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NASA unveils Space Launch System

Posted by Jason Davis on 2011/09/15 11:58 CDT

After months of political wrangling, NASA has finally unveiled the design of the Space Launch System, America's next deep space transportation system.

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New Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter photos show Apollo sites in sharpest detail yet

Posted by Jason Davis on 2011/09/08 11:58 CDT

On September 6, NASA released new high-resolution photos from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) showing the Apollo 12, 14 and 17 landing sites from vantage points as close as 21 kilometers.

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Express Mail to Low Earth Orbit

Posted by Pablo Gutierrez-Marques on 2011/09/06 12:38 CDT

Concern about the supply chain for the ISS has been growing steeply over the last months. The final flight of Atlantis turned the ominous shadow of a future without the shuttle into a glum reality. And only a few weeks later, we have witnessed, with some degree of a shock, the first failure of a Progress mission in many years.

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What's up in human spaceflight: the gas station edition

Posted by Jason Davis on 2011/08/15 11:58 CDT

An update on human spaceflight, including orbital propellant depots, suborbital test flights and an Orion crew capsule test aboard a Delta IV Heavy.

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Looking down on a shooting star

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/08/15 06:19 CDT

This photo is making the rounds of Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and whatever other social network you care to name today. It was shot by astronaut Ron Garan from the Space Station, and it's a meteor seen from above. Way cool.

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What's up in human spaceflight: a Dragon approaches

Posted by Jason Davis on 2011/07/29 11:58 CDT

Private spaceflight company SpaceX has secured tentative approval with NASA to combine its next test flight with an actual ISS docking.

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Your guide to a shuttle landing

Posted by Jason Davis on 2011/07/19 11:58 CDT | 1 comments

The final installment of my three-part series on the basics of shuttle launches and landings. Part III: de-orbiting, re-entering and landing.

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Historic Final Flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour

Posted by Ken Kremer on 2011/06/15 01:17 CDT

After a 16 day journey of more than sixteen million miles, Space Shuttle Endeavour and her six man crew glided to a safe nighttime landing at 2:35 a.m. EDT on June 1 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. I watched from close by the shuttle landing strip as the ghostly ship flew past, preceded by shocking twin sonic booms.

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Happy 50th birthday of human spaceflight

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/04/12 12:12 CDT

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to see firsthand the blackness of space above our home planet's thin atmosphere. Since there's lots of thoughtful reporting and commentary being posted on this anniversary, I thought it'd be more useful to link to some particularly interesting posts than to add in my comments.

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Discovery Launch Scrubbed, Again

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2010/11/05 02:54 CDT

The launch has been scrubbed once again due to a critical hydrogen leak detected once fueling had been underway for a while.

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Days of Downs and Ups

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2010/11/04 10:47 CDT

Discovery has suffered an electrical problem related to one of the main engines. Thanks to delays related to that, and to weather concerns, the launch was scrubbed until Friday at 3:04pm.

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Discovery Launch at T-22 Hours: A Study in Contrasts and Enthusiasm

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2010/11/02 07:51 CDT

Mat Kaplan is at the Kennedy Space Center, 22 hours before shuttle Discovery is due to launch. Parts of the KSC are old and uncared for, while others are at the bleeding edge of space-flight technology.

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Space Shuttle: Not Designed by Hollywood

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2010/11/02 01:42 CDT

A brief musing on the public opinion of the shuttle when it was first unveiled, and now, as it's about to be retired.

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There is something about the space shuttle...

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2010/11/01 06:48 CDT

Mat Kaplan relays his experiences and thoughts as he makes his way to the Kennedy Space Center to witness the launch of the shuttle Discovery.

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Back to Apollo? Or Time for a Restart?
A Perspective on the Great Space Debate

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2010/07/02 01:23 CDT

To see the bigger picture, it can help to step back a bit from your current position. Sometimes you need to consider the past to inform your vision for the future.

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13 things that saved Apollo 13

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/06 01:12 CDT | 1 comments

Universe Today has recently completed a fantastic, thought-provoking series on the near-disaster of the Apollo 13 mission, which unfolded forty years ago last month.

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Discovery's penultimate mission to the Space Station

Posted by Ken Kremer on 2010/04/21 01:09 CDT

Planetary Society volunteer Ken Kremer witnessed the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on its STS-131 mission to the International Space Station in person and filed this report on the successful mission.

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Endeavour Crew Arrives at KSC

Posted by Ken Kremer on 2010/02/03 04:42 CST

The crew for the STS-130 flight of shuttle Endeavour arrived at the Kennedy Space Center late in the evening on Tuesday February 2. Blastoff is slated for February 7 at 4:39 AM and will be the final night time shuttle launch.

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The Power of Lighting Conditions

Posted by Samuel Lawrence on 2009/07/26 02:32 CDT

For over four decades, the lunar science community has absorbed the information from the Apollo missions. Although many important questions were answered, many important new questions are waiting to be tackled -- which is the very essence of science and exploration.

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The Future of NASA

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2009/07/25 04:35 CDT

Earlier this week I mentioned that there is an ongoing evaluation of the future of human spaceflight at NASA.

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