Tag: Rocket Science and Propulsion

As New Space Race Beckons, Astronauts Face Identity Crisis

[Read all Times reporting on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. | Sign up for the weekly Science Times email.] First there were the test pilots — men in possession of what Tom Wolfe called “the right stuff” — who took flight in experimental aircraft. It was absurdly dangerous work with a […]

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After Delay of Chandrayaan-2 Launch, Indians Are Disappointed but Confident

NEW DELHI — With the minutes ticking down, less than an hour to launch time and scores of top scientists and V.I.P.s gathered at a remote coastal site, it appeared that all systems were go. The skies had cleared after a short drizzle. The towering rocket stood on the launchpad, full of fuel. The rocket […]

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India’s Chandrayaan-2 Moon Launch: When and How to Watch

Only three nations have successfully landed spacecraft on the moon — the United States and the Soviet Union during the space race of the 1960s and 1970s, and more recently, China. (An Israeli nonprofit attempted to send a lander named Beresheet to the moon earlier this year, but it crashed.) If all goes well on […]

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Two Magical Places That Sent Apollo 11 to the Moon and Back

DOWNEY, Calif. — The people and places that brought us Apollo 11 are disappearing. While the astronauts and NASA’s mission control in Houston garnered the most attention during the moon landings, an army worked to put the pieces together across the country. That included the rocket scientists in Alabama who developed the Saturn 5 rocket, […]

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Neglected After Apollo, the Moon Comes Back Around

[Read all Times reporting on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. | Sign up for the weekly Science Times email.] Everyone, it seems, wants to go the moon now. In January, Chang’e-4, a Chinese robotic spacecraft including a small rover, became the first ever to land on the far side of the […]

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy’s 3rd Launch — How to Watch

The world’s most powerful operating rocket will take flight again on Tuesday morning. SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket is set to blast off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This will be the third trip for the Falcon Heavy. Its 2018 test launch lofted founder Elon Musk’s Tesla roadster into the solar system, and a second […]

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