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First astronaut missions to the Moon since 1972 delayed due to heat shield questions, hardware readiness – Spaceflight Now
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First astronaut missions to the Moon since 1972 delayed due to heat shield questions, hardware readiness – Spaceflight Now

The Artemis 2 crew, standing in from of their Artemis spacecraft, discusses their planned around-the-moon flight with reporters at the Kennedy Space Center. Left to right: commander Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, Christina Koch and Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen. Image: Adam Bernstein/Spaceflight Now. A quartet of astronauts will have to wait until next year before their voyage around the Moon. In a robust update on Tuesday afternoon, NASA leadership announced that the next two missions in the Artemis program, and the first featuring astronauts, will each shift back by nearly a year. The Artemis 2 mission, which was due to liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center this November, will instead launch no earlier than September 2025. The Artemis 3 mission, which will still feature the first crewed...
Peregrine lander suffers propulsion ‘anomaly,’ Moon landing seemingly unlikely – Spaceflight Now
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Peregrine lander suffers propulsion ‘anomaly,’ Moon landing seemingly unlikely – Spaceflight Now

Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander in the clean room at Astrotech in Titusville, Florida. The spacecraft was the main payload onboard the first launch of ULA’s Vulcan rocket. Image: ULA In situation seemly pulled from a science fiction movie, a robotic mission to the Moon swung from the brink of failure to having renewed hope before the pendulum swung back again with a successful lunar landing for Astrobotic’s Peregrine spacecraft now unlikely. The first commercially-built lunar lander from the U.S. ran into trouble just hours after launching on board United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) inaugural Vulcan rocket. Soon after Astrobotic’s Peregrine spacecraft was delivered to a trans-lunar injection orbit on Monday morning, the company said an “anomaly” occurred that prevented it from orienting th...
SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral with 23 Starlink satellites – Spaceflight Now
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SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral with 23 Starlink satellites – Spaceflight Now

A Falcon 9 rocket carrying 23 Starlink satellites lifts off from Cape Canaveral on Jan. 7, 2024. Photo: Adam Bernstein/Spaceflight Now. The next batch of 23 Starlink satellites for SpaceX’s space-based internet service roard into orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket launched Sunday from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 5:35 p.m. EST (2235 UTC). SpaceX had earlier announced a four-hour launch window that opened at 4 p.m. EST (2100 UTC), but it needs to clear the way for the inaugural launch of United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket from neighboring pad 41. The rocket was only raised upright on the launch pad at around 1 p.m. EST leaving crews racing to meet the new target launch time of 5:35 p.m. EST. SpaceX’s Vice President of Launch said in a post on the social media network X, it ...