China boosts space program with new heavy rocket's launch

Nov 4, 2016

China boosts space program with new heavy rocket's launch

China has launched its new Long March-5 heavy rocket, state media said, sending its payload into orbit in the country’s latest step in advancing its space exploration program. The launch comes after China began its longest manned space mission last month, sending two astronauts ...

Feb 29, 2016

Low thrust alarm forces last-second SpaceX launch halt

In the very last second before liftoff Sunday, SpaceX scrubbed the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket to send a communications satellite into orbit, marking the third delay since last week. A fuel problem forced the sudden delay, following a postponement — known as ...

North Korea reportedly ready to resume rocket launches

Dec 10, 2015

North Korea reportedly ready to resume rocket launches

North Korea can resume space rocket launches from the first quarter of next year, with satellite images showing a three-year upgrade at its main launch site close to completion, U.S. researchers said Thursday. North Korea insists its space launch program is for scientific use ...

Sep 28, 2015

India successfully launches first space observatory

India says it has successfully launched its first space observatory and six satellites into orbit. The Indian Space and Research Organization says the observatory, named Astrosat, was launched Monday from Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Astrosat will attempt a deeper study ...

SpaceX rocket breaks apart after launch; ISS-bound cargo lost

Jun 29, 2015

SpaceX rocket breaks apart after launch; ISS-bound cargo lost

An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies and a first-of-its-kind docking port to the International Space Station broke apart Sunday shortly after liftoff. It was a severe blow to NASA, still reeling from previous failed shipments. The accident happened about 2½ minutes into the flight ...