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Atlas V rolls out ahead of Tuesday night's launch

Today at 11:10am EDT, United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket made the 1,800ft journey from the vertical integration facility to Space Launch Complex 41 by rail ahead of tomorrow night's launch. The Atlas V will be launching the AEHF-4 mission for the US military and it's a protected communications relay station for them and allies. The Atlas V will launch from SLC-41 in Cape Canaveral, FL at 12:15am EDT on Wednesday October 17th (Tomorrow Night). It is in its 511 configuration where it will utilize all 5 Solid Rocket Boosters to help loft the relay satellite into a Geostationary orbit. #UnitedLaunchAlliance #AtlasV

An emergency landing for US-Russian crew after Soyuz launch failure

Last night at 4:47am EDT, Russia's Soyuz rocket liftoff off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying 3 crew to the International Space Station. Shortly after liftoff, there was an anomaly during the separation event of the 4 side boosters, causing the crew to go on a ballistic reentry abort and land back on Earth. There hasn't been official confirmation as to what went wrong, but Russia has started a full investigation to pinpoint the issue. The crew experienced about 6.7Gs of force during their reentry into the atmosphere, but they landed safely and are in good condition. As of right now, there's no way to send humans from Earth into space. #NASA

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope enters safe mode after a gyroscope failure

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope entered into "Safe Mode" on Friday after having an on-board gyroscope fail. These gyroscopes are used to help keep the telescope pointed in a specific direction for Long periods of time. Without the functions gyros, the telescope cannot orientate itself to a desired point in space. The Hubble Space Telescope Twitter tweeted today, "Mission experts are taking steps to return Hubble to great science.". They have a backup gyro onboard, but it Is being "problematic" and not working, which was confirmed on Twitter by Dr. Rachel Osten, who also confirmed the rumors that started surfacing over the weekend about Hubble. If they are unable to get the third gyroscope up a

SpaceX is gearing up for a launch and landing on the West Coast this weekend

Just after 5pm EDT on Tuesday, SpaceX tweeted out that they had a successful static fire of their Falcon 9 rocket for the launch of SAOCOM 1A spacecraft this weekend. Currently SpaceX is targeting a launch time of 7:21pm PDT (10:21pm EDT) Sunday night from Space Launch Complex 4 West (SLC-4W) at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB). After liftoff and first stage separation, the flight-proven first stage will flip around and fly back toward the VAFB and attempt the first "Return to Launch Site" landing on the West Coast. The new landing pad, similar in looks, is located just next to (about a quarter mile) the launch pad, unlike the landing zones on the cape, which are located several

Parker Solar Probe completes its first flyby of Venus since launch in August

Today, the Parker Solar Probe completed the first flyby of Venus to bring down its orbit to get closer to the sun. The flyby was at a distance of about 1,500 miles and was the first of 7 total flybys the spacecraft will encounter. The teams will be taking data from this flyby and will be assessed over the next few days. Parker Solar Probe is now enroute to its first close encounter with the sun. #ParkerSolarProbe

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