Speaking publicly for the first time since a Falcon 9 rocket failure that destroyed a Dragon cargo capsule for the International Space Station, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said Tuesday that engineers are still piecing together what happened during the June 28 accident in hopes of announcing more details within a few days.
Fully recovered from a computer hiccup that disrupted science observations this weekend, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will resume imaging of Pluto on Tuesday, a week before the plutonium-powered probe zooms less than 7,800 miles from the unexplored dwarf planet at the frontier of the solar system.
Russia’s Progress M-28M supply ship blasted off from the steppes of Kazakhstan on Friday, launching on a two-day trip to the International Space Station with critical supplies, fuel and fresh food displayed by station astronaut Scott Kelly. Packed with nearly 3 tons of cargo, including fresh water and oxygen, the resupply mission lifted off at 0455 GMT (12:55 a.m. EDT; 10:55 a.m. local time) Friday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The cargo capsule reached the space station at 0711 GMT (3:11 a.m. EDT) Sunday after a two-day pursuit. Email the author. Follow Stephen Clark on Twitter: @StephenClark1.