Beresheet: Israel’s SpaceIL shoots for the Moon

Israel's SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)’s first lunar spacecraft, Beresheet (the Hebrew word for in the beginning), will begin a historic journey to the moon this month, when it launches from SpaceX Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The 180-kilogram spacecraft's launch is targeted for February 22, 2019.

“After eight years of hard work, our dream has come true: We finally have a spacecraft,” said SpaceIL CEO Ido Anteby.

InSight comes to Mars after “seven minutes of terror”

When your entire landing sequence is shorter than the time the radio signal travels from Mars to the Earth, InSight's handlers suffered through "seven minutes of terror" until they could celebrate the success of landing on Mars.

A single ping was all it took to send mission control into a engineering party celebration that welcomed the newest explorer to the surface of Mars.

Parker Solar Probe Reports Good Status After Close Solar Approach

Parker Solar Probe is alive and well after skimming by the Sun at just 15 million miles from our star's surface. This is far closer than any spacecraft has ever gone — the previous record was set by Helios B in 1976 and broken by Parker on Oct. 29, 2018 — and this maneuver has exposed the spacecraft to intense heat and solar radiation in a complex solar wind environment.

At its closest approach on Nov. 5, called perihelion, Parker Solar Probe reached a top speed of 213,200 miles per hour, setting a new record for spacecraft speed.

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be the first-ever mission to “touch” the Sun

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, about the size of a small car, will travel directly into our Sun's atmosphere about 4 million miles from the star's surface, closer than any manmade object has ever come to our home star. The historic mission that will revolutionize our understanding of the Sun is scheduled to launch on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018.

At closest approach, the Parker Solar Probe will travel around the Sun at approximately 430,000 mph (700,000 kph). That's fast enough to get from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., in one second.


Two Cape Canaveral Launch Towers Demolished

Explosives were used to bring down two aging launch towers of Complex 17 at Cape Canaveral to prepare for spaceflight startup Moon Express' new launch complex.

The site helped launch some incredibly important missions for NASA, including a trio of Mars rovers, countless satellites, and several orbiters that visited planets in our solar system.

In The Shadow of the Eclipse: A personal story

August 21, 2017

It was a beautiful, magical day in Murphy, North Carolina as the skies were perfectly clear for the entire day. The air cooled, the strangest gray took over your eyesight, and the crickets chirped crazily. As the Total Solar Eclipse took over the sky, Jupiter and Venus glowed to the west of the corona. The four minutes go by incredibly fast but the memory is truly burned into your memory.