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Rocket Lab is scheduled to launch its Virginia Is For Launches mission later this evening. It will be the company's first launch from Launch Complex 2 at Virginia Space's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport within NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. While this will not be the first launch of Rocket Lab's Electron booster... Read more...
A new study claims that Santa's sleigh could indeed fly with some Boeing 747 wings and a Saturn V rocket engine, without the aid of any Christmas spirit. Physics students found their inspiration for the study from the 2003 Elf movie, where Santa has to use a jet engine to power his sleigh. It is that time of year... Read more...
NASA conducted a test on its newly redesigned RS-25 engine that will be used for future flights of the Space Launch System (SLS). The engine completed 209.5 seconds of a scheduled 500-second hot fire test before being shut down by a non-flight system used to monitor the engine. The Artemis program had a successful... Read more...
Blue Origin experienced a booster failure during a launch of its New Shepard capsule yesterday and became engulfed in flames. The rocket failure occurred about one minute post launch and prompted the space company to perform an emergency abort midflight. Jeff Bezos' company launched mission NS-23 at approximately... Read more...
NASA made the very difficult decision to delay the launch of Artemis I just two minutes after the two-hour launch window opened at 8:33 a.m. Eastern. While disappointing, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said, "We don't launch until it's right." The long-awaited launch of Artemis I will have to wait a bit longer, as... Read more...
A Chinese core rocket stage will be performing an uncontrolled reentry into Earth's atmosphere soon. The left over piece is from a Long March 5B rocket that launched this past Sunday. China launched a Long March 5B rocket from Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan on June 24, 2022. The rocket carried the Wentien... Read more...
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured images of a rocket impact that created a double crater on the moon. The rocket that caused the lunar crater is believed to be from a Chinese Long March 3C rocket booster, though that has not been definitively confirmed. Earlier this year a large object in space was... Read more...
NASA lost two TROPICS CubeSats when the rocket's upper stage single engine prematurely shut down and sent the second stage with its payload tumbling back toward Earth. The two satellites were part of NASA's TROPICS mission that hoped to send a total of six satellites into low earth orbit to study storms, and in... Read more...
NASA's Artemis I is ready to roll out of High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building and make its first journey to the launchpad. Rollout is scheduled to begin at 5pm EST from Kennedy Space Center in preparation for its wet dress rehearsal test. Artemis I is edging ever closer to making its historic launch from... Read more...
A 3 ton (2.7 metric tons) upper stage of a rocket has presumably impacted the far-side of the moon today. Not that we got to witness the event, but the space junk was expected to make impact on the lunar far side equator at Hertzsprung crater at 7:25am EST. The discarded upper stage of a rocket that is believed to... Read more...
NASA's Artemis 1 mission is nearing launch, and you can hitch a ride for free a trip around the Moon. Well, your name can at least. The Artemis program looks to return human boots back to the surface of the Moon, and eventually even further into space. Future missions will include the first person of color and... Read more...
While manmade space debris is still believed to be colliding with the Moon in early March, what that actual debris is believed to be has changed. Bill J. Gray, who originally linked the debris to a second stage booster from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched in 2015, has now determined it to be from a Chinese mission... Read more...
The second stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that was launched in 2015 is on a collision course with the Moon. You can watch live later today as it makes its closest pass of the Earth on its way to eventually crashing into our Moon. NASA recently announced that the International Space Station (ISS) has been funded... Read more...
Just before the sun rose this morning at 5:19am EST, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 551 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in spectacular fashion. Tagging along for the ride was some extraordinary NASA technology, namely the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) and Ultraviolet... Read more...
After a nearly two-year delay, NASA's CREX-2 is set to try and figure out what causes a speed bump at 250 miles above Earth. If nothing else, maybe it will give Santa some answers as to why Rudolph gets a bit slower at times. NASA has been extremely busy as of late with launching various missions such as DART... Read more...
NASA has been busy preparing for the inaugural launch of its Artemis program. As the launch quickly approaching, workers have fully stacked the massive rocket and its payload, the Orion spacecraft. Artemis I is scheduled for launch in February 2022, following the recent NASA launch of the Lucy probe earlier this... Read more...
We can expect one small step for man and one giant leap for SpaceX and their SN8 Starship in approximately a week from now. Yesterday, Elon Musk tweeted that the SN8 Starship is being prepared for static fire tests and a flight to 60,000 feet and back. Back in August, we reported on SpaceX doing 150-meter hops with... Read more...
SpaceX hit another milestone this week with an early prototype of its Starship rocket taking flight for the first time. The company posted a short clip to YouTube that shows the unfinished rocket light its Raptor engine and take to the sky. Eventually, later versions of the spacecraft will use multiple Raptor engines... Read more...
SpaceX has been doing very well with its contract missions to send satellites into Earth orbit and supplies to the International Space Station. This week SpaceX tested its strange-looking stainless-steel starship prototype called StarHopper. The test was the first time that StarHopper had flown without tethers holding... Read more...
Elon Musk and SpaceX have been doing some very cool things over the past decade with rockets. While the rockets SpaceX has been sending into space aren’t the sort capable of flying to the moon or Mars, they are capable of ferrying cargo safely to the ISS in Earth orbit and mostly returning to Earth in one piece. The... Read more...
One lucky person is about to “boldly go where no [private passenger] has gone before”. SpaceX recently announced that they have booked the world’s first private flight to the moon. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk promised in early 2017 that two tourists would take to the stars by the end of of 2018. Musk hinted that the... Read more...
A SpaceX Falcon 9 static fire test went horribly wrong earlier this week -- what was supposed to be a routine test run before today's scheduled launch ended in a massive fireball. The explosion, which occurred while fueling the liquid oxygen tanks, resulted in the destruction of Facebook's first satellite for use with... Read more...