March 26, 2017

Live coverage: Falcon 9 static fire slips to Monday, launch likely now Thursday

March 24, 2017

Liftoff of a previously-flown Falcon 9 rocket is set for this week from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the first time SpaceX has reused one of its first stage boosters on a second mission. The flight was set for takeoff Wednesday, but the launch of the SES 10 communications satellite will likely be delayed to Thursday after launch preps ran behind schedule.

Q&A with Claire Leon, director of launch enterprise directorate at SMC

March 24, 2017

The head of the launch enterprise directorate at the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, Claire Leon, spoke with reporters March 15 about the military’s award of a GPS launch contract to SpaceX, and she discussed plans for more head-to-head launch contract competitions in the coming months.

Spacewalkers complete excursion outside International Space Station

March 24, 2017

Astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet put on their self-contained spacesuits and headed outside the International Space Station on Friday for a six-and-a-half hour excursion to prepare for the relocation of a docking adapter, service the lab’s Dextre robot, and install a new computer relay box.

New SLS engine controller tested in hold-down firing

March 23, 2017

A shuttle-era RS-25 rocket engine was fired at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi on Thursday in the first test of a new engine control computer that will launch on the first flight of the agency’s Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket as soon as late next year.

Trump signs NASA authorization act, Pence to chair National Space Council

March 23, 2017

President Donald Trump signed a new NASA authorization bill Tuesday, the first such space policy framework since early in the Obama administration, that largely continues the space agency’s efforts to foster a commercial economy in Earth orbit and explore deep space, with an eventual goal of landing humans on Mars.

Rosetta’s comet shows scars from swing through inner solar system

March 22, 2017

Scientists examining imagery from Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft have logged numerous changes to the face of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, from collapsing cliffs to a growing crack through the comet’s neck that could foretell the eventual unraveling of the city-sized icy world.

Europe’s ExoMars spacecraft begins lowering its orbit

March 20, 2017

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, a Russian-launched, European-built spacecraft that arrived at Mars in October, is starting to dip into the upper reaches of the red planet’s atmosphere in a year-long “aerobraking” campaign place the observatory in the right position to hunt for methane, an indicator of potential biological activity.

SpaceX’s Dragon supply carrier wraps up 10th mission to space station

March 19, 2017

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo craft ended a four-week mission Sunday with a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, returning from the International Space Station with more than 3,600 pounds of cargo, blood and urine samples, and specimens from a rodent research experiment aimed at helping patients with catastrophic bone injuries and osteoporosis.

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