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iPhone 4 Launched Into Space With Weather Balloon

We've seen iPhones in blenders, aerial balloons and underwater, but this may be the first time someone has launched an iPhone into space.


ISS: Expedition 25 To Launch On New Soyuz

Three new crewmembers are flying to the International Space Station tonight aboard an upgraded spacecraft, known as Soyuz TMA-01M. Their crewmates are waiting for them on the ISS. When the Soyuz docks Saturday night, the Station will be back to its full complement of sixNASA reports:

New Station Crew Members Ready for Launch

JSC2010-E-167400 -- Scott Kelly, Alexander Kaleri and Oleg SkripochkaImage above: At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 25 Flight Engineers Scott Kelly, Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka (left to right) are pictured in front of their Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft. Photo credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Kaleri made final preparations for their launch Thursday aboard the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft to the International Space Station. Their two-day journey to the station will begin with a launch set for 7:10 p.m. EDT. NASA TV coverage of the launch will begin at 6:15 p.m.

› Watch the launch on NASA TV

Kelly, Skripochka and Kaleri are scheduled to dock to the station’s Poisk module Saturday at 8:02 p.m. completing the Expedition 25 crew.

Welcoming them aboard will be current station residents, Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Shannon Walker. Wheelock, Yurchikhin and Walker arrived June 17 aboard their Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft.

Live HD coverage at SpaceVidCast. Live video at SFN. Discussion at Nasaspaceflight. Preflight pics are up at JSC and Energia. Rollout vid at YouTube. More clips at Space Multimedia. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV.

US Military’s Top-Secret X-37B Shuttle ‘Disappears’ for Two Weeks, Changes Orbit

X-37B image courtesy of USAFAmateur astronomers are enjoying a cat-and-mouse game with the US military in keeping track of its secret space plane, the X-37B.

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ISS: Soyuz TMA-19 Ready To Launch Expedition 24 Crew

Fyodor Yurchikhin will command the Russian spacecraft, while NASA's Shannon Walker will act as Soyuz Flight Engineer. Doug Wheelock rounds out the crew as FE-2. Wheelock will command Expedition 25 in September.

The trio will launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome on a 2-day flight which will arrive at the ISS on Thursday,  joining Expedition 24 commander Alexander Skvortsov, cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko and American astronaut Tracy Caldwell-Dyson.

Liftoff is scheduled for 5:35PM EDT today (that's 2135 GMT Tuesday, 3:35AM Wednesday local time).

Play-by-play at Spaceflight Now. Watch live on NASA TV.

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Boldly Going Nowhere: NASA Ends Plan to Put Man Back on Moon

NASA has begun to wind down construction of the rockets and spacecraft that were to have taken astronauts back to the Moon — effectively dismantling the US human spaceflight program despite a congressional ban on its doing so.

Legislators have accused President Obama’s Administration of contriving to slip the termination of the Constellation program through the back door to avoid a battle on Capitol Hill.

Falcon 9 Launch: Friday

The first flight of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is now being targeted for no earlier than Friday, June 4 2010. The window for the test flight remains 1 p.m. to 5 p.m [see update below - TonyF]. Once the final approvals are given and related documentation is completed, the California-based company will be cleared to launch the Falcon 9 from Launch Complex 40 at the Air Force base.

270px-falcon_9_upright_on_pad1UPDATE: Launch window opens at 11AM EDT. Live coverage at SpaceFlightNow, FlaToday, Nasaspaceflight, and of course SpaceX.

UPDATE 2: Launch delayed, no new time - window extends to 3PM EDT. Check our Twitter for updates.

Today In Space History: Ancient To Modern

May 28 In Space History:

585 BC (going waaaaay back): The "Battle of the Eclipse" ended a war between two ancient nations because a solar eclipse caused the warring factions to believe that their gods wanted an end to the hostilities. Since eclipses can be calculated for past and future dates, this is one of the earliest historical events for which the precise date is known. (Thanks Wikipedia)

1959 (ok, back to AD): Able and Miss Baker, the first "space monkeys" to return from space alive, were launched and recovered unscathed after a 9-minute suborbital flight in the nosecone of a Jupiter MRBM. Go primates! (Thanks @SpacemensLuck)

1962: The USSR launches the Kosmos 5 satellite, which spent a year in orbit on a scientific research and testing mission.

1964: NASA launches Saturn 6, an unmanned test of the Saturn I rocket which would evolve into the launchers to carry astronauts to Earth orbit and to the Moon(Thanks Mark Wade)

2002: Scientists working on the Mars Odyssey orbiter program announce that large quantities of water ice were detected beneath the surface of Mars. (Thanks @airandspace)

Look for hashtag #TISH on our Twitter feed for more Today In Space History!