021

    While Jeff Bezos and his three crewmates worked through a two-day “astronaut” training course, engineers Sunday tentatively cleared their New Shepard rocket and capsule for blastoff Tuesday on a 10-minute up-and-down flight to the edge of space, matching rival Richard Branson’s feat nine days earlier.

  • Hubble resumes science observations after month-long outage

    July 18, 2021

    NASA said Saturday that the Hubble Space Telescope, now running on a backup payload computer, has resumed scientific observations after a failure knocked the aging observatory offline for more than a month.

  • New SpaceX drone ship arrives at Port Canaveral

    July 15, 2021

    A new SpaceX drone ship named “A Shortfall of Gravitas” was towed into Port Canaveral Thursday, completing a shuffling of SpaceX’s rocket landing platforms to support upcoming launches from Florida and California.

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