SpaceX rocket launches BlueWalker 3 satellite, ace 14th landing

SpaceX launched a novel — and colossal — commercial communications satellite into orbit late Saturday and set a new launch record for its Falcon 9 rocket at the same time. The Falcon 9 launched into orbit from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida carrying 34 of SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites and BlueWalker … Read more

10 years since landing, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover still has drive

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover took this 360-degree panorama at a drill site nicknamed Avanavero on June 20, 2022. In its decade on the Red Planet, the rover has used the drill on its robotic arm to collect 41 rock and soil samples for analysis. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Despite signs of wear, the intrepid spacecraft is about … Read more

NASA taps Draper for first US landing on far side of the moon – Spaceflight Now

An illustration of Draper’s SERIES-2 lunar lander, which will deliver science and technology payloads to the moon for NASA in 2025. Credit: Draper NASA has awarded Draper a $73 million contract to deliver science instruments to the far side of the moon on a commercial robotic lander in 2025, the eighth award through the agency’s … Read more

RelaunchSpace reconstructs NASA flight plan for Apollo 11 moon landing

More than half a century since its pages served as humanity’s first roadmap to the moon, NASA’s Apollo 11 flight plan has been relaunched. More than a simple reprint, this new edition from RelaunchSpace (opens in new tab) has been reconstructed from the ground up so that it appears exactly as it did when it … Read more

SpaceX rideshare launch on tap today, followed by booster landing – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. The Transporter 5 mission will launch 59 small payloads from customers around the world. Follow us on Twitter. SFN Live Fifty-nine small satellites and hosted experiments are awaiting launch Wednesday … Read more

Obstacle course tests NASA astronauts’ mission readiness after moon or Mars landing

As NASA gears up for the next age of crewed space exploration, scientists are testing how well astronauts will be able to perform mission-critical tasks immediately after landing. These challenges include debarking from a space capsule, walking in a spacesuit and even setting up life-support devices. While there is already a focus on supporting the … Read more

Ingenuity helicopter flies over leftover wreckage from Mars landing last year – Spaceflight Now

The supersonic parachute and back shell from NASA’s Perseverance rover on the surface Mars. Credit: NASA-JPL/Caltech NASA’s flying drone on Mars has recorded aerial views of debris left behind from the landing of the Perseverance rover last year, showing remarkable details of the craft’s supersonic parachute and part of its aeroshell. The robotic Ingenuity helicopter … Read more

Axiom’s private crew gets extra time on space station after landing delay – Spaceflight Now

The 11-person crew is currently on-board the International Space Station, including the Ax-1 commercial astronauts wearing blue flight suits. Credit: NASA TV / Spaceflight Now The four-man crew flying on Axiom’s first private mission to the International Space Station is getting some extra time on the orbiting complex this week. Managers have extended their stay … Read more