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European SolO sample ready to take on audacious mission

Image copyright AIRBUS Image caption The Spacecraft has completed its test and is now ready to go to Cape Canaveral in Florida                  The Solar Orbiter, or SolO, sample wants to put itself in the orbit of Mercury's Planet to Train Its Telescopes on the Earth Surface of our star. Other instruments want to sense the constant outflow of particles …

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NASA ICON Spacecraft launches space exploration mission

Northrop Grumman's L-1011 aircraft Stargazer prepares to launch the Pegasus XL on the skid strip of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on October 10, 2019 Company's rocket with NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON). Credits: NASA Following Thursday's successful launch, NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) is orbiting for a unique mission to investigate a region of space where …

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Spaceflight Now, the satellite industry's first robotic service mission, is up and running

The Breeze M upper stage of the Proton rocket, the satellite spacecraft MEV 1 and the communications satellite Eutelsat 5 West B (from left to right) during take-off on the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Credit: International Launch Services A groundbreaking Northrop Grumman-built satellite that will dock with an aging spacecraft over 35,000 miles above the Earth and then extend its …

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The NASA mission launched Lisa Nowak's career, fall, and diaper jokes

It was the diapers, not their journey into space, that made Lisa Marie Nowak a national sensation. When the former astronaut was arrested for stalking and assaulting her ex's girlfriend in 2007, she had some eyebrows raised in her possession: pepper spray, a mallet, a knife, a BB gun, a map to her romantic rival's house , Just as impressive …

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NASA continues asteroid surveillance mission – Spaceflight Now

Artist concept of the near-Earth object camera (NEOCam). NASA's planned NEO surveillance mission is similar to the NEOCam concept, which has been under study for more than a decade. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech After years of study, NASA plans to develop a space-based telescope that could be launched as early as 2025 to search the solar system for asteroids that …

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Air-launched rocket arrives at Cape Canaveral for satellite delivery mission – Spaceflight Now

File photo of Northrop Grumman's L-1011 carrier jet and Pegasus XL rocket arriving at the Skid Strip at Cape Canaveral Air Free Station before ICON launch attempt. Credit: NASA / Kim Shiflett A Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket is back at Cape Canaveral after a cross-country ferry flight Florida's east coast Oct. 9 with NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer satellite. The …

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NASA's InSight mission adapts to the sounds of Mars

The seismic experiment for the internal structure of the stationary probe is sensitive enough to record the gentlest vibrations. The seismometer was looking for earthquakes on Mars. Seismic activity can paint a picture of the inside of a planet and its origin, which is one of the main goals of InSight for Mars. InSight landed on Mars in November 2018 …

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