Northrop Grumman launching supplies to the ISS this weekend

Photo: NASA // Bill Ingalls Northrop Grumman is planning to launch their Antares rocket on November 2nd on a mission to supply the International Space Station with supplies and science experiments. Antares will launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia at 9:59am ET. This will be the twelfth time Cygnus has been launched to resupply the space station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Cygnus is carrying a various amount of science experiments for the astronauts aboard the ISS to conduct during their stay. One of these experiments is the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to search for evidence of dark, strange, and anti-matter to help further unde

The Air Force's X-37B breaks record in space

The Air Force’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully landed back at the runway at Kennedy Space Center early this morning at 3:51am ET. The spaceplane stayed in orbit around the Earth for 780 days, breaking its own record of time spent in space. The total number of days the vehicle has spent in space is now 2,865 days - it was designed for 270 days in orbit. The X-37B was launched on board a Falcon 9 rocket by SpaceX on September 7th, 2017, starting its 5th mission of long duration experiments in orbit. This program performs experiments for scientists and engineers that need to be recovered safely after being in a long duration space environment. It also helps the studies and developments

NASA Begins Attachment of First RS-25 Engines to SLS Artemis I

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) has hit a milestone today as engineers began structurally matting the rockets four RS-25 engines. News from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans has been met with rejoice as the nation waits for the Space Shuttles predecessor to begin operations early next year. The RS-25 engines were developed by Los Angeles based rocket engine design company Rocketdyne and were previously flown on the Space Shuttle. Concerted efforts to design them began in the 1970's, which speaks to their effectiveness as NASA plans to use 4 for each launch of the SLS. In 2011 the Senate announced that it would fund the research and development for SLS with a budget of $18 billion

One Giant Leap for (Wo)mankind: First All Female Spacewalk FINALLY Happens!

Earlier this year, everyone was buzzing about the first all female spacewalk. Due to not having the correct size suit it was cancelled, causing major disappointment to those ready for the groundbreak...but that is all about to change. Today is the day. Today is when NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir step out (in two appropriately sized suits, may I add) and take part in the first all female spacewalk. Over the weekend a power controller had failed, so these awesome ladies are going to fix it (hashtag girl power). The 221st spacewalk since 1998 when the International Space Station first started assembly will be about five and a half hours long. Kathy Sullivan, the first American

ISS News: Week of October 14th

It has been more than 20 years since the International Space Station (ISS) was launched into the earth’s orbit. However, the ISS is up there with a purpose: hundreds of science experiments are conducted every year with the purpose of providing us with valuable insights about physics, space travel, and life on earth. This article will provide an overview of the scientific experiments carried out within the ISS in the Week of September 30, 2019. Of the hundreds of experiments being conducted, three are of particular interest for the health and wellbeing of future astronauts. Protein Crystal Growth Extensive research during the past two decades has shown that microgravity has a stimulating effe

ICON set to launch October 9th after almost a year delay

Photo: NASA Kennedy Northrup Grumman’s Pegasus XL launch vehicle is finally ready to launch NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) after being delayed for nearly a year. In November of 2018, some of the sensor readings on the rocket were not within normal limits during various ferry and launch attempts. After being flown back to Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California and having some modifications done, the launch is back on the schedule and is targeting a date of October 9th from the Landing Strip at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Pegasus XL rocket is an air-launched rocket which is carried into the upper atmosphere via airplane and then dropped to launch into space.

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