NASA's DART Smacks Asteroid Dimorphos -- A First

By Mark Carreau Sep 27, 2022
NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission probe slammed into a targeted Near Earth Object, the asteroid Dimorphos, on Sept. 26 to…
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SLS Launch Off Until At Least Mid-September

By Mark Carreau Sep 03, 2022
Stymied by a new liquid hydrogen leak, NASA called off its second attempt to launch the Artemis I flight test.
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NASA Clears Team To Fuel SLS For Launch

By Irene Klotz Sep 03, 2022
CAPE CANAVERAL -- NASA managers on Sept. 3 cleared the Kennedy Space Center launch team to proceed with fueling the two-stage Space Launch System …
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NASA To Try Again To Launch SLS On Sept. 3

By Mark Carreau Aug 31, 2022
The weather forecast for a launch attempt on Sept. 3 is not ideal, with just a 40% chance conditions will be suitable for liftoff due to cloud cover and the chance of rain and lightning.
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Technical Issue Nixes First SLS Launch Attempt

By Irene Klotz Aug 29, 2022
NASA had planned to launch the SLS, carrying an uncrewed Orion spacecraft, during a 2-hr. window that opened at 8:33 a.m. EDT. The next launch opportunity is at 12:48 p.m. EDT on Sept. 2.
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SLS Countdown On Hold As NASA Assesses Technical Issues

By Irene Klotz Aug 29, 2022
CAPE CANAVERAL — The countdown for NASA’s first Space Launch System (SLS) rocket went into an unplanned hold at the T-minus-40 min. mark to allow the…
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Delayed SpaceX Resupply Mission Reaches Space Station

By Mark Carreau Jul 16, 2022
SpaceX CRS-25 autonomously docked to the International Space Station’s U.S. segment Harmony module on July 16, delivering more than 5,800 lbs. of crew supplies, science investigations, technology development projects and station hardware.
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NASA Launches Rockets From Australia In Commercial First

By Chen Chuanren Jun 27, 2022
The flight marks the first time NASA has launched from a commercial spaceport outside of the United States.
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Private Axiom-1 Crew Docks To ISS Late But Safely

By Mark Carreau Apr 09, 2022
Axiom Mission-1's (Ax-1) four private astronauts successfully docked to the International Space Station (ISS) April 9, to begin an eight-day visit filled with medical and scientific research and technology development activities.
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NASA Scrubs Artemis 1 Wet Dress Rehearsal, Preps for Second Attempt

By Mark Carreau Apr 04, 2022
The April 3 WDR was scrubbed in response to a loss of capability to sufficiently pressurize the Mobile Launch Platform (MLP), upon which the 322-ft. tall, 5.75 million-lb. rocket rests.
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Roscosmos CEO Repeats Threat to Withdraw from ISS

Aviation Week Staff Apr 02, 2022
Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin has again threatened that Russia could withdraw from the International Space Station if Western countries don’t lift…
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Webb Reconfiguration Continuing Smoothly, NASA Says

By Irene Klotz Dec 30, 2021
The reconfiguration of the James Webb Space Telescope continued on Dec. 30 with the removal of covers that protected the observatory’s delicate sunshield for launch, setting the stage for the deployment of a five-layer, tennis court-sized structure needed to passively cool the telescope for its science program. 
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JWST Launch Just The Beginning, Nelson Says

By Irene Klotz Dec 25, 2021
“There’s 344 things that now have to work perfectly,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in a post-launch interview.
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NASA, Roscosmos Still Striving For Crew Swap Launch Agreement

By Mark Carreau Dec 24, 2021
NASA and Roscosmos continue to pursue an astronaut/cosmonaut crew exchange agreement for Soyuz and NASA Commercial Crew launches to the International Space Station.
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Webb Telescope Launch Delayed Again

By Irene Klotz Dec 15, 2021
Launch is being delayed to no earlier than Dec. 24 due to a communications issue between the observatory and its Ariane 5 launch vehicle.
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Northrop Grumman Contract To Advance SLS Development

By Mark Carreau Dec 03, 2021
The SLS is a cornerstone of NASA efforts to return to the Moon with human explorers and prepare for human expeditions to Mars.
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Blue Origin, Nanoracks, Northrop Win NASA Space Station Awards

By Jen DiMascio Dec 02, 2021
The contracts mark kickoff of two-phase approach to moving from the government-owned ISS to a public-private outpost in low Earth orbit.
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Station Spacewalkers Spot Possible Debris Strikes

By Mark Carreau Dec 02, 2021
Initially planned for Nov. 30, the excursion was delayed two days so that NASA could assess a possible orbital debris concern.
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Debris Concern Prompts NASA Spacewalk Delay

By Mark Carreau Nov 30, 2021
NASA did not link the debris to a mid-November Russian anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test.
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NASA Pursuing Space Station Extension Despite Aging Concerns

By Mark Carreau Nov 30, 2021
NASA management disagrees with a conclusion reached by the agency’s inspector general (IG) in a report issued Nov. 30.
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SLS Engine Controller Troubleshooting Underway

By Irene Klotz Nov 30, 2021
Efforts to determine the root cause of the problem have been underway since Nov. 22.
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JWST Processing Mishap Traced To Improperly Assembled Equipment

By Irene Klotz Nov 29, 2021
NASA-led anomaly investigation found cause of vibration throughout James Webb Space Telescope.
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Space Station Home To Seven After Crew-3 Docking

By Mark Carreau Nov 12, 2021
The Dragon’s autonomous docking occurred at 6:32 p.m. EST Nov. 11, just under 40 min. earlier than initially projected.
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NASA Probe Begins 12-Year Tour To Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids

By Irene Klotz Oct 16, 2021
A NASA spacecraft has begun a 12-year, 4 billion-mi. mission to explore an unusual population of asteroids that became locked in Jupiter’s orbit during the early days of the Solar System’s formation.
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SpaceX Beefs Up Crew-3 Dragon 

By Irene Klotz Oct 05, 2021
The upgrades should help prevent issues encountered during previous flights, including a debris strike that damaged a drogue parachute used during the descent of the Crew-1 mission in May.
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