Spaceflight

  • Sea Launch Rocket Explodes During Launch

    Sea Launch Rocket Explodes During Launch

    January 30, 2007 | Article

    WASHINGTON –The first launch of 2007 by Sea Launch Company LLC ended in failure when the Zenit 3SL launch vehicle carrying the SES New Skies NSS-8 telecommunications satellite was destroyed as it was lifting off from the company’s mobile launch platform i
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  • Virgin Galactic Strikes Deal with Swedish Government

    January 28, 2007 | Article

    PARIS—The Swedish government on Jan. 26 announced an agreement with suborbital space-tourism company Virgin Galactic that Swedish officials believe will lead to midsummer and mid-winter flights of Virgin's SpaceshipTwo vehicle to observe the Aurora Boreal
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  • Forty Years Later, Pad Tech Recalls Apollo 1 Fire

    Forty Years Later, Pad Tech Recalls Apollo 1 Fire

    January 27, 2007 | Article

    Forty years ago today, Stephen B. Clemmons was assigned to Launch Complex 34 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The events that would unfold on Jan. 27, 1967, would forever change the course of the United States' space program and Clemmons' life.
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  • NASA Studies Early Moon Shot for New Space Capsule

    January 26, 2007 | Article

    NASA is studying a variant of its planned Ares 5 heavy-lift rocket that would enable an Apollo 8-like trip around the Moon in the 2015 time frame, a top U.S. space agency official told reporters Jan. 25.
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  • NASA Commemorates Three Space Tragedies

    NASA Commemorates Three Space Tragedies

    January 26, 2007 | Article

    Forty years ago Saturday, three NASA astronauts died while testing an experimental spacecraft that would one day ferry explorers to the surface of the Moon.
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  • Russian Cargo Ship En Route to Space Station

    Russian Cargo Ship En Route to Space Station

    January 17, 2007 | Article

    An unmanned cargo ship carrying fresh supplies and the likeness of a Russian space legend rocketed spaceward late Wednesday to restock the International Space Station.
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  • Amazon Founder's Rocket Plans Take Flight as New Details, Images Emerge

    Amazon Founder's Rocket Plans Take Flight as New Details, Images Emerge

    January 04, 2007 | Article

    The secretive doings of the Blue Origin rocket team have become less guarded thanks to a first-hand account from the group?s deep-pocketed backer: Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com fame and fortune.
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  • Remembering President Ford's Space Legacy

    December 27, 2006 | Article

    Gerald R. Ford, Jr., 38th President of the United States, died on Tuesday at age 93. Ford's two years as President fell between the end of the Apollo Program and beginning of the space shuttle era.
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  • Astronaut Cuts Her Hair in Space for Charity

    Astronaut Cuts Her Hair in Space for Charity

    December 19, 2006 | Article

    Williams, who arrived at the outpost last week with long flowing — and floating — hair, arranged to have her locks cut last Sunday and the clippings stowed on Discovery for a future hairpiece to be donated to a patient suffering from long-term medical
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  • No Damage Spotted in Unscheduled Shuttle Inspection

    No Damage Spotted in Unscheduled Shuttle Inspection

    December 11, 2006 | Article

    After successfully docking with the International Space Station (ISS), the Discovery astronauts interrupted their scheduled tasks to perform a brief inspection of heat shield panels on the shuttle's left wing leading edge.
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