October 16, 2021
  • Successful Soyuz launch thrusts OneWeb past halfway mark in fleet deployment

    October 14, 2021

    Another batch of 36 satellites for OneWeb’s internet network rode a Russian Soyuz launcher into orbit Thursday, giving the company more than half of the 648-spacecraft fleet it aims to deploy by the end of next year. 

  • Chinese astronauts ready for launch Friday on six-month space station flight

    October 14, 2021

    China’s first six-month human spaceflight mission, set to become a regular occurrence for the rest of the decade, is poised for launch Friday to kick off a trip to the country’s Tiangong space station. Chinese officials unveiled the astronauts for the Shenzhou 13 mission Thursday, publicly naming commander Zhai Zhigang to lead the crew. He will be joined by veteran astronaut Wang Yaping, who became the second Chinese woman to fly in space in 2013, and first-time space flier Ye Guangfu.

  • Live coverage: Atlas 5 rocket rolls out to launch pad with NASA’s Lucy mission

    October 14, 2021

    United Launch Alliance rolled out its next Atlas 5 rocket Thursday to a launch pad at Cape Canaveral, moving the launcher into position for blastoff Saturday at 5:34 a.m. EDT (0934 GMT) with NASA’s Lucy mission, a robotic spacecraft to explore the Trojan asteroids in the outer solar system.

  • Live coverage: Soyuz launches with 36 more OneWeb satellites

    October 14, 2021

    A Russian Soyuz rocket loaded with 36 OneWeb internet satellites launched Thursday from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East. Liftoff occurred at 5:40 a.m. EDT (0940 GMT), beginning a four-hour mission to deploy the 36 spacecraft into polar orbit.

  • First-look weather forecast favorable for launch of Lucy asteroid mission Saturday

    October 13, 2021

    NASA and United Launch Alliance officials met Wednesday and cleared an Atlas 5 rocket for launch from Cape Canaveral before dawn Saturday with the Lucy asteroid mission, a robotic spacecraft to visit unexplored asteroids in the outer solar system.

  • Blue Origin sends William Shatner to the final frontier

    October 13, 2021

    William Shatner, the 90-year-old veteran of countless imaginary space voyages playing Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, blasted off for real Wednesday, becoming the oldest person to reach the final frontier in a PR bonanza for Jeff Bezos and his rocket company Blue Origin.

  • Astronauts in final training for flight on brand new SpaceX crew capsule

    October 13, 2021

    The four astronauts set to blast off Oct. 30 to the International Space Station visited Cape Canaveral over the weekend for a test run inside SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft, one of the last training events before they return to Florida on launch week.

  • Live coverage: Shatner, co-passengers ride Blue Origin rocket to space

    October 13, 2021

    Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket launched from West Texas at 10:49 a.m. EDT (9:49 a.m. CDT; 1449 GMT), carrying actor William Shatner, Planet co-founder Chris Boshuizen, microbiologist Glen de Vries, and Blue Origin vice president Audrey Powers on a 10-minute suborbital flight to space.

  • Webb completes sea voyage to launch base in French Guiana

    October 12, 2021

    The James Webb Space Telescope, a successor to Hubble, arrived at the European Space Agency’s launch base Tuesday in Kourou, French Guiana, for final checkouts and fueling ahead of blastoff in December on top of an Ariane 5 rocket.

  • Eyes in space monitor La Palma volcano

    October 12, 2021

    Satellites and astronauts orbiting Earth have been tracking the eruption of a volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma for the last three weeks, revealing a red-hot river of lava pouring out of the ground and flowing into the Atlantic Ocean.

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