November 29, 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: 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.

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.

SpaceX is about to break its own annual launch record

November 17, 2021

After a lull in launch activity the last few months, SpaceX plans to close out 2021 with a spurt of missions from all three of the company’s active launch pads in Florida and California, with five or more Falcon 9 flights planned before the end of the year.

Live coverage: SpaceX launches 53 Starlink internet satellites

November 12, 2021

SpaceX launched a reusable Falcon 9 booster on its ninth flight Saturday from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on a mission to deploy 53 more Starlink internet satellites into orbit. The mission, which was delayed from Friday due to weather, lifted off at 7:19 a.m. EST (1219 GMT), and was the first flight for SpaceX’s Starlink network to launch from Florida in nearly six months.

SpaceX test-fires Falcon 9 rocket for Starlink launch

November 11, 2021

Just ten hours after launching a crew capsule from a nearby pad, SpaceX ignited the main engines on a reused Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Thursday morning for a brief test-firing ahead of a planned liftoff Friday to begin a new phase of deploying the company’s Starlink satellite internet network.

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