Blog Archive: Space Exploration

30 years after space shuttle Challenger disaster, Christa McAuliffe’s students have gone on to teach

CONCORD, N.H. — Thirty years after the Concord High School class of ‘86 watched social studies teacher Christa McAuliffe and six astronauts perish when the space shuttle Challenger exploded on live TV, a number of them have gone into teaching — and some wonder if, indirectly, the tragedy affected them enough that they wanted to make a difference, as she did.

Jason-3 Launches to Monitor Global Sea Level Rise

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE >> Jason-3, a U.S.-European oceanography satellite mission with NASA participation that will continue a nearly quarter-century record of tracking global sea level rise, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Sunday at 10:42 a.m. PST (1:42 p.m. EST) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Jason-3 is an international mission led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in partnership with NASA, the French space agency CNES, and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites.

On fourth try, Hawthorne-based SpaceX lands rocket successfully after launch

Six months after one of its rockets exploded two minutes into flight, Hawthorne-based SpaceX launched a rocket from Cape Canaveral on Monday night and delivered 11 satellites into a low orbit — then made history by successfully landing the booster rocket back on Earth.

SpaceX capsule soars with dummy in 1st test of crew escape

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. >> SpaceX chalked up another big test flight Wednesday, firing a capsule into the air to try out its new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts. No humans were on board, just a life-size dummy, for the first-of-its-kind flight. The whole thing lasted just 1½ minutes, but represented a huge milestone in SpaceX’s effort to get America back to the business of launching astronauts from U.S. soil.

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