Space Flight

LADEE Sees Zodiacal Light before Crashing into Moon, but Apollo Mystery Remains

by Bob King April 24, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) literally ‘saw the light’ just days before crashing into the lunar farside last Thursday April 17. Skimming just a few kilometers above the moon’s surface, mission controllers took advantage of this unique low angle to gaze out over […]

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UPDATE: Spacewalkers Zip Through Tasks To Fix Broken Computer

by Elizabeth Howell April 23, 2014

UPDATE, 11:42 a.m. EDT: Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson finished their spacewalk in just 1 hour and 36 minutes, nearly an hour faster than what NASA budgeted for. Early tests show the replacement computer is working well, providing backup once again for the robotics, solar arrays and other systems on station. Can two astronauts fix a broken […]

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Remembering John Houbolt: the Man Who Gave Us Lunar Orbit Rendezvous

by David Dickinson April 22, 2014

The space community lost a colossus of the of the Apollo era last week, when John Houbolt passed away last Tuesday just five days after his 95th birthday. Perhaps the name isn’t as familiar to many as Armstrong or Von Braun, but John Houbolt was a pivotal figure in getting us to the Moon. Remove […]

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SpaceX Makes Strides Towards 1st Stage Falcon Rocket Recovery during Space Station Launch

by Ken Kremer April 19, 2014

The powerful SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that launched successfully on a cargo delivery run for NASA bound for the Space Station on Friday, April 18, from Cape Canaveral, Fla, also had a key secondary objective for the company aimed at experimenting with eventually recovering the rockets first stage via the use of landing legs and […]

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SpaceX Leases Historic Launch Complex 39A from NASA for new Era of Commercial Space Launches

by Ken Kremer April 16, 2014

The keys to NASA’s historic launch Pad 39A that propelled humanity’s first man to walk on the Moon – Neil Armstrong – during the history making flight of Apollo 11, have been handed over to new owners, namely the private aerospace firm SpaceX for a new purpose – serving as a commercial launch facility. NASA […]

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