SpaceX fails again to nail rocket landing on ocean barge

Apr 15, 2015

SpaceX fails again to nail rocket landing on ocean barge

SpaceX launched a shipment of groceries to the International Space Station on Tuesday, including the first espresso maker bound for orbit. But the company’s third attempt to land the leftover booster on an ocean platform failed. SpaceX chief Elon Musk wrote via Twitter that ...

Weather forecloses on SpaceX rocket launch, landing test

Apr 14, 2015

Weather forecloses on SpaceX rocket launch, landing test

The launch of an unmanned SpaceX rocket — and an innovative attempt to land it on an ocean barge — were postponed on Monday due to poor weather at the Florida launch site, officials said. The rocket, carrying a Dragon cargo ship bound for ...

'ISSpresso' space station-bound to offer caffeine high

Apr 13, 2015

'ISSpresso' space station-bound to offer caffeine high

The next space station grocery run will carry caffeine to a whole new level: Aboard the SpaceX supply ship is an authentic espresso machine straight from Italy. SpaceX is scheduled to launch its unmanned rocket with the espresso maker — and 4,000 pounds (1,800 ...

Jan 6, 2015

SpaceX shoots for launch to station, rocket landing on barge

SpaceX is making another supply run to the International Space Station for NASA. But it’s the rocket’s return — not its takeoff — that has space fans talking. Minutes after Tuesday morning’s planned launch from Cape Canaveral, the first stage of the unmanned Falcon ...

Italy's first female astronaut heads to ISS aboard Russian craft

Nov 24, 2014

Italy's first female astronaut heads to ISS aboard Russian craft

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy’s first female astronaut safely blasted off Sunday to begin its journey to the International Space Station. Samantha Cristoforetti was joined by Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and American astronaut Terry Virts as the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft launched from Russia’s ...

U.S. rocket explosion probed; space station resupplied

Oct 30, 2014

U.S. rocket explosion probed; space station resupplied

Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what made an unmanned U.S. supply rocket explode in a fireball moments after lifting off from a launchpad in Virginia, destroying supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station. The 14-story Antares rocket, built and launched by Orbital ...

Orbital launches cargo ship to space station

Jul 14, 2014

Orbital launches cargo ship to space station

Orbital Sciences Corp. on Sunday launched its unmanned Cygnus cargo carrier on a journey to resupply the astronauts living aboard the International Space Station. The spacecraft lifted off from Wallops Island, Virginia, at 12:52 p.m. aboard a gleaming white Antares rocket. A NASA commentator ...

Wakata back on Earth after stint as ISS commander

May 14, 2014

Wakata back on Earth after stint as ISS commander

Koichi Wakata, the first Japanese commander of the International Space Station, returned to Earth on Wednesday after completing a six-month mission. Wakata, 50, landed in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft after handing his duties as ISS commander, which he assumed in March, to ...

Rocket blasts off for ISS carrying Olympic torch

Nov 7, 2013

Rocket blasts off for ISS carrying Olympic torch

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States bound for the International Space Station successfully lifted off on a rocket Thursday from a launch site in Kazakhstan. The 50-meter-high, three-stage rocket with the spacecraft carrying Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, 50, ...