Air leak detected on-board the International Space Station

Crews on board the International Space Station have started work to repair a small leak in the Soyuz MS-09 Spacecraft. While the crew were sleeping, officials on the ground noticed a small drop in cabin pressure around 7pm EDT. This leak poses no immediate danger to the crew as they have weeks of air left on the station with the leak present, but they have started to repair the hole. To slow the loss of air and pressure, they've applied Kapton Tape over the hole, which is regularly used as an insulator in extremely high vacuums due to its low outgassing rate. The leak is located in the Soyuz MS-09 Spacecraft and is thought to be caused by a micrometeoroid impact. A micrometeoroid is a tiny p

Parker Solar Probe launched on SUNday to get closer to the Sun than ever before

Early in the morning on Sunday, at 3:31am EDT, United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy rocket lifted off from SLC-37 for the first time in over a year. It was delayed from its first attempt on Saturday due to an alarm caused by a helium gas regulator issue, aborting the launch for the day. On top of the Delta IV Heavy is the Parker Solar Probe. Named after Eugene Parker, this probe will dive deeper into the sun than any other spacecraft ever has before and will become the fastest human-made object ever launched on its closest approach with our star. This mission is set to find out more about the charged particles (solar wind) that our Sun gives of and shoots into space. It will also bring a

The first re-flight of a Falcon 9 block 5 booster launches tomorrow night

On Tuesday, August 7th, at 01:18am EDT, SpaceX will be launching the Merah Putih (Telkom-4) satellite from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) on top of a reused Block 5 first stage. This Block 5 booster previously supported the Bangabandhu-1 mission and was also the first Block 5 rocket to launch. There will be a recovery attempt for this booster on SpaceX's droneship "Of Course I Still Love You" (OCISLY) which will be positioned out in the Atlantic Ocean. No fairing recovery will be attempted since they only have the ship to do that on the west coast, but they may pick up fairings that have splashed down into the water, but will not be usable again. You can watch the launch live on SpaceX's W

©2016 by Spaceflight News.