Aiming for the Moon: Artemis I countdown begins for historic flight

The launch countdown for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Artemis I mission is underway at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida ahead of a planned liftoff within a two-hour launch window that opens at 8:33 AM EDT (12:33) UTC) on Monday, August 29. The launch count comes after more than a decade … Read more

As Webb begins observing exoplanets, scientists use Spitzer data & brown dwarfs to reveal how silicate clouds form

In a new study from a group of researchers in Canada, data from NASA’s now-retired Spitzer Space Telescope was used to determine the conditions under which silicate clouds form on distant exoplanets outside of our solar system — giving scientists insight into what’s inside the atmospheres of exoplanets similar in size, temperature, and composition to … Read more

SpaceX’s 50th dedicated Starlink mission begins filling new network layer – Spaceflight Now

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket fires into orbit from California with 46 Starlink satellites. Credit: SpaceX SpaceX launched the 50th dedicated mission for the Starlink internet network Sunday from California’s Central Coast, deploying 46 broadband relay nodes to begin populating a new polar-orbiting “shell” to fill in gaps in the satellite constellation. The 46 Starlink satellites … Read more

Huge underground search for mysterious dark matter begins

Two researchers walk through an old mining tunnel to what is now the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, SD, on Dec. 8, 2019. The laboratory houses a dark matter detector. Scientists have begun a new search for mysterious dark matter in a former gold mine a mile underground. Dark matter makes up the vast … Read more

Machine learning begins to understand human gut

The robot in the Venturelli Lab that creates the microbial communities used to train and test the algorithms. Credit: Venturelli Lab The communities formed by human gut microbes can now be predicted more accurately with a new computer model developed in a collaboration between biologists and engineers, led by the University of Michigan and the … Read more

Countdown begins for Atlas 5 launch from Cape Canaveral – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from pad 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The mission, known as USSF 12, will launch the US Space Force’s Wide Field of View Testbed satellite and the USSF 12 Ring spacecraft into geosynchronous orbit. Text updates … Read more

The final five: Ariane 5’s march to retirement begins with dual passenger launch

Arianespace, ArianeGroup, and the European Space Agency (ESA) are gearing up for their second flight of the year and the first for the veteran Ariane 5 rocket, which begins its trek toward retirement with the first of its five final planned missions scheduled for lift -off from Kourou in French Guiana at 5:03 PM EDT … Read more

KARI names KPLO as it begins communication testing

The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) is preparing to launch its Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO), recently named Danuri. Danuri is South Korea’s first of many planned lunar missions in the coming future. This mission is developed and operated by KARI with contributions from NASA. A SpaceX Falcon 9 will launch Danuri on August 2, … Read more

Countdown begins for test flight of Starliner crew capsule – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from pad 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The mission will launch Boeing’s human-rated Starliner spacecraft on its second unpiloted Orbital Flight Test. Text updates will appear automatically below. Follow us on Twitter. SFN Live NASA Broadcast … Read more