December 4, 2021

NASA spacecraft blasts off on experimental mission to divert asteroid

November 24, 2021

A small NASA space probe blasted off from California early Wednesday aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on a first-of-its-kind mission to change the orbit of an asteroid, pioneering a technique that may one day be used to divert an asteroid off of a collision course with Earth.

Live coverage: Russia launches new space station module from Kazakhstan

November 24, 2021

Russia plans to add another module to the International Space Station this week, and the journey began with a launch from Kazakhstan at 8:06 a.m. EST (1306 GMT) Wednesday on a Soyuz rocket. Russia’s Prichal node module departed the Baikonur Cosmodrome on a two-day chase of the space station.

Live coverage: NASA, SpaceX launch asteroid deflection experiment

November 23, 2021

A first-of-its-kind asteroid deflection experiment lifted off overnight from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. SpaceX launched NASA’s DART mission on a Falcon 9 rocket at 1:21 a.m. EST Wednesday (0621 GMT; 10:21 p.m. PST Tuesday) on a 10-month mission to collide with a near-Earth asteroid, proving a technique that could protect Earth from a future threat from space.

Falcon 9 launch timeline with DART

November 23, 2021

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set for liftoff from Vandenberg Space Force Base, heading southeast over the Pacific Ocean with NASA’s DART asteroid deflection experiment. It will take 55 minutes to deploy the DART spacecraft on an Earth escape trajectory.

Webb telescope launch delayed to investigate clean room incident

November 22, 2021

NASA said Monday the launch of the $9.7 billion James Webb Space Telescope will be delayed at least four days until no earlier than Dec. 22 out of “sheer caution” to ensure the observatory suffered no damage from vibrations during a processing incident at its launch site in French Guiana.

SpaceX ready for first launch with NASA interplanetary mission

November 22, 2021

A small spacecraft set to launch on a collision course with an asteroid has been encapsulated inside the payload fairing of its Falcon 9 rocket for blastoff from California this week, a mission that will mark SpaceX’s first launch with a NASA solar system science probe.

Astra reaches orbit for first time, clearing way for commercial launches

November 22, 2021

Astra launched its first rocket into orbit from Alaska early Saturday after falling short on three previous tries, an achievement company officials said will unlock “tremendous demand” for its small satellite launch service. The company’s next mission will carry six small CubeSat payloads into orbit for NASA, and could take off before the end of the year.

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