NASA formally retires Mars InSight lander following four-year mission

NASA has formally retired its Mars InSight lander, the first robotic probe specially designed to study the deep interior of a distant world, four years after it arrived on the surface of the red planet, the U.S. space agency announced on Wednesday. Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) near Los Angeles determined the… Read More NASA formally retires Mars InSight lander following four-year mission

NASA finally launches Artemis mission megarocket into space

With a dash of launch-pad heroics and 8.8 million pounds (4 million kg) of thrust, NASA’s colossal new rocket soared into space for the first time early on Wednesday, sending a next-generation capsule on a crewless voyage around the moon and back 50 years after the final Apollo lunar mission. The U.S. space agency’s much-delayed… Read More NASA finally launches Artemis mission megarocket into space

Four-member SpaceX crew docks with International Space Station

A four-member SpaceX Crew Dragon team, including a Russian cosmonaut and the first Native American woman sent to orbit, safely docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday and moved aboard to begin a five-month science mission. Rendezvous of the latest NASA expedition to the orbiting laboratory came just after 5 p.m. EDT (2100… Read More Four-member SpaceX crew docks with International Space Station

NASA delays moon launch mission due to storm expected in Florida

NASA said on Saturday that it was scrapping Tuesday’s plans to launch Artemis, the U.S. return to the moon after five decades, noting concerns about a tropical storm headed to Florida. Tropical Storm Ian is expected to hit Florida, home to the Kennedy Space Center, next week, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Apart… Read More NASA delays moon launch mission due to storm expected in Florida

NASA postpones debut launch of megarocket again following fuel leakage

For the second time in five days, NASA on Saturday halted a countdown in progress and postponed a planned attempt to launch the debut test flight of its giant, next-generation rocket, the first mission of the agency’s moon-to-Mars Artemis program. The latest attempt to launch the 32-story-tall Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and its Orion… Read More NASA postpones debut launch of megarocket again following fuel leakage

NASA awards $1.4billion contract to SpaceX for five more astronaut missions

SpaceX will launch five more astronaut missions to the International Space Station for NASA at the end of the decade under a $1.4 billion contract order, the U.S. space agency said Wednesday, taking the company’s total contracted missions for its Crew Dragon astronaut capsule to 14. The latest boost to SpaceX’s NASA contract is part… Read More NASA awards $1.4billion contract to SpaceX for five more astronaut missions

NASA postpones debut launch of megarocket to moon following engine malfunction

NASA postponed the planned Monday debut launch of its next-generation rocketship on an uncrewed, six-week test flight around the moon and back, hoping to kick off the space agency’s multibillion-dollar Artemis program, successor to Apollo. The announcement was made on its Twitter account. The launch of #Artemis I is no longer happening today as teams… Read More NASA postpones debut launch of megarocket to moon following engine malfunction

Russia says it will stay on International Space Station until at least 2028

Russian space officials told their U.S. counterparts that Moscow expects to remain on the International Space Station at least until their own outpost in orbit is built in 2028, NASA’s space operations chief said. The assurance on Tuesday from Russia came after the newly appointed head of its space agency, Roscosmos, surprised NASA earlier in… Read More Russia says it will stay on International Space Station until at least 2028