Likely Crash Site of Mystery Space Junk Spotted on Moon’s Far Side

The newly formed double crater, spotted on the far side of the Moon near Hertzsprung crater. Image: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University Observations made by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have allowed scientists to identify the spot where a mystery object—likely a discarded rocket body—smashed into the Moon several months ago. The crash site is located near Hertzsprung … Read more

NASA, SpaceX to assess potential Starship threat to Crew Dragon pad

SpaceX is building a towering new gantry at the Kennedy Space Center’s complex 39A to launch its 394-foot-tall Super Heavy-Starship rocket, but NASA said Thursday it will not grant permission to fly until it assesses the possible threats to a nearby pad used to send astronauts to the space station. The new gantry and launch … Read more

SpaceX Just Pulled Off Three Launches in 36 Hours

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched Germany’s SARah 1 military imaging satellite into orbit on June 18.Photo: SpaceX It was a busy weekend for SpaceX, with the private space company launching three of its Falcon 9 rockets into orbit over a period of three days. SpaceX’s final launch may even have been carrying a classified government … Read more

Test to Maneuver ISS with Cygnus Spacecraft Didn’t Go as Planned

The Cygnus space freighter approaching the ISS on February 21, 2022. Photo: NASA NASA is currently evaluating the ability of docked Cygnus spacecraft to serve as boosters for the International Space Station, but a recent test of the concept was quickly stopped, for reasons that aren’t yet clear. The engine firing of Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus … Read more

Spirals Of Blue Light Appear In New Zealand Sky, Experts Point To SpaceX Launch

The blue spiral appeared in the night sky above New Zealand on Sunday. The stargazers in New Zealand were surprised by strange, spiraling light formations in the night sky on Sunday night. The photos were widely shared on social media, with many New Zealanders comparing them to some sort of “wormhole”. But experts said these … Read more

NASA Selects Astronauts to Fly on First Crewed Starliner Test Flight

In anticipation of Boeing’s first crewed test flight of Starliner, NASA has chosen two astronauts to fly on board the troubled spacecraft, in a mission that could launch later this year. On Friday, NASA announced that veteran astronauts Suni Williams and Butch Wilmore will fly on board the Crew Flight Test (CFT), the launch date … Read more

Low-cost Astra rocket suffers upper stage failure, two NASA satellites lost

California-based Astra on Sunday launched two shoebox-size NASA satellites from Cape Canaveral in a modest mission to improve hurricane forecasts, but the second stage of the company’s low-cost booster malfunctioned before reaching orbit and the payloads were lost. “The upper stage shut down early and we did not deliver the payloads to orbit,” Astra tweeted. … Read more

NASA’s Delayed Psyche Launch Presents Major Headache for Ride-Along Mission

Artist’s conception of the twin Janus probes. Image: Lockheed Martin A software glitch has caused the delay of Psyche, a NASA mission to explore a metal-rich asteroid. Two small probes are being included in the launch, but the postponement means they might not be able to rendezvous with their respective target asteroids. Psyche, a probe … Read more

NASA and SpaceX Postpone Launch of Crew Dragon

The Dragon launch was expected to bring two tons of supplies to the ISS as part of a resupply mission.Photo: NASA The upcoming launch of an uncrewed SpaceX Dragon to the International Space Station has been postponed following a potential propellant leak, in what is a rare glitch for the reliable cargo vehicle. NASA revealed … Read more

Here’s the Latest Prototype of SpaceX’s Giant Starship

A video posted to NASASpaceflight’s YouTube channel showed the new prototype being rolled out to the testing area.screenshot: Gizmodo It’s been nine months since we last saw a new Starship prototype exit the SpaceX factory in Boca Chica, Texas. The unfinished rocket, designated S24, is slated for qualification testing, but the Elon Musk-led company still … Read more