June 25, 2018

Ground antenna problem scrubs Rocket Lab’s first commercial launch

June 23, 2018

Problems with a downrange tracking station kept Rocket Lab’s Electron launcher on the ground in New Zealand Friday, U.S. time, and the company ordered a two-day delay to resolve the issues and wait for improved weather. Rocket Lab pushed back the launch again to Tuesday because of unfavorable weather.

Live coverage: Electron rocket launch delayed to Tuesday

June 22, 2018

Rocket Lab’s first commercial flight of its privately-developed Electron satellite booster was planned Friday, U.S. time, from the company’s launch base in New Zealand, carrying a suite of satellites for U.S. and German companies and educational institutions. But problems with a downrange ground station forced officials to scrub the launch, and Rocket Lab has decided to wait for improved weather. Liftoff is set for no earlier than 8:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday (0030 GMT Wednesday).

Growing dust storm encircles Mars, rover remains silent

June 21, 2018

The effects of a global dust storm on Mars have been observed by plutonium-powered NASA’s Curiosity rover, which continues its scientific campaign as the thick veil of dust continues starving the aging Opportunity rover of solar energy on the other side of the planet.

Asteroid Ryugu revealed by approaching Japanese spacecraft

June 20, 2018

In the final days of a three-and-a-half year pursuit, Japan’s Hayabusa 2 sample return spacecraft is beaming back clearer images of asteroid Ryugu, an unexplored object that scientists say resembles a spinning top or dumpling nearly 180 million miles from Earth.

Dawn spacecraft flying low over Ceres

June 15, 2018

In the closing months of a nearly 11-year mission, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has arrived in its final orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres and is obtaining the sharpest views yet of the king of the asteroid belt.

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