SpaceX Falcon heavy rocket next launch from Florida’s Space Coast has been pushed back to Tuesday, April 9. The megarocket will lift off from historic Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center carrying the Arabsat 6A communications satellite.
Although this is the second launch of the world’s most powerful
rocket, it will be its first commercial mission. Its maiden launch was a
demonstration flight on February 6, last year, when Elon Musk’s cherry-red
Roadster and a Starman dummy pilot were sent into space.
A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship made a special delivery at the International Space Station on Saturday morning just in time for the holidays. The capsule carrying Christmas treats on board, including smoked turkey and fruitcake, arrived at the space station with a slight delay caused by a communication drop-out. Continue reading “SpaceX Dragon Delivers Christmas Gifts to Space Station”
SpaceX postpones Falcon 9 launch to conduct nose cone checks.
SpaceX has delayed its weekend launch of the Spanish communications satellite Hispasat 30W-6 to allow time for extra tests on the Falcon 9 rocket.
The Falcon 9 was scheduled to launch the satellite Sunday (Feb. 25) at 12:35 a.m. EST (0535 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. But on Saturday, SpaceX said it needed extra time to test the rocket’s payload fairing, the nose cone that protects satellites during flight. A new launch date has not been officially announced yet.
SpaceX launched a mysterious Air Force X-37B space plane ahead of Irma’s arrival
Elon Musk’s space company can add another first to its ever-increasing list. Only two days ago, it successfully launched the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B experimental space plane. This is the first time for SpaceX to launch the X-37B, which has run four missions previously but the launch vehicle was always United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket.
The launch was scheduled for September 7 at Cape Canaveral, just days ahead of the potential landfall of Hurricane Irma and there is a chance to be postponed due to weather. Continue reading “SpaceX Successfully Launches Air Force’s Space Plane on Secret Mission”
Cirque du Soleil closes La Nouba at Walt Disney World after a 19-year run and thousands of performances.
The final performance will be held at Disney Springs on Dec. 31, according to the Disney Parks Blog.
La Nouba premiered in late 1998 and was the first Cirque show to have a permanent residence in a city outside of Las Vegas. There have been more than 8,500 performances of the show and more than 10 million guests have enjoyed it, according to Disney.
The future of the distinctive, especially designed theater on the far west end of the complex was not immediately announced. No further information on what will replace La Nouba at Disney Springs. Continue reading “Disney World’s Cirque du Soleil Show Closes This December”
NASA has delayed the launch of a major communications satellite by more than two weeks in order to replace a damaged antenna. One of the antennas on the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite had been broken earlier this month during final launch preparations. The liftoff is now targeted for Aug. 20 from Cape Canaveral, Florida aboard an Atlas V rocket.
After 146 years, Ringling Bros will close the iconic “Greatest Show on Earth.”
Employees were told the sad news a few days ago in Orlando. Its last performance is scheduled for May 21 at the Nassau Coliseum. The circus will have 30 more performances. Some of them will be in Atlanta, Washington, Boston, and Philadelphia. Other stops on the show’s last tour include Long Island and Brooklyn.
The owners said the main reasons included high operating costs, decreasing tickets sales and changing public tastes. Continue reading “Ringling Bros Closes ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ after 146 Years”