A Falcon 9 rocket transported a bountiful holiday spread from Cape Canaveral to workers aboard the International Space Station on Wednesday. The festive feast includes smoked turkey, candied yams, cranberry sauce, and even a fruitcake. “What a great day for a launch,” said Kennedy Space Center director Bob Cabana. This week marks the 20th anniversary of the first ISS construction launch by the U.S., led by Cabana himself.The International Space Station doubled its manpower two days ago, now hosting two Americans, two Russians, one German and one Canadian. Three will rotate out on December 20, while the other three begin their six month stint in orbit around our big blue planet. Aside from the meal, the rocket also transported 40 mice and 36,000 worms to be used for aging and muscular research. University of Exeter lead scientist Timothy Etheridge explained that despite the drastic difference in size and appearance, worms have a muscular structure very … [Read more...] about Full Christmas Dinner Launched to International Space Station
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The rocket garden at NASA's Florida spaceport will soon sprout a new launch vehicle — the newly-retired Delta II. United Launch Alliance (ULA) on Saturday (Sept. 15) announced the upcoming display in the hour after the 155th and final Delta II mission leapt off Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying NASA's ICESat-2 satellite into orbit. Fifty-five minutes after the liftoff, ULA president and CEO Tory Bruno shared the news. [In Photos: Last Delta II Rocket Soars With NASA's ICESat-2] "Just because we recently watched a Delta II lift off for the last time doesn't mean we have to say goodbye," said Bruno in a recorded video that was played as part of NASA's live launch broadcast and then was later posted online. "We have one more mighty Delta II rocket and I am delighted to announce that it will soon take its place in the line up at the Rocket Garden at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida." One of the first attractions … [Read more...] about Delta II to ‘Live Among Giants’ in Kennedy Space Center Rocket Garden
Main image: SNC's Dream Chaser is being called an SUV – 'space utility vehicle'. Credit: SNCWant to get your astronaut wings? For now, multi-millionaires only have one option: get to Moscow and convince the Russian Space Agency Rososmos to take you up to the International Space Station (ISS) in a Soyuz TMA-M capsule blasted skyward on a Soyuz rocket.However, there is an effort on the part of NASA and its commercial partners – SpaceX and Boeing – to get astronauts into orbit and to the ISS from US soil. There are also three companies – Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and SNC – that have designs on getting private astronauts or 'space tourists' to the fabled Kármán Line that separates Earth and space.That means five stunning new spacecraft are in the works, from tried-and-tested capsule designs to supersonic planes, and even a 'baby Space Shuttle'.New Shepard Manufacturer: Blue OriginPassengers: 6Purpose: Suborbital space tourismTake-off: … [Read more...] about The stunning new craft that will one day launch astronauts and space tourists
When Vice President Mike Pence went to Florida for the second formal meeting of the National Space Council on Feb. 21, 2018, he took a tour of NASA's Kennedy Space Center and commercial spaceflight facilities in Cape Canaveral, including Boeing, Blue Origin and the United Launch Alliance. Here: United Launch Alliance (ULA) president and CEO Tory Bruno (left) leads Pence on a tour of ULA's Horizontal Integration Facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. … [Read more...] about In Photos: VP Mike Pence Tours NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Blue Origin & More
If you're a space fan visiting Florida's Space Coast this week, then you have a chance to see something special: one of the reusable boosters that launched SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy rocket into space. The booster is one of two side-mounted Falcon 9 rockets that helped launch the Falcon Heavy on its debut flight on Feb. 6. It's on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex near NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photographer Michael Seeley of We Report Space took this photo of the booster at the space museum. It was at KSC's historic Launch Pad 39A that SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy rocket and its unique payload: a Tesla Roadster (owned by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk) and a spacesuit-clad mannequin dubbed Starman. The two side boosters separated from the Falcon Heavy's center core and returned to Earth, making dual landings on SpaceX pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. [Watch Starman's Entire Deep-Space Ride in 80 … [Read more...] about See a SpaceX Falcon Heavy Booster at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex This Week!