Coronavirus work stoppage likely to delay launch of NASA X-ray astronomy mission
A nearly three-month stoppage of on-site work due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus at NASA’s Marshall Space Fight Center in Alabama is expected to push back the launch of the IXPE X-ray astronomy satellite from May 2021 until some time later next year, a senior space agency official said.
SpaceX wins NASA contract to launch X-ray telescope on reused rocket
Neutron star collision an astronomical gold mine
On Aug. 17, gravity waves rippled through the solar system, slightly squeezing and stretching the space Earth occupies, the result of a catastrophic collision of two compact-but-massive neutron stars, producing a so-called “kilonova” explosion that seeded the local environment with a flood of heavy elements ranging from gold and platinum to uranium and beyond, scientists said Monday.
Chinese astronomy satellite placed into orbit by Long March rocket
Dragon supply ship delivers to space station for second time
Reused Dragon cargo capsule launched on journey to space station
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Live coverage: SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule arrives at space station
Two days after blasting off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, SpaceX’s refurbished Dragon supply ship arrived at the International Space Station on Monday with nearly 6,000 pounds of experiments and equipment. Grapple of Dragon by the station’s robot arm occurred at 9:52 a.m. EDT (1352 GMT).