National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


Tue May 22, 2012
The Two-Way

'Picture Perfect Launch' For Private Rocket Headed To Space Station

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 8:09 am

The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifted off from space launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., early Tuesday.
John Raoux AP


Sat May 19, 2012

Failure To Launch: SpaceX Delays Mission

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 9:19 am



This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. A tall white rocket is still standing on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The rocket belongs to a company called SpaceX, and it was supposed to blast-off this morning, send an unmanned capsule on a mission to the International Space Station - the first time a personal spacecraft will try to visit the station. But the launch attempt fizzled out this morning in the last seconds of the countdown.

Read more


Fri May 18, 2012
The Two-Way

In Historic Space Mission, Launch Is Only The First Test

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 11:43 am

SpaceX rocket Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral in Florida was scheduled to launch Saturday morning, but aborted just before liftoff.
Roberto Gonzalez Getty Images

Moments after ignition, a privately funded spacecraft aborted its liftoff, delaying its mission to the International Space Station.

SpaceX's unmanned rocket had a one-second window to take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Saturday morning, and the failed launch means the next opportunity won't be until early Tuesday morning.

The founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, had been tweeting from the company's California headquarters leading up to the scheduled launch time of 4:55 a.m. ET.

Read more


Fri May 18, 2012

NASA, SpaceX Aim To Launch Private Era In Orbit

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 2:49 pm

NASA and SpaceX partnered closely to make the mission to the International Space Station possible. Above, the SpaceX control room.

A private spaceship owned by a company called SpaceX is scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral in Florida early Saturday morning.

If all goes well, the unmanned capsule will rocket up on a mission to deliver food and other supplies to the International Space Station, becoming the first commercial spacecraft to visit the outpost.

The highly anticipated mission could mark the beginning of what some say could be a new era in spaceflight, with private companies operating taxi services that could start taking people to orbit in just a few years.

Read more


Thu May 10, 2012

Photo: Overfed Black Holes Shut Down Galactic Star-making

A new study involving CU-Boulder indicates that when the universe was less than half its current age, massive black holes in the centers of galaxies were ejecting enough energy to quench nearby star formation.
Photo illustration courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt

This photo illustration of a "massive black hole in the center of a galaxy ejecting massive jets of energy" is what caught our eye, but it comes with some amazing science involving the University of Colorado.

Read more