Category Archives: Space News

Falcon 9 Rocket Explodes on Way to International Space Station

The United States’ move to privatize its human spaceflight program suffered another setback yesterday (June 28). The U.S. stopped operating crewed spacecraft in 2011 and now relies on  Russian Soyuz rockets and spacecraft to get U.S. astronauts into space. NASA’s … Continue reading

Posted in Space News | Comments Off on Falcon 9 Rocket Explodes on Way to International Space Station

Dawn on approach to Ceres using ion engine

The dwarf planet Ceres, viewed from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on January 13, 2015 from about 238,000 miles (383,000 km). The image cycle represents 1 hour of time. Original NASA image here. The Dawn mission to the asteroid belt (between Mars … Continue reading

Posted in Space News | Comments Off on Dawn on approach to Ceres using ion engine

View of reentry from inside the Orion spacecraft

Ever wonder what you would see if you stared out the window of a spacecraft reentering the Earth’s atmosphere? Check out NASA’s video of the view out the window of Orion’s EFT-1 from the time she enters the atmosphere at … Continue reading

Posted in Space News | Comments Off on View of reentry from inside the Orion spacecraft

ESA finds Rosetta’s Philae lander

The European Space Agency found where their Philae lander ended up on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after it bounced a couple of times on landing. It came to rest at a pretty raucous angle, nearly on its side. But the instruments were … Continue reading

Posted in Space News | Comments Off on ESA finds Rosetta’s Philae lander

Earth from Orion EFT-1, Dec. 5, 2014

It’s been a long time since we’ve been out this far.

Posted in Space News | Comments Off on Earth from Orion EFT-1, Dec. 5, 2014

NASA knocks it out of the park with Orion’s EFT-1

As I write this, recovery teams are preparing the Orion EFT-1 spacecraft for recovery by USS Anchorage after a successful flight test of the U.S.’s next-generation crewed space vehicle. EFT-1 launched flawlessly this morning on a Delta IV Heavy rocket. She … Continue reading

Posted in Space News | Comments Off on NASA knocks it out of the park with Orion’s EFT-1

ESA’s Philae lander completes primary mission

The European Space Agency’s successful Rosetta mission has completed another mission objective. After a few hiccups, the Philae lander successfully came to rest on comet 67P/CG and has uploaded its primary mission data to the Rosetta mothership, which has relayed … Continue reading

Posted in Space News | Comments Off on ESA’s Philae lander completes primary mission

European Space Agency lands probe on comet

Congratulations are due to the European Space Agency (ESA). They pulled off a remarkable feat with outstanding scientific potential by landing a probe on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The mission is so difficult and has been so successful that, like the U.S.’s … Continue reading

Posted in Space News | Comments Off on European Space Agency lands probe on comet

Orbital implicates AJ-26 turbopumps in Antares’ failed launch, October 2014

In a recent press release, Orbital suggested that a failure related to a turbopump in one of the rocket’s two AJ-26 engines may have caused the October, 2014 Antares/Cygnus launch abort that destroyed both rocket and spacecraft. The turbopumps deliver fuel … Continue reading

Posted in Space News | Comments Off on Orbital implicates AJ-26 turbopumps in Antares’ failed launch, October 2014

Space news: Private space-faring’s two major setbacks last week

Private space-faring has taken a huge hit the last two weeks. On Tuesday, October 28, Orbital Science Corp. lost an Antares/Cygnus stack on liftoff at Wallops launch facility in Virginia. Shortly after the rocket cleared the pad the main engines … Continue reading

Posted in Space News | Comments Off on Space news: Private space-faring’s two major setbacks last week