Technical problems plagued the 11 August 2018 liftoff of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket poised to send NASA’s Parker Solar Probe towards its rendezvous with the Sun from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Launch attempts at 3:53 a.m. and 4:28 a.m. both ran into snags that could not be fixed before the launch window closed at 4:38 a.m. on a rather dewy morning scrubbing the launch for the day. The launch team […]
The National Park Service (NPS) and NASA have teamed up in a fun way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails Act and NASA’s 60th Anniversary by sending a plush toy representation of Seaman into space to the International Space Station (ISS). Seaman was Meriwether Lewis’ Newfoundland dog that accompanied him on the eponymous Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806) as they blazed their way on a scientific expedition across the North American continent to the Pacific Ocean. Seaman […]
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: dog, International Space Station, ISS, Lewis and Clark, Lewis and Clark Expedition, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, Meriwether Lewis, NASA, National Park Service, NPS, Seaman Jr
The National Aeronautics and Space Act was signed into law by President Eisenhower on 29 July 1958, which established the goals for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): The expansion of human knowledge of phenomena in the atmosphere and space; The improvement of the usefulness, performance, speed, safety, and efficiency of aeronautical and space vehicles; The development and operation of vehicles capable of carrying instruments, equipment, supplies, and living organisms through space; The establishment of long-range studies of the […]
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: EMU, International Space Station, ISS, Manned Maneuvering Unit, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, President Eisenhower, Soviet Union, Space Shuttle
A time exposure shows the last SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 4 rocket arcing up into the sky before vanishing below the horizon after lifting off at 5:42 a.m. on 29 June 2018 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the fifteenth Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-15) mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on behalf of NASA. Both Falcon 9 and the Dragon spacecraft for the CRS-15 mission are flight-proven. Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported […]
The spacecraft of the near future that will take astronauts back into Earth orbit and beyond are on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The Space Launch System (SLS) that is under development is capable of lifting heavy payloads into Earth orbit or on trajectories to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. The SLS will launch the Orion spacecraft, which is capable of carrying astronauts to Mars. On display is the Orion spacecraft used for the Exploration Flight Test-1 […]
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: Boeing, CST-100, Dragon spacecraft, International Space Station, ISS, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, NASA, Orion spacecraft, SLS, Space Launch System, SpaceX, Starliner
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) at 6:51 p.m. on 18 April 2018 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. TESS will search for alien planets ranging from small, rocky worlds to gas giants orbiting bright host stars relatively close to Earth. View my TESS launch gallery.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on the CRS-14 commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station at 4:30 p.m. on 2 April 2018 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click to view the CRS-14 launch photos and to learn more about the mission.
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Commercial Resupply, CRS-14, Dragon, Falcon 9, International Space Station, ISS, NASA, SLC 40, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., SpaceX
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched the GOES-S spacecraft into orbit from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:02 p.m. on 1 March 2018 for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). View the rest of my selected GOES-S launch photos.
A NASA television helicopter, partially obscured by a Mercury-Redstone standing in the Rocket Garden, makes a couple of passes over the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This was seen on Tuesday, 6 February 2018, while waiting for the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched a Dragon spacecraft on a Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-13) from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to low-Earth orbit to deliver 4,800 pounds of crew supplies, science and research equipment, and other cargo to and from the International Space Station for NASA at 10:36 a.m. on 15 December 2017. Seen here, following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage landed at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Commercial Resupply, CRS-13, Dragon, International Space Station, ISS, Kennedy Space Center, Landing Zone 1, NASA, SLC 40, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., SpaceX