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Science May 31SpaceX’s astronaut-riding Dragon arrives at space station
The docking occurred just 19 hours after a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off Saturday afternoon from Kennedy Space Center, the nation’s first astronaut launch to orbit from home soil in nearly a decade.
Science May 30SpaceX rocket ship blasts off into orbit with 2 Americans
A rocket ship built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company thundered away from Earth with two Americans on Saturday, ushering in a new era of commercial space travel and putting NASA back in the business of launching astronauts from U.S. soil…
Science May 27Bad weather postpones SpaceX launch of NASA astronauts from Florida
The launch of a SpaceX rocket ship with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight into orbit was called off with 16 minutes to go in the countdown Wednesday because of thunderclouds and the danger of lightning.
Science May 25How SpaceX’s Dragon is a sleek, new take on a retro-style capsule
The Dragon’s clean lines and minimalist interior, with touchscreens instead of a mess of switches and knobs, make even the space shuttles seem yesteryear.
Science May 21WATCH: NASA holds presser on upcoming SpaceX flight test
For the first time in nearly a decade, U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil. And for the first time in the history of human spaceflight, a private company is running the…
Science May 20WATCH: NASA holds news conference on SpaceX launch
It will be the first time a private company, rather than a national government, sends astronauts into orbit.
Science May 17U.S. military’s mystery space plane rockets back toward orbit
It’s the sixth flight of an X-37B, a solar-powered plane that's flown by remote control without a crew. Officials aren't saying how long the spacecraft will remain in orbit this time or the purpose of the mission.
Nation May 01NASA urges spectators for astronaut launch to please stay home
It will be the first launch of astronauts from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in nine years, and the first anywhere by a private company. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine says it saddens him to keep people away, but the priority is…
Science Apr 30NASA goes private for 1st astronaut lunar landers in decades
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Thursday the three companies that will develop and build lunar landers, with the goal of returning astronauts to the moon by 2024, and ultimately on to Mars.
Science Apr 10After months in space, astronauts returning to a changed world
Two NASA astronauts said they expect it will be tough returning to such a drastically changed world next week, after more than half a year at the International Space Station.