SpaceX test fires Falcon 9 engines in prelude to May 7 station flight | Space News, Commercial Space, International Space Station

By WILLIAM HARWOOD CBS News KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL–Working by remote control, Space Exploration Technologies engineers briefly test fired the nine first stage engines powering the company’s Falcon 9 rocket Monday, a key milestone before launch May 7 on the first commercial cargo flight to the International Space Station.

The two-second test firing at launch […]

Segre Lecture: How Did The Universe Begin?

Emilio Segre Distinguished Lecture by Andrew Lange: How Did the Universe Begin?

Original Broadcast Date: November 18, 2009

There is strong evidence that the entire Universe sprang from sub-atomic dimensions 13.7 billion years ago in a violent event known as Inflation, but we understand almost nothing of what would have caused this to happen. […]

NASA Transports Space Shuttle Enterprise to New York

On Friday, April 27 Enterprise, the first NASA space shuttle was transported atop a 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft from Dulles International Airport, near Washington, D.C. to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Enterprise eventually will be displayed at New York’s Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Though Enterprise, the first space shuttle orbiter never […]

Cosmonaut Training in Preparation for the May Launch of “Altair”

In the Cosmonaut Training Center Gagarin. Cosmonauts complete training of the crew, who will fly to the ISS in mid-May on the  “Soyuz TMA-04M” – Altair Mission.

Named after Altair is the brightest star in the constellation Aquila.

The crew commander Gennady Padalka, a former Air Force officer. The most experienced. This will be his 4th […]

Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA, Russian Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov and Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin were greeted in a traditional ceremony at the airport in Kustanai, Kazakhstan on April 27, 2012, hours after landing in their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft on the steppe of Kazakhstan. After the ceremony, the crew split up, with Shkaplerov […]

Launch of the ILV Proton-M spacecraft YaSat-1B/YahSat 1B

April 24 at 2:00 Moscow time, 18 minutes from the launch pad area 200 Baikonur launch took place of a space rocket “Proton-M” with the upper block (RB), “the Briz-M”, designed for launching into orbit telecommunications spacecraft (SC) “YaSat -1B. ”

In accordance with the flight cyclogram head unit in the Republic of Belarus “the […]

Mining asteroids for water and platinum? Planetary Resources co-founders Peter Diamandis and Eric Anderson say it can be a reality soon

Imagine a mission to dock with an asteroid to extract water and platinum. Might sound more like the 1998 blockbuster “Armageddon,” but if one company has it’s way it will be reality very soon.

Today, a new company called “Planetary Resources” is announcing it will do just that. The plan: To look for water […]

Rollout of the ILV Proton-M spacecraft YaSat-1B/YahSat 1B

April 20, 2012 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome took the rollout of a space rocket (ILV) “Proton-M” with the upper block (RB), “the Briz-M” and the spacecraft (SC) “YaSat-1B.”

Launch is scheduled for April 24, 2012 at 2:18 GMT.


Launch of the ILV Soyuz-U with Progress M-THC 15M

April 20 at 16.50 Moscow time, in accordance with the flight program with the International Space Station Launch Complex 31 area Baikonur launched cargo spacecraft “Progress M-15M.”

After the third stage of full-time branch of the launch vehicle, THC, “Progress M-15M” launched to orbit an artificial satellite of the Earth and adopted by the management […]

ESOcast 42 Special: Looking Up — Special 50th anniversary episode #2

“Looking Up” is the second special episode of this series and ESOcast 42 overall. In it we look at how, over the past fifty years, ESO has helped to unravel some of the mysteries of the Universe in which we live. Astronomers were in need of more powerful tools to observe the sky and […]