December 17, 2018
  • Virgin Galactic accomplishes milestone test flight to the edge of space

    December 13, 2018

    With two veteran test pilots at the controls, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane climbed to the edge of space for the first time Thursday in a major achievement for Richard Branson’s long-sought ambition to begin regular commercial hops with space tourists, and the first piloted flight by a U.S. vehicle above an altitude of 50 miles since the last space shuttle mission in 2011.

  • Russian spacewalkers cut into Soyuz spaceship to inspect leak repair

    December 11, 2018

    Clad in pressurized spacesuits, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev used knives and scissors to slice through insulation and a debris shield on a Soyuz spaceship set to return to Earth next week, finally reaching the capsule’s metallic hull to examine the site of an air leak plugged in August.

  • SpaceX makes another space station cargo delivery

    December 10, 2018

    A commercial supply ship owned and operated by SpaceX arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday, delivering a pair of NASA experiments to demonstrate satellite refueling techniques and monitor changes in Earth’s forests, along with a special holiday menu of turkey, candied yams, cranberry sauce and shortbread cookies.

  • Delta 4-Heavy countdown aborted moments before launch

    December 9, 2018

    A dramatic automatic abort 7.5 seconds before the planned liftoff of a United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket Saturday night kept the towering launcher on the pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, with a top secret spy payload for the National Reconnaissance Office.

  • Photos: Delta 4-Heavy poised for launch with U.S. spy satellite

    December 8, 2018

    A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket stands 233 feet tall at Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, ready for liftoff Saturday night carrying a top secret U.S. government spy satellite into orbit.

  • China launches historic mission to land on far side of the moon

    December 7, 2018

    A robotic lander and rover lifted off Friday (U.S. time) from China’s Xichang space center, kicking off a journey that will culminate in an attempt in early January to touch down on the far side of the moon for the first time.

  • Live coverage: Delayed flight of ULA’s heavy-lift rocket set for Tuesday night

    December 7, 2018

    United Launch Alliance has rescheduled the launch of a Delta 4-Heavy rocket from California for Tuesday at 5:57 p.m. PST (8:57 p.m. EST; 0157 GMT Wednesday), 10 days after a technical problem aborted a countdown less than 10 seconds before liftoff. The heavy-lift rocket will send a top secret National Reconnaissance Office spy payload into orbit.

  • China launches satellites for Saudi Arabia

    December 7, 2018

    Two Saudi Arabian Earth observation satellites and 10 small secondary payloads rode a Long March 2D rocket into orbit Friday from the Jiuquan space base in China’s northwestern Inner Mongolia region, hours before the launch of a Chinese lunar probe targeting the first soft landing on the far side of the moon.

  • Photos: Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Vandenberg on SSO-A rideshare mission

    December 6, 2018

    The first of two launches by SpaceX this week lifted off Monday, Dec. 3, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying 64 microsatellites and CubeSats to an orbit more than 350 miles (575 kilometers) above Earth.

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 boosts Dragon cargo ship to orbit, first stage misses landing target

    December 5, 2018

    Two days after a successful launch from California, SpaceX fired off another Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Wednesday, this one carrying a Dragon cargo ship loaded with 5,660 pounds of equipment and supplies bound for the International Space Station.

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