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The SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour is pictured docked to the space-facing international docking adapter on the International Space Station's Harmony module.


A drag sail that a team at Purdue University developed to pull launch vehicles in space back to Earth is scheduled to undergo a test launch on Thursday (Sept. 2).


While the International Space Station was traveling about 260 miles over the Western Australia, a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft autonomously docked to the forward-facing port of the orbiting laboratory's Harmony module at 10:30 a.m. EDT, Monday, Aug. 30. Flight Engineers Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA monitored operations.


On Earth, plants and ocean microbes use sunlight to turn carbon dioxide, or CO2, into sugars for energy. Humans don't have that ability, at least not yet.


The latest SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft is bound for the International Space Station after launching at 3:14 a.m. EDT Sunday on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the company's uncrewed Dragon spacecraft atop, is raised to a vertical position at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A on Aug. 25, 2021.


It's all systems go for SPACE HAUC, a miniature satellite designed and built by UMass Lowell students for NASA, which plans to send it to the International Space Station on Saturday for launch into the Earth's orbit this fall.


Pathfinder operations using a flight-configuration Vulcan Centaur core stage at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station are transitioning to Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 for a series of fueling tests in the coming weeks


Technicians perform a blacklight inspection of the secondary payload adapter for NASA's Landsat 9 mission at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, on Aug. 4, 2021, before it is transported to the Integrated Processing Facility.


CubeSats that are part of the the QB50 constellation of CubeSats provided by countries from around the world are deployed from the NanoRacks CubeSat deployer.


Plans to build Sutherland Spaceport Received a green light when a ruling against lawsuit filed to stop the spaceport was announced.


Ground stations installed as part of a Starlink test pilot program are beginning to demonstrate their potential to bring remote areas of ouf world into full Internet contact with the rest of humanity.


As NASA prepares to go to the Moon with the Artemis program, in-situ resource utilization is paramount, and there is no hotter commodity than water.


Europe's Vega has delivered Pléiades Neo-4 and four auxiliary payloads, SunStorm, RadCube and LEDSAT developed through ESA, and BRO-4, to their planned orbits.


NASA conducted its sixth RS-25 single-engine hot fire Aug. 5 on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center.


Team CuSP cheers on the solar CubeSat prior to loading it in the Space Launch System rocket Orion stage adapter at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 14, 2021.


NASA and Boeing have decided to postpone the launch of Orbital Flight Test-2 to the International Space Station as teams continue work on the CST-100 Starliner propulsion system.


The Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft's hatch was opened this afternoon after successful rendezvous and berthing operations.


A Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station with more than 8,200 pounds of science investigations and cargo after launching at 6:01 p.m. EDT Tuesday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.


A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus resupply spacecraft is seen at sunrise on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad-0A, Aug. 7, 2021, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.


NASA and Boeing are standing down from the Wednesday, Aug. 4, launch attempt of the agency's Orbital Flight Test-2 to the International Space Station as mission teams continue to examine the cause of the unexpected valve position indications on the CST-100 Starliner propulsion system.


Mechanical and electrical support equipment for NASA's Landsat 9 observatory are being processed inside the Integrated Processing Facility at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, on June 24, 2021.


NASA has expanded its contract with two space-based imagery companies, Planet and Spire Global, to broaden access to Earth imagery data and enable scientific research across the federal government.


On July 29, 2021, Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft and the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket rolled out of the Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad at Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.