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NASA’s Lucy asteroid mission 10 days from launch

October 6, 2021

Fueled up for a 12-year mission of exploration, NASA’s Lucy science probe is nearly ready for launch Oct. 16 from Florida’s Space Coast to begin a journey through the solar system to visit eight asteroids, a record number for a single mission.

New eye on planet Earth rockets into orbit from California

September 27, 2021

NASA and United Launch Alliance deployed a new Landsat satellite in orbit Monday after liftoff on an Atlas 5 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, marking the 2,000th launch from the West Coast spaceport since 1958 and extending a series of Earth observations used by farmers, urban planners, and climate scientists.

Live coverage: Atlas 5 rocket launches from Vandenberg Space Force Base

September 27, 2021

NASA and United Launch Alliance launched the Landsat 9 satellite aboard an Atlas 5 rocket Monday at 11:12 a.m. PDT (2:12 p.m. EDT; 1812 GMT) from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California. The new satellite, developed in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey, will extend an unbroken nearly 50-year record of environmental images.

Monday launch from California begins countdown to Atlas 5 retirement

September 26, 2021

The launch of a Landsat environmental monitoring satellite Monday from California’s Central Coast will be the first liftoff of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket since the company confirmed there will be 29 more Atlas 5 flights before the Atlas family’s retirement.

Photos: Landsat 9 encapsulated inside Atlas payload shroud

September 24, 2021

The Landsat 9 satellite is set for launch Sept. 27 from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. These photos show the encapsulation of the environmental monitoring spacecraft inside the payload fairing of its Atlas 5 launcher.

Landsat 9 lifted atop launcher to extend unbroken environmental data record

September 21, 2021

The next Landsat observatory has been mounted on top of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket in California for liftoff Sept. 27, continuing an unbroken record of Earth observations to track urban sprawl, water usage, tropical deforestation, retreating glaciers, and more over the last half-century.

Pandemic-caused liquid oxygen shortage impacts launch schedules

August 31, 2021

The effects of a nationwide shortage of liquid oxygen caused by the recent spike in hospitalized coronavirus patients has already delayed the launch of a Landsat imaging satellite by a week, and threatens to impact more missions from launch sites in Florida and California.

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