Latest Space launches News

New Russian module launched to International Space Station

Nov. 24, 2021 09:15 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian rocket blasted off successfully on Wednesday to deliver a new docking module to the International Space Station. The Soyuz rocket lifted off as scheduled at 6:06 p.m. (1306 GMT) from the Russian launch facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, carrying...

NASA launches spacecraft to test asteroid defense concept

Nov. 24, 2021 08:45 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA launched a spacecraft Tuesday night on a mission to smash into an asteroid and test whether it would be possible to knock a speeding space rock off course if one were to threaten Earth. The DART spacecraft, short for Double Asteroid Redirection...

Launch of new NASA space telescope delayed after incident

Nov. 23, 2021 04:50 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says the launch of a new NASA telescope to replace the famed Hubble observatory is being postponed to allow experts to check the device for possible damage following an incident at its spaceport in French Guiana. The ESA said in a...

SpaceX's Musk: 1st Starship test flight to orbit in January

Nov. 17, 2021 21:34 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX founder Elon Musk said Wednesday that his company will attempt to launch its futuristic, bullet-shaped Starship to orbit in January, but he’s not betting on success for that first test flight. “There's a lot of risk associated with...

SpaceX launches 53 Starlink satellites into orbit

Nov. 13, 2021 11:40 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX expanded its constellation of low Earth orbit satellites on Saturday with the launch of 53 Starlink satellites from Florida. A Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 7:19 a.m. EST and deployed the...

The cosmos beckons for Snoopy onscreen and in real life

Nov. 12, 2021 09:12 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A new rocket designed to launch humans to the moon, Mars and beyond will launch next year from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On board, will be a familiar fuzzy figure — Snoopy. A 5-ounce plush toy version of the daydreaming beagle — wearing a...

SpaceX crew launch marks 600 space travelers in 60 years

Nov. 11, 2021 13:40 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket carried four astronauts into orbit Wednesday night, including the 600th person to reach space in 60 years. The repeatedly delayed flight occurred just two days after SpaceX brought four other astronauts home from the...

SpaceX launches four astronauts to the International Space Station, two days after bringing another crew home

Nov. 10, 2021 21:12 PM EST
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launches four astronauts to the International Space Station, two days after bringing another crew home.

No toilet for returning SpaceX crew, stuck using diapers

Nov. 05, 2021 21:46 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The astronauts who will depart the International Space Station on Sunday will be stuck using diapers on the way home because of their capsule's broken toilet. NASA astronaut Megan McArthur described the situation Friday as “suboptimal" but...

Virgin Orbit in MOU with ANA Holdings for Japan launches

Nov. 04, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Orbit said Thursday that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with ANA Holdings Inc. for 20 flights of its LauncherOne rocket originating from an airport in Japan’s Oita prefecture. ANA Holdings, owner of Japan’s largest...