Spacecraft transit the Panama Canal
Apollo spaceflight would not have been possible without the Panama Canal, a major transportation hub more than 1,000 miles south of the Florida launch site. These two powerful examples of modern engineering ...
Final solar wing deployment test for Sentinel-2A
Once in space, Sentinel-2A will open its solar wing to generate the power it needs to carry out the task of monitoring Earth's vegetation. Engineers have recently made sure this move is well rehearsed before ...
Twin fools NASA at brother's launch on 1-year flight
Astronaut Scott Kelly's identical twin pulled a fast one on NASA right before his brother blasted off on a one-year space station mission.
Europe poised to launch more navigation satellites
Europe is all set to launch the seventh and eighth satellites for its navigation constellation that will ultimately consist of 30 orbiters, operators said on Wednesday.
Could the death star destroy a planet?
In the movie Star Wars, the Darth Vader's Death Star destroyed a planet. Could this really happen?
In 'milestone' toward Mars, NASA test-fires rocket
The most powerful solid rocket booster ever built was fired up for the first time Wednesday in a test that NASA described as a "significant milestone" toward Mars.
Galileo satellites ready for fuelling as launcher takes shape
All the elements for this month's Galileo launch are coming together at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. As the two satellites undergo final testing and preparations, the first part of their Soyuz launcher ...
Image: Training for Sentinel-2A launch
On 25 February, the Sentinel-2A Mission Control Team at ESOC, ESA's mission operations centre, Darmstadt, Germany, commenced simulation training for the critical launch and early orbit phase.
Image: Magnetospheric Multiscale Observatories processed for launch
NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) observatories are processed for launch in a clean room at the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Florida. MMS is an unprecedented NASA mission to study ...
SpaceX unmanned spaceship splashes down near Southern California
An unmanned Dragon spaceship splashed back to Earth on Tuesday after a successful supply run to the International Space Station but its owners were forced to scrub the launch of an important weather satellite ...
High wind scraps SpaceX observatory launch, rocket landing
Dangerously high winds kept a deep-space observatory grounded Tuesday and put off a radically new landing test of the booster rocket.
Image: DSCOVR on the launch pad
This photo shows the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft, or DSCOVR, at the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
SpaceX launch of observatory, landing test off until Tuesday
A deep-space observatory has to wait yet another day before flying.
SpaceX calls off launch of space weather satellite (Update)
SpaceX called off Sunday's planned launch of a deep-space observatory—and a revolutionary rocket-landing attempt—after a critical radar-tracking system failed.