May 2012 - Featured Missions
China delivers Yaogan 15 to Orbit
Just three short days after launching the military Chinasat 2A Payload via a Long March 3B Rocket from Xichang, China has orbited another spacecraft for its Yaogan Remote Sensing Satellite Fleet. A Long March 4C Rocket blasted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, Shanxi Province, China, at 7:31 GMT on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
China launches Chinasat 2A via Long March 3B
Making its 8th Orbital Launch of the year, China successfully orbited the military Chinasat 2 Spacecraft. A Long March 3B Launcher carrying the satellite blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan Province, China, at 15:56:04 GMT on Saturday, May 26, 2012.
Space Shuttle Retirement:
Endeavour's Final Power-Down; Enterprise Demate at JFK
After being delivered to New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on March 27 and waiting for two weeks inside a hangar, Space Shuttle Enterprise was demated from the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft on Saturday, May 13. Operations were in progress overnight and finished early Sunday morning, local time.
Atlantis & Endeavour undergoing MPS Component Removal
Space Shuttle Retirement Operations are progressing inside Kennedy Space Center’s Orbiter Processing Facility where Atlantis and Endeavour are being readied for going on permanent display later this year.