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NASA’s last launch attempt for mission KiNET-X


After seven unsuccessful launches, the rocket finally got the clear to launch. From the Wallops Flight Facility, the Black Brant XII carrying the KiNET-X mission successfully launched from the Wallops Flight Facility on Sunday, May 16, at 8:36 p.m. Eastern Time (ET)

NASA Wallops Rocket launch is a no go


The week-long wait on NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility’s launch had come to a conclusion when NASA Wallops official Twitter confirmed this Saturday the Black Brant XII sounding rocket carrying the KiNET-X payload was “a go” for Saturday afternoon, May 15. The launch was cancelled due to abnormal weather.

NASA names new Chief of Staff


NASA Administrator Sen. Bill Nelson announced Wednesday that Susie Perez Quinn will serve as the agency’s chief of staff. Quinn joins NASA with extensive experience in government and government relations.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 Astronauts headed to International Space Station

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts are in orbit following their early morning launch bound for the International Space Station for the second commercial crew rotation mission aboard the microgravity laboratory. The international crew of astronauts lifted off at 5:49 a.m. EDT Friday from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter succeeds in historic first flight

Monday, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet. The Ingenuity team at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California confirmed the flight succeeded after receiving data from the helicopter via NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover at 6:46 a.m. EDT (3:46 a.m. PDT).

Pentagon says leaked UFO videos are authentic


The US Department of Defense (DOD) recently confirmed that a 2019 video that captured apparent unidentified flying objects (UFOs) is an authentic video. According to the DOD, the UFOs are not necessarily alien in nature but are considered unidentified.

NASA provides $45M boost to us small businesses

According to the space program, small businesses are vital to NASA’s mission, helping expand humanity’s presence in space and improve life on Earth. NASA has selected 365 U.S. small business proposals for initial funding from the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, a total investment of more than $45 million.

NASA Ingenuity Mars Helicopter prepares for first flight

NASA is targeting no earlier than April 8 for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter to make the first attempt at powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet. Before the four-pound (1.8-kilogram) rotorcraft can attempt its first flight, however, both it and its team must meet a series of daunting milestones.

NASA Perseverance rover successfully lands on Mars


The NASA Perseverance rover landed at Mars’ Jezero Crater on February 18 nearly seven months after its takeoff to the Red Planet. Perseverance becomes the fifth NASA rover to ever touch down on Mars after Sojourner, twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity and Curiosity.