Kennedy Community Remembers Astronaut John Glenn

Former astronauts, employees and local news media gathered Friday afternoon at the Heroes and Legends exhibit hall at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to honor the life and legacy of astronaut John Glenn who passed away Thursday at age 95 in his home state of Ohio. A fighter pilot in Read full post

Posted Dec 9, 2016 at 5:29 pm on Kennedy Space Center

The Winged Pegasus: An Unusual Launch Experience

Orbital ATK's Pegasus rocket gets its payloads into space just like a conventional rocket, but instead of lifting off from the ground, the Pegasus starts its trip already in the air. That's because a modified L-1011 airliner carries the Pegasus and its payload - CYGNSS in this case - to Read full post

Posted Dec 9, 2016 at 10:29 am on CYGNSS Hurricane Mission

Forecast Worsens to 40 Percent 'Go'

A revised forecast from the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron predicts deteriorating conditions and a 40 percent chance of favorable weather for the launch of NASA’s CYGNSS spacecraft. Launch is scheduled for 8:24 a.m. EST Monday, Dec. 12 aboard an Orbital Sciences ATK air-launched Pegasus XL launch vhicle, seen on Read full post

Posted Dec 9, 2016 at 9:24 am on CYGNSS Hurricane Mission

Japanese Cargo Craft Flying to Station, Arrives Tuesday

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)'s H-IIB rocket launched at 8:26 a.m. EST (10:26 p.m. Japan time) on Friday, Dec. 9 from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. At the time of launch, the space station was flying about 250 miles over the Philippine Sea south of Japan. A little Read full post

Posted Dec 9, 2016 at 8:47 am on Space Station

Japanese Rocket Fueled and Ready for Launch

A Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) H-IIB rocket at the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan is fueled and ready for a launch of the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-6) at 8:26 a.m. EST. NASA Television is providing live coverage of the launch, which can be seen at http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv. Loaded with more Read full post

Posted Dec 9, 2016 at 7:01 am on Space Station

NASA TV to Broadcast Live Launch of Japanese Rocket to Station

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is scheduled to launch its H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV)-6 at 8:26 a.m. EST (10:26 p.m. Japan time) Friday, Dec. 9, from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. The launch vehicle will send the Kounotori HTV-6 into orbit on a four-day rendezvous for an Read full post

Posted Dec 8, 2016 at 5:58 pm on Space Station

John H. Glenn Jr. -- The Quintessential American Hero

John H. Glenn Jr. was the quintessential American hero. He died Dec. 8, 2016, at the age of 95. As a member of the Original Seven Mercury astronauts, he was a frequent visitor to Florida's Space Coast, becoming the first American to orbit the Earth. After serving more than 24 years Read full post

Posted Dec 8, 2016 at 4:53 pm on Kennedy Space Center

ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/08/2016

Everywear:  Today a crewmember configured the Smartshirt for exercise and then donned it for an exercise session with the Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation and Stabilization (CEVIS) while data was recorded by the iPad Everywear application.  Everywear is an ambulatory data collection system that makes use of wearable sensors connected Read full post

Posted Dec 8, 2016 at 4:00 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report

Japan Ready for Launch as Crew Focuses on Space Research

Japan is getting ready to roll out its H-IIB rocket today at the Tanegashima Space Center for a launch Friday at 8:26 a.m. EST to the International Space Station. Riding atop the H-IIB rocket is the Kounotori HTV-6 cargo craft that will take a four-day flight to the station before Read full post

Posted Dec 8, 2016 at 12:55 pm on Space Station

Forecast 70 Percent 'Go' For CYGNSS Launch on Monday

The first weather forecast for NASA's CYGNSS mission shows meteorologists from the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron predict a 70 percent chance of favorable weather for the launch window. Launch is scheduled for 8:24 a.m. EST on Monday, Dec. 12. During the one-hour window, which opens at 8:19 a.m., CYGNSS Read full post

Posted Dec 8, 2016 at 9:56 am on CYGNSS Hurricane Mission