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NASA is sorry for getting your hopes up

January 20th, 2021

NASA’s test-firing of its SLS rocket’s core stage this past weekend was bizarre for a number of reasons, not least of which was that it lasted just one minute. Now, NASA is reportedly a bit remorseful for hyping up the test and says that it should have been more forthcoming with the public beforehand. During …

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NASA’s SLS rocket test wasn’t a great look

January 18th, 2021

NASA’s long-awaited Space Launch System (SLS) was tested in Mississippi this past weekend. The core stage of the rocket, which is the part that will provide the oomph to send missions into space, was fired up for a planned 8-minute test. Unfortunately, the stage shut down after just one minute, and NASA says there was …

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China’s most recent space launch almost ended in tragedy

September 9th, 2020

China’s most recent space launch almost ended very, very badly, as a rocket booster tumbled back down to Earth near a school. A huge plume of toxic gas was produced by the booster, but no reports of injuries or damage have been made public. China’s space ambitions are ramping up as the country plays catch-up …

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China hits major milestone with launch of Long March 5 rocket

December 27th, 2019

China’s oft-delayed Long March 5 rocket program hit a major milestone on Friday when it sent a communications satellite into Earth orbit. The rocket is expected to play a major role in China’s space exploration ambitions going forward, though it’s had a rocky road throughout its development. After multiple false starts and issues shortly after …

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SpaceX’s satellite launch on Monday almost went perfectly… almost

December 17th, 2019

SpaceX has had an incredibly busy year. The company has been sticking to a schedule of satellite launches for a variety of clients, while also continuing to develop its Starship rocket-of-the-future, and running resupply missions to the International Space Station for NASA. With all that in mind, SpaceX’s latest launch, which took place on Monday …

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NASA broke the SLS fuel tank, but swears it did it on purpose

December 9th, 2019

NASA Space Launch System, the rocket system that will eventually provide the means for the space agency to send spacecraft and astronauts to the Moon, is a very big deal. The project has been in the works for a long time, and now that it’s finally starting to come together, NASA wants to make sure …

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NASA quietly pushes back its SLS launch estimates to 2021

July 18th, 2019

NASA really, really wants to send astronauts to the Moon and eventually other planets, but it currently doesn’t have a rocket capable of such feats. The Space Launch System (SLS) is NASA’s solution, but the development of the rocket has taken far longer — and cost far more — than the agency ever planned. NASA’s …

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India’s Moon lander mission hits ‘snag’ moments before launch

July 15th, 2019

The United States and Russia may have paved the way to the Moon, but as technology advances, we’re seeing many more countries launching their own lunar exploration missions. India is one of those countries, and its Chandrayaan-2 mission will attempt to land a spacecraft on Earth’s tiny neighbor, but not yet. The launch was scheduled …