Space-Baked Cookies, 'Mighty' Mice Back On Earth via SpaceXScientists also are getting back 40 mice that flew up in early December, including eight genetically engineered to have twice the normal muscle mass. Some of the non-mighty mice bulked up in orbit for the muscle study; others will pack it on once they're back in the lab.
SpaceX Delivers 'Mighty Mice,' Worms, Robot To Space StationIt marks the third visit for this recycled Dragon. Flight controllers quickly secured the capsule to the orbiting lab, paving the way for the hatch to open and the unloading to begin.
SpaceX Launches Hefty Rocket With 24 Satellites, ExperimentsSpaceX did manage for the first time to catch the fairing, or nose cone, in a giant net on an offshore boat. The California-based company is trying to recover and reuse as many rocket parts as possible — rather than letting the pieces sink in the ocean — to drive down launch costs.
SpaceX Launches 60 Little Satellites, With Many More To ComeAll 60 flat-panel satellites were deployed and online a few hundred miles (kilometers) above Earth. Each weighs 500 pounds (227 kilograms) and has a single solar panel and a krypton-powered thruster for raising and maintaining altitude. The satellites have the capability of automatically dodging sizable pieces of space junk.
SpaceX Suffers Serious Setback With Crew Capsule AccidentNASA stressed that next week's launch of a SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule remains on track. The supply ship is set to blast off from Cape Canaveral on April 30. SpaceX has been making deliveries to the space station since 2012.
U.S.-Built Capsule With A Dummy Aboard Docks At Space StationAs the capsule closed in on the space station, its nose cap was wide open like a dragon's mouth to expose the docking mechanism. In a docking with a crew aboard, the capsule would likewise operate autonomously, though the astronauts might push a button or two and would be able to intervene if necessary.
SpaceX Launches 10 More Iridium Communications SatellitesThe payload is the eighth and final set of satellites to be launched as Iridium replaces its entire globe-circling fleet with next-generation orbiters.
SpaceX Launches Air Force's Best GPS Yet, Ends Banner YearIt's the first in a series and nicknamed Vespucci after the 15th-century Italian explorer who calculated Earth's circumference to within 50 miles.
Elon Musk To Unveil Underground Tunnel, Transport CarsThe company says on its website that the reason such a system hasn't been done before is that tunnels can be as expensive as $1 billion a mile to dig.
Elon Musk: California Transit Test Tunnel Close To CompletionMusk has described a system in which vehicles or people pods are moved on electrically powered platforms called skates at speeds up to 155 mph (250 kph).
SpaceX Says Elon Musk To Unveil New Plans For Private Citizens To Fly To The MoonThe company has successfully launched 15 Falcon 9s and one Falcon Heavy so far this year.
Astronaut Quits NASA Training – A First In 50 YearsAstronaut candidate Robb Kulin has resigned halfway through his two years of training at Johnson Space Center in Houston.
NASA Assigns Astronauts To SpaceX, Boeing Test FlightsBoeing's first Starliner crew will include a former NASA astronaut who commanded the last shuttle flight in 2011.
SpaceX Launches Station Cargo, 'Floating Brain' Robot To OrbitThis was SpaceX's 12th flight so far this year and the third for NASA featuring a previously flown first stage.