Tag: NASA

Nichelle Nichols, Chicagoland Native and Star Trek Actress Who Transformed NASA, Has Died at 89

Nichelle Nichols, Chicagoland Native and Star Trek Actress Who Transformed NASA, Has Died at 89
Actress Nichelle Nichols, 89, passed away Sunday from natural causes, according to a statement from her son. Nichols was best known for her iconic role in the Star Trek series portraying Lt. Uhura, one of the first Black female leads on television. But, Nichols also played an integral part in helping NASA recruit more women... Read more »

NASA Announces Artemis 1 Launch Dates

NASA Announces Artemis 1 Launch Dates
After four wet dress rehearsals and continuing work on the Space Launch System, NASA announced the first set of Artemis 1 launch dates. NASA expects Artemis 1 to launch no earlier than August 29th, with September 2nd and 5th as potential launch dates within the same launch window. Artemis 1 is an unmanned mission that... Read more »

James Webb Space Telescope Releases First Images

James Webb Space Telescope Releases First Images
After a successful launch and six months of on-orbit testing and calibration, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is fully operational. A report published July 12, 2022, states that “JWST is fully capable of achieving the discoveries for which it was built.” During the six months of testing JWST made approximately 2,300 observations with its... Read more »
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PHOTOS: SpaceX & NASA Launch 25th Resupply Mission to the International Space Station

Space X and NASA launched a Dragon cargo spacecraft Thursday evening to the International Space Station at 7:44 pm CDT. Dragon carries more than 5,800 pounds of science experiments, crew supplies, and other cargo to the space station. Launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, this is the 25th commercial resupply mission for NASA and... Read more »

Photos: Boeing Starliner Successfully Launches to the International Space Station

Photos: Boeing Starliner Successfully Launches to the International Space Station
After a stuck thruster valve delayed the launch of the Boeing Starliner capsule in August 2021, the spacecraft successfully lifted off this past Thursday to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the OFT-2 mission. Following the successful launch Starliner then autonomously docked to the ISS Friday afternoon. Starliner is carrying about 500 pounds... Read more »

NASA's Fourth Crew Rotation Heads to Station: How to Watch the Crew-4 Launch

NASA's Fourth Crew Rotation Heads to Station: How to Watch the Crew-4 Launch
The fourth crew of NASA’s Commercial Crew program is ready to head to the Space Station. Launching on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, Crew 4 will begin their mission in space to conduct microgravity research, test student hardware, and carry out medical research. Crew 4 is scheduled for an early morning liftoff from Launch Complex 39A... Read more »
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Artemis 1 Wet Dress Rehearsal Underway: What to Know About the Final Test

Artemis 1 Wet Dress Rehearsal Underway: What to Know About the Final Test
Now that the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is on the launchpad, the final test before launch has begun, the Wet Dress Rehearsal (WDR). The WDR began after 4 pm CT or L-45 hours before the targeted test T-0. The WDR will allow the launch team to practice propellant loading operations, conduct a full launch... Read more »

NASA Rolls Out its Mega Moon Rocket for the First Time

NASA Rolls Out its Mega Moon Rocket for the First Time
Last week, NASA unveiled its new mega Moon rocket when it rolled out to the launch pad for testing and a wet dress rehearsal. When the Shuttle program ended, the focus within the agency became the Space Launch System and the Artemis program. Since 2011 the Vehicle Assembly Building, Mobile Launcher Tower, Crawler-Transporter-2, and launchpad... Read more »

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 »
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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.