March 30, 2017
Falcon 9

SpaceX ready to put rocket reuse vision to the test

March 29, 2017

A Falcon 9 booster that flew into space last year is set to launch again Thursday from Florida’s Space Coast with an SES communications satellite on a historic mission that could make major strides in validating SpaceX’s audacious goal of recovering and reusing launchers, an achievement the company says will revolutionize the rocket business. Liftoff is set for 6:27 p.m. EDT (2227 GMT).

News Headlines

  • Watch live: Kimbrough, Whitson begin spacewalk

    March 30, 2017

    For the second time in less than a week, astronauts left their quarters inside the International Space Station on Thursday to outfit a relocated docking adapter to eventually receive Boeing and SpaceX commercial crew capsules.

  • NASA assigns astronauts to future space station missions

    March 29, 2017

    NASA has announced that veteran astronauts Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold will launch on nearly six-month expeditions aboard the International Space Station starting in September and in March 2018, filling seats aboard Russian Soyuz spaceships recently acquired in a commercial arrangement with Boeing.

  • InSight lander’s troubled seismometer passes major test

    March 28, 2017

    A balky interplanetary seismic instrument that ran into technical problems in 2015, forcing a two-year delay in the launch of NASA’s InSight lander to Mars, cleared a major test last week after engineers redesigned part of the sensor package, boosting confidence that the mission will be ready to blast off in May 2018.

  • Twin solid rockets, reused veterans of spaceflight, set for Endeavour display

    March 28, 2017

    Two space shuttle solid rocket boosters — reusable space hardware that launched on 81 missions — are being gifted to the California Science Center to become part of the museum’s launch pad display of Endeavour.

  • Curiosity rover shows new signs of wheel wear

    March 28, 2017

    Engineers have spotted two small breaks in the treading on the left middle wheel on NASA’s Curiosity rover, one of six wheels that have moved the robot nearly 10 miles across the Martian surface since landing in August 2012.

  • Juno orbiter races by Jupiter on fourth science pass

    March 27, 2017

    NASA’s Juno spacecraft sailed over Jupiter’s cloud tops early Monday, the fourth time the solar-powered probe has approached the giant planet and collected science data since its arrival last July 4.

  • Scientists say thinning atmosphere drove the drying and cooling of Mars

    March 27, 2017

    Data collected by NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft in its first two years at Mars confirm suspicions that the solar wind is blasting away the planet’s atmosphere and helped transform the world from a warmer, wetter and potentially habitable world into the barren landscape seen today, scientists said.

  • Hotfire test completed ahead of milestone Falcon 9 launch Thursday

    March 27, 2017

    SpaceX has set the first launch of a “flight-proven” Falcon 9 rocket for Thursday evening after running the booster through a hold-down engine firing Monday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

  • Watch Falcon 9 go upright on the launch pad in time lapse video

    March 27, 2017

    A Falcon 9 rocket is moved into the position for a static test firing of its nine Merlin 1D engines. This time lapse video runs at 20 times normal speed.

  • Watch space station spacewalk highlights

    March 24, 2017

    Watch video highlights of a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday by Expedition 50 commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA and flight engineer Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency.

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