• Astronauts land safely after Soyuz launch fails at 20 miles up

    8 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    A fault in a Soyuz rocket booster has resulted in an aborted crew mission to the International Space Station, but fortunately no loss of life. The astronauts in the capsule, Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin successfully detached upon recognizing the fault and made a safe, if bumpy, landing nearly 250 miles east of the launch site in Kazakhstan. This high-profile failure could bolster demand for U.S.-built crewed spacecraft.
    The launch proceeded normally for the first minute and a half, but at that point, when the first and second stages were meant to detach, there was an unspecified fault...
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  • NASA's only plan to return astronauts to the moon after nearly 50 years just got slammed by an internal audit

    NASA's only plan to return astronauts to the moon after nearly 50 years just got slammed by an internal audit

    8 days ago - By Business Insider

    NASA's Space Launch System is designed to be the world's most powerful rocket - one able to take astronauts to the moon and Mars.
    However, the $12.2-billion effort to develop and launch the first missions is running years behind schedule and faces major cost overruns.
    On Wednesday, government auditors published a report highlighting problems with the work of NASA and Boeing , the biggest contractor for SLS.
    The report flagged $64 million in extra fees awarded by NASA, slammed Boeing for "poor performance," and questioned the "long-term sustainability" of the super-rocket program.
    NASA is...
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  • 'Our toehold in space is at extreme risk': Russia's rocket failure leaves NASA astronauts with no way to get into orbit

    'Our toehold in space is at extreme risk': Russia's rocket failure leaves NASA astronauts with no way to get into orbit

    8 days ago - By Chron

    Reuters
    A Soyuz rocket carrying a NASA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut failed in mid-flight on Thursday.
    The two crew members had a rough descent back to Earth, but survived without any apparent injury.
    Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, is investigating the Soyuz rocket failure, but it's unknown how long this will take.
    Soyuz is the only human-rated spacecraft available to NASA, Europe, Russia, and other partners of the International Space Station - but it is now grounded indefinitely.
    SpaceX and Boeing are building new commercial ships to reach the space station, but they wouldn't help...
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  • 'Our toehold in space is at extreme risk': Russia's rocket failure has thrown astronaut access to the International Space Station into limbo

    'Our toehold in space is at extreme risk': Russia's rocket failure has thrown astronaut access to the International Space Station into limbo

    8 days ago - By Business Insider

    A Soyuz rocket carrying a NASA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut failed in mid-flight on Thursday.
    The two crew members had a rough descent back to Earth, but survived without any apparent injury.
    Roscosmos , Russia's space agency, is investigating the Soyuz rocket failure, but it's unknown how long this will take.
    Soyuz is the only human-rated spacecraft available to NASA , Europe, Russia, and other partners of the International Space Station - but it is now grounded indefinitely.
    SpaceX and Boeing are building new commercial ships to reach the space station, but they wouldn't help with...
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