Category Archives: Mission Status

Two in a row!

SpaceX lofted another spacecraft to Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit, only weeks after its previous flight.

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More Eyes in Space = Better

Looks like WISE is being re-activated for three more years to search for more asteroids. This is very good news.

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Be sure to Wave at Saturn

Tomorrow at 5:30PM ET, Cassini will be taking a picture of Saturn with the sun in the background. Earth will also be in the picture.

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Unintentional Fireworks Display in Russia

Russia’s Proton rocket is having a bad streak. In the last two years, five rockets have failed, though four of the failures happened with the upper stage engine. These failures are obviously troublesome, but they happen out of sight of … Continue reading

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Dragon Returns Again

Successful splashdown off the coast of California today.

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Landing Delayed

SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule won’t return from the ISS until Tuesday, due to predicted bad weather at the landing site on Monday.

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Nail Biter, but Success!

SpaceX launched a dragon capsule yesterday, planning for a quick dock with the space station. Despite a near-perfect countdown and flight to orbit, unfortunately for the plan, there was a problem initializing the thrusters, so the quick docking was called … Continue reading

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Mission (more than) Accomplished

The fate of Landsat 5 has been uncertain for a few months. Several recent component failures changed the risk/reward balance for keeping it going. USGS just put out a press release saying they’re going to retire the old girl. She … Continue reading

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Images of Toutatis Coming in

Through multiple sources. Congrats to the Chinese for getting excellent shots!

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Curiosity’s Worst-kept Secret

So, what’s the big announcement going to be?

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