LIVE: SpaceX Dragon spacecraft carrying Ax-1 crew set to return to Earth after nearly 15 days in space
The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft carrying Ax-1 crew is set to make a splashdown to Earth on Monday after spending almost 15 days on the orbiting laboratory conducting scientific experiments and outreach activities, according to Axiom Space.
FAA opens Houston Space Safety office to help monitor testing programs, commercial space tourism in Texas, New Mexico
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has opened a safety field office in Houston to increase its oversight of commercial space operations in Texas and New Mexico.
Spidernauts and space dogs: What happens to the creatures of spaceflight
Animal spaceflights paved the way for the first human astronauts and today creatures big and small continue to space travel advancing our knowledge of how the zero-gravity environment impacts all beings and aiding research down on Earth.
Pittsburgh’s ambassadors to space are ready to return America to the moon
Several private companies launching moon landers later this year from Florida will kick off a grand campaign to better understand our nearest neighbor, with big implications for when NASA returns humans to the moon in a few short years.
These photos on Mars are the best we’ve ever seen
The landing is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort to explore the Red Planet. (2021 NASA)This is the first 360-degree panorama taken by Mastcam-Z, a zoomable pair of cameras aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSSThis shows the rim of Jezero Crater as seen in the first 360-degree panorama taken by the Mastcam-Z instrument aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover (Feb. 24, 2021). AdNASA’s Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Rover Down-Look Camera. The Perseverance Mars rover landed on Mars Feb. 18, 2021.
Starship Boca Chica site is also rich with history and biodiversity
One look at Boca Chica Beach and one cannot miss the large steel Starship mounted on a launchpad as well as seemingly non-stop construction. One long road leads straight to the Gulf of Mexico, Boca Chica Beach. On Boca Chica land, the Battle of Palmito Ranch was fought. Several Civil War historical markers line Boca Chica Boulevard. Boca Chica is also a known estuary of the Rio Grande Valley, a bird migration route and a place where turtles find respite, crabs and cacti too.
India to launch Shukrayaan Venus mission in 2024 after pandemic delays: reports
A view of Venus from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft based on data captured in 1974.India is now planning to launch its own Venus orbiter in 2024. India plans to launch a new orbiter to Venus in 2024, a year later than planned, according to media reports. ISRO has been soliciting ideas for instruments for a Venus-based mission since at least 2018, according to its website. Shukrayaan will also bring an instrument to Venus to examine the planet's atmosphere in infrared, ultraviolet and submillimeter wavelengths, Antonita said. Antonita added that other instruments have been shortlisted and that India plans to fly an instrument from Germany.space.com
SpaceX launched Falcon 9 for Starlink mission in Florida
SpaceX launched Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. “SpaceX is targeting Tuesday, November 24 for launch of its sixteenth Starlink mission, which will launch 60 Starlink satellites from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,” according to the website. The Falcon 9 rocket has previously completed six other missionsThe launch was scheduled for 8:13 p.m.
SpaceX launches Falcon 9 in Florida
SpaceX launched Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. SpaceX will land Falcon 9′s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, according to a release. Watch the launch below:The launch was scheduled for 5:25 p.m.
Atlas V rocket launch scrubbed after ground system valve problem, UCL says
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The United Launch Alliance has scrubbed its launch of the Atlas V rocket Wednesday afternoon after a ground system valve problem. If you are just joining us, a ground system valve problem interrupted the countdown to today's #AtlasV rocket launch. The agency said the rocket had to undergo some repairs after the launch was delayed. It was rolled back out on the launch pad in Cape Canaveral on Tuesday. The launch was supposed to take place seven miles from the visitor complex from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida and set to launch just before 5 p.m.
How scientists know we’re not going to get squashed by an asteroid
In a recent episode of the podcast “Space Curious,” planetary scientists helped us understand why this is. They also explained how we know where asteroids are, and why we’re not all going to get squashed by one anytime soon. “The main reason we go to Bennu is because it is the most potentially hazardous asteroid,” Campins said. “It’s a primitive asteroid,” Campins said. Campins said when someone reads about an asteroid headed for Earth, it’s a good idea to do some fact checking.
Who takes out the space trash? Space debris is growing, here’s what’s being done about it
And so whilst we say ’space debris,’ it’s not like there’s hundreds and hundreds of objects all crammed together or creating a huge problem. Space is big, and the separations between these pieces of space debris are quite large.”AdBatcheldor said most space debris, or space junk, is tracked and right now not posing a danger to any new missions. This is the area most concentrated with space debris, according to NASA’s Orbital Debris Program Office. His research area of focus is on robotics in space, including satellite repair in space and removal of space debris. Hosted by space reporter Emilee Speck, each episode is designed to inspire everyone, from the space curious to the space fanatics.
Space Curious: The origin story of the International Space Station
That means most college students today have never known a day without an astronaut orbiting above them on the International Space Station. The International Space Station, or ISS, is just shy of the same length as an American football field and the largest spacecraft ever built. “I felt as an International Space Station, we needed to enter as an international crew.”AdCabana and Krikalev went into the ISS at the same time. “Sergei and I enter side by side, so there was no first person to enter the International Space Station,” Cabana said. Hosted by space reporter Emilee Speck, each episode is designed to inspire everyone, from the space curious to the space fanatics.
Are you Space Curious? Submit your intergalactic questions here
What do you want to know about spaceflight and planetary exploration in the era of a new space industry? Space exploration is fueled by the need to answer questions about the great unknown. There’s no need to have a background in physics or a degree in engineering; this is open for the space curious to the space obsessed. Space reporter Emilee Speck will answer your intergalactic questions with help from astronauts, scientists and engineers. Your questions could be featured on Space Curious, a podcast from Graham Media Group and ClickOrlando.com.