October 20, 2021

Webb telescope unboxed after shipment to Guiana Space Center

October 19, 2021

Engineers removed the James Webb Space Telescope from its intercontinental shipping container in South America last week, and kicked off a final pre-launch comprehensive electrical systems test Monday ahead of blastoff in December on an Ariane 5 rocket, NASA’s program manager said.

China launches orbiting solar observatory

October 18, 2021

China successfully launched a half-ton scientific research satellite Oct. 14 to study the violent and sudden physical processes behind solar flares, joining 10 other small payloads on a Long March 2D rocket that also tested grid fins to help guide the expendable booster away from populated areas during its fall back to Earth.

Live coverage: Russian actress, film director, cosmonaut back on Earth

October 17, 2021

Closing out a nearly 12-day high-flying film shoot on the final frontier, Russian actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko returned to Earth Sunday with cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy. The crew’s Soyuz spacecraft landed in Kazakhstan at 12:35 a.m. EDT (0435 GMT), following an undocking from the International Space Station three hours earlier.

NASA asteroid explorer leaves planet Earth on Atlas 5 rocket

October 16, 2021

Bound for a pristine population of ancient asteroids, a NASA science probe named Lucy took off from Cape Canaveral before dawn Saturday and rocketed into space on top of an Atlas 5 launcher to begin a 12-year, $981 million mission seeking out clues about the early solar system.

Live coverage: NASA’s Lucy asteroid probe blasts off on Atlas 5 rocket

October 16, 2021

NASA’s Lucy spacecraft, buttoned up in the nose cone of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5, took off from Cape Canaveral at 5:34 a.m. EDT (0934 GMT) Saturday. The Lucy mission will take aim on eight asteroids during a 12-year mission, a record number of flyby targets for a single spacecraft.

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