Articles by William Harwood

Spacewalk International Space Station NASA May 20, 2022

Boeing's Starliner crew capsule catches up with space station
William Harwood

Boeing's Starliner crew capsule, making a repeat test flight in a third attempt to reach the International Space Station, finally closed in on the lab complex Friday, executing a series of rendezvous maneuvers while engineers investigated problems with two thrusters and the spacecraft's cooling syst . . .

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Spacewalk International Space Station NASA May 19, 2022

Boeing Starliner takes off on long-delayed test flight to space station
William Harwood

An Atlas 5 rocket boosted a Boeing Starliner crew capsule into orbit Thursday for a make-or-break unpiloted test flight, the company's third attempt in two-and-a-half years to reach the International Space Station. The Starliner's debut test flight in December 2019 was spoiled by embarrassing softwa . . .

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Spacewalk International Space Station NASA May 18, 2022

Boeing's Starliner capsule ready for third attempt to reach space station
William Harwood

Boeing's Starliner capsule, perched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, was hauled to the launch pad Wednesday, setting the stage for blastoff Thursday on a high-stakes test flight to the International Space Station. The goal was to re-establish U.S. human space flight capability in the wa . . .

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Perseverance Mars rover Mars NASA May 17, 2022

NASA's InSight Mars lander running out of power as dust builds on solar arrays
William Harwood

Going out with a bang, NASA's InSight Mars lander, slowly dying as light-blocking dust builds up on its solar arrays, detected the most powerful marsquake yet recorded May 4, a magnitude 5 temblor 10 times stronger than the previous record holder. "We're still doing great science at Mars," said Bruc . . .

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Spacewalk International Space Station NASA May 17, 2022

Spacesuits aboard station declared a "no-go" pending analysis of recent helmet water leak
William Harwood

The aging shuttle-era spacesuits aboard the International Space Station have been declared "no-go" for operational, normally planned spacewalks, pending analysis to determine what led to excess water getting into an astronaut's helmet during a March excursion, officials confirmed Tuesday. "So we won . . .

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Black Hole Supermassive Black Hole Milky Way May 12, 2022

Astronomers reveal first image of black hole at the center of the Milky Way
William Harwood

Three years after capturing the first image of a supermassive black hole in a galaxy 55 million light years away, astronomers have managed to "photograph" the gaping maw of the smaller but much closer black hole quietly lurking at the core of the Milky Way, researchers announced Thursday. The black . . .

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James Webb Space Telescope NASA May 09, 2022

James Webb Space Telescope's optical alignment "perfect," NASA says
William Harwood

Four-and-a-half months after the James Webb Space Telescope's Christmas Day launch, engineers have achieved near-perfect alignment of its complex optical system, setting the stage for final instrument calibrations and the release of the first showcase science images in July, officials said Monday. T . . .

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Spacewalk International Space Station NASA May 06, 2022

SpaceX capsule splashes down off Florida coast, bringing 4 space station astronauts back to Earth
William Harwood

Recovery crews make their way to the Crew Dragon Endurance shortly after the capsule splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico early Friday to close out a 176-day mission. Commander Raja Chari smiles and waves to support crews after being helped from the Crew Dragon spacecraft. Thanks for getting us up to . . .

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Artemis program NASA May 05, 2022

NASA hopeful moon rocket will be ready for fourth fueling test in June
William Harwood

Engineers are making progress resolving mostly ground-system problems that derailed three earlier attempts to fuel the agency's new Space Launch System moon rocket for a dress rehearsal countdown. NASA managers said Thursday they're hopeful about making a fourth attempt by mid June. If all goes well . . .

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International Space Station NASA SpaceX May 04, 2022

Four SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts undock from space station, head for early Friday splashdown off Florida
William Harwood

SpaceX craft on its way to bring four astronauts to the International Space Station following several delaysFour long-duration space station astronauts bid their lab crewmates farewell and undocked from the International Space Station early Thursday, setting off for a scheduled pre-dawn splashdown o . . .

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