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SpaceX's Falcon 9 aborts liftoff due to abnormal engine reading

Posted by Jason Davis on 2012/05/19 10:51 CDT | 2 comments

The launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule was aborted last night a half-second before liftoff, due to abnormally high pressure readings in engine number five.

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SpaceX set to launch COTS 2 flight this Saturday

Posted by Jason Davis on 2012/05/18 09:45 CDT | 1 comments

This Saturday, SpaceX will attempt to make history by launching the first commercial spacecraft to berth with the International Space Station.

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SpaceX Dragon flight to ISS draws near

Posted by Jason Davis on 2012/04/16 09:45 CDT | 1 comments

SpaceX and NASA have completed a successful flight readiness review (FRR) for the Dragon's upcoming visit to the International Space Station.

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NASA collects round three of CCDev proposals

Posted by Jason Davis on 2012/04/13 08:15 CDT

NASA is soliciting a third round of proposals from private spaceflight companies looking to send astronauts to the International Space Station.

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Lovely Lovejoy pictures

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/12/27 10:34 CST

Just a few of the amazing photos of Comet Lovejoy that have been taken from the southern hemisphere over the last few days. Comet Lovejoy is the first Kreutz sungrazer to have been discovered from the ground in 40 years, and after its surprising survival of its passage close to the Sun, it has been putting on a spectacular show in southern skies.

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Expedition 30, SpaceX and Stratolaunch

Posted by Jason Davis on 2011/12/16 10:25 CST

An update on upcoming missions to the International Space Station (ISS).

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One-astronaut game of baseball in the International Space Station

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/12/01 07:18 CST

A fun video of Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa playing baseball aboard the ISS.

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Have two spacecraft ever docked to two separate space stations on the same day?

Posted by Jason Davis on 2011/11/02 04:20 CDT

The Chinese spacecraft Shenzhou 8 docks with space station Tiangong 1, on the same day a Progress resupply capsule arrives at the International Space Station.

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Decoding SpaceX's re-usable spacecraft concept

Posted by Jason Davis on 2011/10/07 10:45 CDT

Breaking down the futuristic technologies for SpaceX's reusable Grasshopper spacecraft, as shown in a recent promotional video.

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Video: Soaring over Earth

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/09/19 12:46 CDT

This amazing video has already been posted by basically every other space blogger but I can't resist featuring it too, especially because I just realized that it was not made by NASA but instead by a member of the public digging into public NASA archives of image data -- yay for amateurs!

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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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Progress comes to a halt

Posted by Jason Davis on 2011/09/01 11:58 CDT

The first post-shuttle resupply mission in ISS history got off to a rocky start, as a Russian Progress cargo spacecraft failed to reach orbit, crashing into south central Russia.

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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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Venus, and the Moon, and Atlantis, and ISS, and Magellan

Posted by Pam Chadbourne on 2010/05/14 10:41 CDT

Pam Chadbourne, one of the many engineers who made the Magellan Radar Mapper mission possible, sent this note out to Magellan team members this morning, and graciously permitted me to post it here.

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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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Pretty picture: Fly through the aurora

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/05 04:37 CDT

Space Station astronaut Soichi Noguchi is an awesome photographer. This image is going straight into the "Best of 2010" collection.

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Pretty Picture: ISS in the X-band

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/04 08:40 CST

This is from the "Just Plain Cool" department: a picture of the International Space Station taken in microwave radar.

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Endeavour Launch Ignites Night Sky

Posted by Ken Kremer on 2010/02/09 12:03 CST

Planetary Society volunteer Ken Kremer is reporting for us from the Kennedy Space Center, where he is covering the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour, set to launch this weekend.

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