Space Flight

Watch Live as NASA Announces Who Will Fly Astronauts to the Space Station

by Nancy Atkinson September 16, 2014

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream NASA will make a “major announcement” today on the return of human spaceflight launches for the U.S, specifically which commercial space company — or companies — will taxi astronauts to and from the International Space. You can watch the press conference live here today (Sept. 16) at 4 pm […]

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Stunning Footage from SpaceShipTwo’s Third Rocket-Powered Flight

by Nancy Atkinson January 14, 2014

Virgin Galactic released video from SpaceShipTwo’s flight test last Friday, January 10, 2014. This was the third supersonic, rocket-powered test of the Virgin Galactic system after dozens of successful subsonic test flights. The pilots Dave Mackay and Mark Stucky tested the spaceship’s Reaction Control System, the newly installed thermal protection coating on the vehicle’s tail […]

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How Long Does it Take to get to the Moon?

by Ian O'Neill November 7, 2013

This article was originally written in 2008, but we’ve now updated it with this spiffy new video. In a recent interview, Richard Branson outlined his vision for Virgin Galactic’s future. Once tourists are taken into Earth orbit, it seems possible that space hotels could be developed for longer stop-overs in space. He then went on […]

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Crew Launches to Space Station with Olympic Torch

by Nancy Atkinson November 6, 2013

Update: the crew has now arrived safely at the ISS. You can watch the arrival video below. Three new crew members are on their way to the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata and Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos launched on a Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft from […]

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ATV-4 ‘Einstein’ Says Goodbye to the Space Station

by Nancy Atkinson October 28, 2013

The Expedition 37 crew onboard the International Space Station closed the hatch and said goodbye to the ATV-4 “Albert Einstein” cargo ship early this morning, Oct. 28. Europe’s 4th Automated Transfer Vehicle undocked at 08:55 UTC (4:55 a.m. EDT). The cargo carrier was filled with trash and it will be deorbited on Nov. 2 for […]

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