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SpaceX Starship prototype soars 6 miles up, then lands upright

SpaceX's test flight of Starship SN15 went off without a hitch today, May 5, 2021. Following 4 Starship prototypes that exploded upon landing after their high-altitude flight tests, the SN15 landed safely.

Florida bill says companies like SpaceX retain ownership of fallen hardware

In and around Florida, at least, no more "finders keepers" once a new bill becomes law on July 1. The Spaceflight Assets bill affirmed by the Florida legislature in late April 2021 requires that anyone who finds "reasonably identifiable" spacecraft parts make a "reasonable effort" to notify the hardware's owner.

Lift off! 4 astronauts in Crew-2 mission blast off to ISS

The launch of Crew-2, the 2nd flight of this particular Crew Dragon, went off without a hitch Friday morning, after being postponed due to weather.

It flew! Mars helicopter takes to the air

The Mars helicopter - named Ingenuity - successfully flew in the thin air of Mars early in the day on Monday, April 19. Images here.

For the 2nd time, Northrop Grumman catches a satellite in Earth orbit

Northrop Grumman said last week that its Mission Extension Vehicle 2 - a robot spacecraft designed to help prolong the life of satellites in space - successfully docked to a commercial communications satellite. "We are now the only provider of life extension services for satellites," a company spokesperson said.

China and Russia will be building a moon base together

China and Russia are cooperating in plans to build a lunar research outpost on the moon. The China National Space Administration and Roscosmos - Russia's space agency - made the announcement in a memorandum dated March 9, 2021.

Hubble Space Telescope back out of safe mode, working to resume normal operations

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope went into a protective safe mode early March 7, after on onboard software program failed during a guide star acquisition. NASA has now announced that spacecraft was moved out of safe mode, into a pre-science state with the plan of returning to normal operations.

Touchdown! Perseverance lands successfully on Mars

NASA's Perseverance mission conducted a picture-perfect landing on Mars today and has already sent back several images.

NASA’s moon program – Artemis – boosted at White House press briefing

During a White House press briefing on February 4, 2021, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the Biden administration's support fo NASA's Artemis program, whose long-term goal is to send the next man and first woman to the moon by 2024.

Watch an ISS spacewalk February 1

On Monday, February 1, 2 NASA astronauts will perform the 2nd in a pair of International Space Station spacewalks to finish installing a European science platform and complete long-term battery upgrade work. How to watch live.