February 20, 2018

Saturn’s night side caught in “ringshine”

February 19, 2018

In the final hours of its pioneering mission, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft opened its cameras to gaze down on Saturn, recording views of a nighttime cloudscape illuminated by sunlight reflected off countless tiny ice particles in the planet’s rings.

GOES-S weather observatory hoisted atop Atlas 5 rocket

February 16, 2018

NOAA’s next geostationary weather satellite, GOES-S, was raised on top of an Atlas 5 launcher Friday at Cape Canaveral in preparation for liftoff March 1 to keep watch over the Pacific Ocean and the Western United States.

Exoplanet-hunting satellite arrives in Florida for April launch

February 16, 2018

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for final testing, fueling and attachment to a Falcon 9 launcher for liftoff in mid-April, a delay of nearly one month to allow SpaceX additional time to prepare the rocket for the mission.

Spacewalking astronauts complete robot arm work

February 16, 2018

Astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Japanese crewmate Norishige Kanai floated outside the International Space Station Friday, repositioned two robot arm grapple mechanisms following repair work last month and carried out a variety of “get-ahead” tasks before calling it a day.

Live coverage: Launch of Spanish radar satellite delayed to Wednesday

February 16, 2018

SpaceX has pushed back the launch of a Spanish radar observation satellite from California from Sunday until Wednesday. The Paz Earth-imaging spacecraft is expected to ride into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket along with two prototype payloads for SpaceX’s planned Starlink broadband satellite network. The launch Wednesday is timed for 6:17 a.m. PST (9:17 a.m. EST; 1417 GMT).

Photos: SpaceX’s imagery of Falcon Heavy test flight

February 15, 2018

SpaceX this week released a new batch of photos showing the Feb. 6 liftoff of the company’s first Falcon Heavy rocket from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, followed by landing of the launcher’s two side boosters around eight minutes later at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Elon Musk’s Tesla will have a close encounter with Earth in 2091

February 14, 2018

Even though it doesn’t obey any earthly speed limit and has a space-suited mannequin for a driver, Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster won’t drive up his insurance rates anytime soon. Researchers say the sports car won’t have a really close encounter with Earth until 2091 and could last millions of years before getting totaled in a planetary crackup.

NASA gears up for brisk launch pace, starting with weather satellite

February 14, 2018

Engineers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center tasked with overseeing launches of scientific satellites and interplanetary probes will be responsible later this year for ensuring six major missions safely get into space over a span of a little more than six months, beginning with the launch of NOAA’s new GOES-S weather observatory on an Atlas 5 rocket March 1.

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