September 28, 2022

Live coverage: NASA’s Artemis 1 rocket rolls back to VAB for hurricane protection

September 27, 2022

NASA rolled the Space Launch System moon rocket back to the Vehicle Assembly Building early Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center, moving the more than 30-story-tall launcher to safety as Hurricane Ian threatens Florida. The decision to roll the rocket back to the VAB will likely delay launch of the Artemis 1 lunar test flight until November.

  • Live coverage: NASA’s DART spacecraft intentionally slams into asteroid

    September 26, 2022

    NASA’s DART spacecraft made a high-speed impact with asteroid Dimorphos in an experiment to demonstrate a technique that could be used in the future to push a potentially hazardous asteroid off a track toward Earth. The spacecraft hit the asteroid nearly 7 million miles from Earth at 7:14 p.m. EDT (2314 GMT) Monday.

  • Hurricane Ian prompts NASA to move Artemis moon rocket back to its hangar

    September 26, 2022

    Faced with threatening weather from Hurricane Ian, NASA managers decided Monday to haul the $4.1 billion Artemis 1 rocket off its launch pad and back to the protection of the agency’s Vehicle Assembly Building, likely ending any chance of launching the unpiloted moonshot before November.

  • NASA spacecraft on track for asteroid deflection experiment

    September 25, 2022

    A NASA spacecraft is aiming to slam into a stadium-size asteroid at more than 14,000 mph Monday in a planetary defense experiment to test a technique that could be used in the future to divert threatening asteroids off a collision course with Earth.

  • Delta 4-Heavy rocket deploys spysat on final planned mission from ‘Slick Six’

    September 24, 2022

    United Launch Alliance sent a triple-core Delta 4-Heavy with a top secret U.S. government spy satellite into orbit Saturday from California’s Central Coast, closing out a chapter in the tangled history of a launch pad originally built to support military astronaut missions on Titan rockets and space shuttles. Two more Delta 4-Heavy rockets are left in ULA’s inventory for launches in 2023 and 2024 from Cape Canaveral.

  • SpaceX launches another successful Starlink mission from Florida

    September 24, 2022

    Another group of 52 Starlink internet satellites rocketed into orbit Saturday night from Cape Canaveral on top of a Falcon 9 launcher, continuing deployment of SpaceX’s global broadband network now accessible from all seven continents.

  • NASA waves off Tuesday launch for Artemis moon rocket

    September 24, 2022

    Faced with stormy weather ahead of soon-to-be Hurricane Ian, NASA managers Saturday ruled out a third attempt to launch the Artemis 1 moon rocket Tuesday but held open the option of making a run at blastoff on October 2, the current backup date.

  • Live coverage: Delta 4-Heavy rocket launches from California

    September 24, 2022

    United Launch Alliance’s Delta 4-Heavy rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California at 3:25 p.m. PDT (6:25 p.m. EDT; 2225 GMT) Saturday with a classified spacecraft for the National Reconnaissance Office, the U.S. government’s spy satellite agency. The heavy-lifter launched for the final time from California, with two more Delta 4-Heavy flights remaining from Cape Canaveral before the rocket’s retirement.

  • Photos: Delta 4-Heavy rocket on the launch pad in California

    September 23, 2022

    These views show United Launch Alliance’s 233-foot-tall Delta 4-Heavy rocket standing on Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on the eve of liftoff with a classified spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. This will be the final Delta launch from the West Coast.

  • Historic launch pad faces uncertain future after final West Coast Delta 4 mission

    September 23, 2022

    United Launch Alliance will move out of historic Space Launch Complex 6 at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California following the flight of a Delta 4-Heavy rocket set for Saturday, leaving the military to find a new tenant for the launch pad once intended to host space shuttle missions on the West Coast.

  • Live coverage: Artemis 1 moon rocket to return to hangar as hurricane threatens Florida

    September 23, 2022

    NASA has decided to roll the SLS moon rocket back to the Vehicle Assembly Building as Florida continues to be threatened by Hurricane Ian.

  • JWST shows Neptune’s splendor amid landscape of galaxies

    September 22, 2022

    Fresh images from the James Webb Space Telescope show the faraway planet Neptune hung amid a tapestry of even more distant galaxies, the latest view from a now-regular flow of observations from astronomers’ new eye on the universe. Scientists released Webb’s first views of Neptune and Mars this week.

  • NASA completes cryogenic tanking test on Artemis 1 moon rocket

    September 21, 2022

    Engineers filled up the Artemis 1 moon rocket with more than 750,000 gallons of super-cold propellants in a tanking test Wednesday at Kennedy Space Center after successfully troubleshooting another hydrogen leak. NASA’s launch director said she was “extremely encouraged” by the test, but officials have not yet committed to another attempt to launch the uncrewed test flight to the moon at the next opportunity Sept. 27.

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