Category Archives: Launch / Landing

Launch Day

Later today NASA will launch the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will lift off on a mission to study an asteroid in unprecedented detail. The study will include taking a small sample of asteroid Bennu and returning it to Earth for firsthand analysis.

The launch has about an 80 percent chance go due to weather at the Kennedy Space Center at 19:05 EDT / 23:05 UTC.



Progress Cargo Ship Leaves Port

The Russian Progress 64 leaves the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, heading for the International Space Station on 16 July. The cargo ship contains carrying three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the station.

The arrival will be in 18 July which is incidentally the same date as a SpaceX rocket will be launching to the ISS. The Dragon cargo ship will transport crew supplies and station hardware including the first of two new international docking adapters. The adapters will allow for docking both the SpaceX CREW Dragon and Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and will bring back the American ability to transport astronauts to the ISS, an ability lacking since the end of the Space Shuttle era.

The SpaceX launch is scheduled for 04:45 UTC / 00:45 EDT on 18 March. The weather looks good, check back for a live look later.

UPDATE:  Check back here for a LIVE link to the launch posting at 04:00 UTC.


Welcome Home!

Good news! Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra of NASA, flight engineer Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos touched down southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan the three returning crew members spent 186 days in space.

Video from NASA

The crew completed the in-flight portion of NASA human research studies in ocular health, cognition, salivary markers and microbiome and part of the research looked like it was a little fun too:

Fun for Tim Kopra that is, I don’t think I could handle the “Tim Peake Twirl“.

Splashdown for Dragon


Very nice job on the round trip SpaceX!

From SpaceX:

Dragon successfully splashed down at 11:31 am PT in the Pacific Ocean, completing the Commercial Resupply Services 8 (CRS 8) mission which began with the liftoff of Falcon 9 and Dragon back on April 8th. Dragon delivered nearly 7,000 lbs of cargo and returned more than 3,700 lbs of cargo, including 1,300 lbs of science. Dragon is the only operational spacecraft capable of both delivering and returning significant amounts of cargo to and from the International Space Station.

SpaceX Launch Replay

This is the long version.

You may also remember SpaceX is landed the rocket on a ship in April. This time they attempted it again:

Elon Musk “Rocket reentry is a lot faster and hotter than last time, so odds of making it are maybe even, but we should learn a lot either way”.

The attempt was a success! A reusable rocket is reality.