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Antares ready for inaugural flight

Jason Davis • April 11, 2013

Orbital Sciences Corporation is ready to send their Antares rocket system on its inaugural flight.

Dragon overcomes issues, arrives at Station

Jason Davis • March 04, 2013

SpaceX's Dragon capsule has arrived at the International Space Station following a wild Friday in which the capsule's thrusters experienced an issue.

Dragon reaches orbit, but experiences propellant valve issue

Jason Davis • March 01, 2013

SpaceX's CRS-2 mission began successfully, but hit a snag when a thruster propellant valve failed to work properly.

Human spaceflight update: the modules edition

Jason Davis • January 16, 2013

NASA made Wednesday a big day for human spaceflight following the official announcements of two new partnerships with Bigelow Aerospace and the European Space Agency.

New crew arrives at station for holidays

Jason Davis • December 21, 2012

The ISS is back to a six-person crew following the arrival of NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield and Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Roman Romanenko.

Chilly liftoff sends veteran crew into orbit

Jason Davis • December 19, 2012

Three veteran space travelers are safely in orbit following a 6:12 p.m. (7:12 a.m. EST, 1212 UTC) liftoff from Baikonur, Kazhakstan Wednesday.

Orion service module, Ariane development highlight new ESA budget

Jason Davis • November 26, 2012

Representatives from the ESA approved a 10 billion euro budget for 2013-2017 during their Ministerial Council last week in Naples, Italy.

SpaceX's first paid cargo run off to bumpy start

Jason Davis • October 08, 2012

SpaceX successfully sent their first paid Dragon capsule towards the International Space Station Sunday night. But the bigger story happened on the way to orbit.

SpaceX ready for return to International Space Station

Jason Davis • September 25, 2012

SpaceX is two weeks away from returning to the International Space Station. Following a successful demo flight in May, NASA is entrusting the private spaceflight company with a half-ton of mission-critical station cargo.

VIDEOS: Nye & Teens in Space as Curiosity Lands in Hi-Def!

Mat Kaplan • September 19, 2012

Losing your enthusiasm for space exploration and science Watch these new and terrific videos for an exhilarating shot of Vitamin S.

Thursday: Watch Bill Nye Host YouTube SpaceLab Webcast

Mat Kaplan • September 11, 2012

The Planetary Society CEO goes to London to MC a live conversation with ISS astronaut Sunita Williams and the kids who've had their experiments conducted in orbit.

Birth of a New Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • July 05, 2012

As astronaut Don Pettit prepared for his return to Earth, he tweeted several beautiful shots from the Space Station.

SpaceX's Dragon returns to Earth, completes mission

Jason Davis • May 31, 2012

SpaceX's Dragon capsule successfully completed its COTS 2 demo flight, as the capsule splashed down into the Pacific Ocean on May 31, 2012.

Dragon packed and ready for reentry

Jason Davis • May 30, 2012

After making history at the International Space Station, SpaceX's Dragon capsule has been re-loaded with cargo and is preparing for reentry.

Dragon makes history, berths with International Space Station

Jason Davis • May 25, 2012

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has been successfully grappled with the International Space Station’s Canadarm2 and berthed with the station's Harmony module.

Congratulations to SpaceX

Bill Nye • May 24, 2012

On May 22, the Space-X Falcon rocket with its cargo capsule on top launched from Cape Canaveral and reached orbit ready to dock with the International Space Station. So far everything is going perfectly. It’s a huge step. Congratulations to Space-X, Elon Musk and his team.

Dragon completes initial ISS fly-under

Jason Davis • May 24, 2012

SpaceX's Dragon capsule performed a successful fly-under of the International Space Station last night, at a distance of 2.5 kilometers.

SpaceX successfully launches Dragon into orbit

Jason Davis • May 22, 2012

SpaceX moved closer to spaceflight history last night as their Falcon 9 rocket rose from its launch pad, sending the Dragon capsule on a journey to berth with the International Space Station.

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

Jason Davis • May 19, 2012

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.

SpaceX set to launch COTS 2 flight this Saturday

Jason Davis • May 18, 2012

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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