Ariane launch aborted

The Ariane 5 launch of two communications satellites was aborted Wednesday after the rocket’s…

Satellite produces new map of Earth’s gravity field

European scientists unveiled Thursday the most detailed map to date of the Earth’s gravity…

Endeavour launch postponed 10 days

NASA has delayed the launch of the shuttle Endeavour by 10 days in order to…

Soyuz launches to ISS

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying three new International Space Station crew members lifted off Monday night…

SpaceX announces Falcon Heavy rocket

SpaceX announced Tuesday plans to build a rocket more powerful than any other launch vehicle…

NASA Braces for Possible Government Shutdown

NASA is preparing for a shutdown of the federal government, which could begin this weekend if Congress can’t agree on a budget.

Bolden and “evolvable” heavy-lift launch vehicles

What kind of heavy-lift vehicle does NASA want to build, or at least thinks it can build? That was one central topic of discussion in a speech and Q&A session by NASA administrator Charles Bolden on Capitol Hill on Friday, organized by the Space Transportation Association. Congress has already provided direction to NASA on this […]

Briefly: members speak, and Hiaasen speaks out

With Congress in recess this past week, members have been in their home districts talking about policy issues—which, in the case of certain districts in Alabama and Florida, means talking about space. Florida Today reports that Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) told an audience of local retired military officers that the US is making “a horrible […]

Congress to NASA: follow the authorization act

At a Women in Aerospace panel event last week, several Congressional staffers had a clear message for NASA: they have little interest in renegotiating, or simply ignoring, provisions of the NASA Authorization Act the Congress passed last year. “This isn’t a negotiation,” said one participant of the panel, held under the Chatham House Rule of […]

Senate NASA appropriations hearing postponed

Thursday’s scheduled hearing by the Commerce, Justice, and Science subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee on the NASA budget, scheduled for Thursday, has been postponed, according to the committee’s calendar. NASA administrator Charles Bolden was scheduled to testify. The hearing has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 5th, at 10:30 am. No reason for the postponement […]