The Mengtian module launched to Earth orbit atop a Long March 5B heavy-lift rocket from Wenchang, south China, on Monday (Oct. 31).
Rocket launches used to be the realm of national governments, but with the rise of private spaceflight companies more rockets are launching into space than ever before. While most rockets launch satellites into orbit, some like Russia's Soyuz, carry astronauts on missions into space. SpaceX's Dragon and Boeing's CST-100 Starliner will fly Americans into orbit, while Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin will launch space tourists on short suborbital trips. SpaceX and Blue Origin even land their rockets after launch for later reuse. See news, photos and videos of the latest rocket launches from around the world here.
After more than three years, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy — the world's most powerful operational rocket — is about to launch again.
JPSS-2 and the LOFTID technology demonstration will now launch no earlier than Nov. 10, in part because a battery on the upper stage of their Atlas V rocket ride needs to be replaced.
The powerful JPSS-2 satellite is go for liftoff early Tuesday morning (Nov. 1) — provided the weather cooperates.
Technology that could help humanity land heavy hardware on Mars will get an in-space test early next week.
The JPSS-2 satellite will seek to better understand the "butterfly effect" of how atmospheric conditions in one part of the world can cause a hurricane in another part.
The Long March 5B rocket expected to launch China's Mengtian module on Oct. 31 will likely fall back to Earth uncontrolled a week or so later.
In the 40 months since a Falcon Heavy last took flight, SpaceX has launched more than 100 missions with its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket. So why has the Heavy stayed grounded?
SpaceX lit the engines of its powerful Falcon Heavy rocket on Thursday (Oct. 27), paving the way for a liftoff early next week.
SpaceX launched yet another big batch of its Starlink broadband satellites and landed a rocket on a ship at sea Thursday night (Oct. 27).
A Long March 5B heavy-lift rocket rolled out to the pad at Wenchang spaceport on Hainan island early Tuesday (Oct. 25) ahead of a launch expected on or around Oct. 31.
A Soyuz rocket launched the uncrewed Progress 82 freighter toward the International Space Station from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan tonight (Oct. 25).
Russia launched three Gonets-M communications spacecraft and a satellite-internet demonstrator on Saturday (Oct. 22), the nation's fifth mission since Oct. 9.
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket in the world, is getting ready to take flight for the first time in more than three years.
An Indian GSLV Mark III rocket launched 36 of OneWeb's broadband satellites today (Oct. 22), in the company's first launch since the Russian invasion of Ukraine shook up the spaceflight landscape.
An Indian rocket will launch 36 of OneWeb's internet satellites to orbit on Saturday (Oct. 22), and you can watch the action live.
Russia launched two more military satellites to orbit on Friday (Oct. 21), continuing a busy spaceflight stretch for the nation.
Europe's new Ariane 6 heavy-lift rocket won't launch before late 2023, but Europe is already planning out a future reusable second stage and homegrown astronaut taxis.
SpaceX continues to expand its Starlink constellation with a launch of 54 satellites on Thursday (Oct. 20).
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket has arrived at a launch complex in Virginia ahead of the company's first liftoff from U.S. soil later this year.