PHOTOS: SLS Rolls to the Launch Pad for Dress Rehearsal

NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), made its way to Launch Pad 39B last Thursday evening for final testing before launching the Artemis I mission to the Moon. The journey began at the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), where the SLS rocket was assembled and “stacked” atop the Mobile Launch Platform (MLP). The Crawler... Read more »

NASA Ready to Rollout its Artemis Moon Rocket

NASA Ready to Rollout its Artemis Moon Rocket
NASA’s mission managers announced the agency is ready to rollout its Artemis moon rocket to the launch pad this week. The rocket, officially named, Space Launch System (SLS) will undergo testing and a wet dress rehearsal before to launch later this year. Following completion of a test readiness review, Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, the Artemis launch director... Read more »

Photos: GOES-T Launches from Cape Canaveral

Photos: GOES-T Launches from Cape Canaveral
A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the GOES-T weather satellite for NASA and NOAA launches to orbit from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday, March 1st, 2022.
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GOES-T Launches to Orbit for NOAA and NASA

GOES-T Launches to Orbit for NOAA and NASA
An Atlas V rocket launched the GOES-T weather satellite to space from Cape Canaveral at 3:38 pm CST today March 1st, 2022. The satellite is currently traveling through space on its way to orbit, which is about a three and a half hour mission after launch. Following the successful launch by ULA and NASA’s Launch... Read more »

NOAA’s Next Weather Satellite is Ready for Liftoff: How to Watch the GOES-T Launch

NOAA’s Next Weather Satellite is Ready for Liftoff: How to Watch the GOES-T Launch
NOAA is ready to launch the next weather satellite in its Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites- R Series, called GOES-T to orbit. The GOES-T satellite is launching on a ULA Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on March 1st, 2022 at 3:38 p.m. CST. NASA will provide live launch coverage beginning... Read more »

The Problem with GOES West

The Problem with GOES West
The GOES-West weather satellite has had problems ever since it reached orbit and went into operation in 2018. Meant to capture images and data that is critical to meteorologists and researchers, the malfunctions and flawed data have been of huge concern to the engineers and operators responsible for the satellite. Fortunately, the problem was identified,... Read more »
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Northrop Grumman Successfully Sends Cygnus Spacecraft to the International Space Station

Northrop Grumman Successfully Sends Cygnus Spacecraft to the International Space Station
On Saturday, Northrop Grumman launched the Cygnus Spacecraft SS Piers Sellers to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA. The resupply mission sent over eight thousand pounds of science investigations, food and supplies, and other cargo to astronauts living and working on Station.  Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket lifts off from the pad and launches Cygnus... Read more »

Latest Chicago Snowfall Seen from GOES East Satellite

Latest Chicago Snowfall Seen from GOES East Satellite
Clear skies allowed the latest Chicago snowfall to be seen from the GOES East satellite as a result of Thursday’s snowstorm. The snowfall can be seen in images as an elongated area stretching from northern Oklahoma into Illinois. Photo: Iowa Environmental Mesonet The Chicago National Weather Service (NWS) office reports that Thursday’s storm officially dumped... Read more »

Tonga Volcano Eruption Seen From Space, NASA Scientists Weigh in on the Power of the Volcanic Blast

Tonga Volcano Eruption Seen From Space, NASA Scientists Weigh in on the Power of the Volcanic Blast
By now, you have seen the images and video of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano explosion in the Pacific Ocean. Geostationary weather satellites in space captured some of the first images of the eruption. The Himawari-8 satellite operated by the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) captured this view directly overhead of the eruption. Satellite based data showed the... Read more »
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GOES Satellite Shows New Year's Day Snow From Space

The New Year’s Day 2022 snowfall was the first widespread snowfall event for the area this winter season. Snow totals topped out at just over 6 inches in some areas. But snow in January is nothing new to the area. What is interesting about this event, and others over the years is that the snow... Read more »