Cosmos

Massive crowds are expected for the inaugural launch of NASA's mega-rocket

Massive crowds are expected for the inaugural launch of NASA’s mega-rocket

Spectators watch the liftoff of the space shuttle Atlantis July 8, 2011. The launch was the 135th and final space shuttle launch for NASA. Photo: Phil Sandlin (PA) NASA’s SLS rocket is set to launch for the first time in just three weeks, rumbling across the launch pad with 8.8 million pounds of thrust. There …

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Watch live as SpaceX attempts its first direct launch to the Moon

Watch live as SpaceX attempts its first direct launch to the Moon

A Falcon 9 rocket during launch last July. Photo: SpaceX South Korea embarks on its first lunar mission, and SpaceX was brought in to help. You can watch the historic launch live here. Hard to believe, but the upcoming launch marks the first time SpaceX will send a payload directly into ballistic lunar transfer orbit. …

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Fixed malfunction of the Lucy probe, good enough to complete the asteroid mission, according to NASA

Fixed malfunction of the Lucy probe, good enough to complete the asteroid mission, according to NASA

Lucy is fitted with a pair of 22-foot-wide solar panels on each side.Photo: Nasa Just hours into its 12-year journey to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, the Lucy spacecraft ran into a problem. One of its solar panels refused to fully open, and mission controllers have been working on the problem ever since. There is some good …

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NASA changes its rules for private astronauts

NASA changes its rules for private astronauts

Axiom Space’s four-man Ax-1 mission crew arrived aboard the ISS on April 9.Image: Axiom space As more private astronauts venture into space, NASA is looking to better regulate their journeys to Earth orbit. The space agency recently announced updates to the set of rules required for upcoming private astronaut missions, including the stipulation that all …

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