December 8, 2022

Live coverage: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket with Eutelsat 10B satellite

November 22, 2022

SpaceX’s oldest active Falcon 9 rocket booster, in service since 2018, made its final flight at 9:57 p.m. EST Tuesday (0257 GMT Wednesday) to deliver a Eutelsat broadband communications satellite into orbit on a mission to provide internet services to airplanes and ships across the North Atlantic, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. A launch attempt Monday night was scrubbed a couple of hours before liftoff.

Eutelsat satellite to get last ride from SpaceX’s oldest active Falcon 9 booster

November 21, 2022

A 12,000-pound European broadband communications satellite designed to beam internet signals to airplanes and ships is ready to rocket into a high-altitude orbit from Cape Canaveral Monday night, marking the 11th and final flight for SpaceX’s oldest active Falcon 9 booster. The rocket will devote all of its lift capability to deploying the Eutelsat 10B satellite into as high of an orbit as possible.

NASA’s Orion spacecraft completes powered flyby of the moon

November 21, 2022

NASA’s unpiloted Orion spacecraft fired its main engine for two-and-a-half minutes Monday just before the capsule soared 81 miles from the surface of the moon, completing a flyby maneuver to bend its trajectory toward a distant orbit for more testing ahead of future lunar missions with astronauts.

Live coverage: Orion spacecraft slingshots by the moon

November 21, 2022

NASA’s Orion spacecraft fired its main engine at 7:44 a.m. EST (1244 GMT) Monday and flew just 81 miles from the lunar surface in a maneuver designed to set up for the capsule’s insertion into a distant retrograde orbit around the moon later this week.

Orion capsule closes in for lunar flyby

November 20, 2022

Nearly five days after its sky-lighting launch, NASA’s unpiloted Orion crew capsule closed in on the moon Sunday, on course for a critical rocket firing and lunar flyby Monday to whip the craft into a distant orbit. The goal is to pave the way toward a piloted flight around the moon in 2024.

James Webb Space Telescope spots what may be most distant galaxy yet found

November 17, 2022

The James Webb Space Telescope has spotted a remote galaxy shining just 350 million years after the birth of the cosmos 13.8 billion years ago, surprising astronomers who are struggling to figure out how stars and galaxies could have formed so rapidly in the wake of the Big Bang, researchers said Thursday.

NASA calls on “red crew” to fix leak near mostly fueled Artemis moon rocket

November 16, 2022

NASA’s Space Launch System moon rocket relied on advanced guidance algorithms, powerful cryogenic engines, and millions of lines of software code to get it off the ground for the first time Wednesday. But “there are also times when you’ve just got to put a wrench on a nut,” NASA’s Artemis ground systems program manager said. That’s what NASA did in final hours of the Artemis 1 mission’s countdown late Tuesday night, when the launch team called upon a “red crew” of two technicians and a safety engineer to tighten nuts around a leaky hydrogen valve.

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