NASA’s CAPSTONE Launch to the Moon: How to Watch

The small spacecraft will be the first to head to the moon in a year when other planned missions have yet to get off the launchpad.

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Boeing Starliner Spacecraft: How to Watch the Nasa Launch

The aerospace giant’s astronaut capsule has yet to complete a successful test flight to the space station, while SpaceX has carried seven crews into orbit.

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How Elon Musk Winged It With Twitter, and Everything Else

To a degree unseen in any other mogul, the world’s richest man acts on impulse and the belief that he is absolutely right.

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How to Watch the Rocket Lab Launch Today

If Rocket Lab can snatch its spent rocket booster from the sky and then reuse it for another orbital launch, it will pull off something so far achieved only by Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

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SpaceX and Axiom Launch Private Astronaut Crew to Space Station

Axiom Space bought seats on a SpaceX rocket to be NASA’s guests in orbit as the agency extends efforts to commercialize spaceflight.

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Space Tourism Isn’t Just Joyriding

Having rich guys like Jeff Bezos in orbit can make space travel routine and help all of us dream big.

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NASA Plans to Give SpaceX Some Company on the Moon

The agency will seek bids for future lunar landing spacecraft from companies other than SpaceX, which won the first contract to return American astronauts to the moon.

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Russia’s Loss of Rocket Launch Business Becomes SpaceX’s Gain

OneWeb, a British satellite internet company, turned to SpaceX’s rockets after canceling launches with Russia’s Soyuz vehicle over the invasion of Ukraine.

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Pete Davidson No Longer Going to Space, Blue Origin Says

According to the company, the comedian is “no longer able to join” its coming mission. It was unclear whether another celebrity would take his seat.

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Pete Davidson to Join Next Blue Origin Space Flight

The “Saturday Night Live’’ comedian will be one of six passengers to fly to the edge of space this month with Blue Origin, the rocket company founded by Jeff Bezos.

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Dreaming of Suitcases in Space

A California start-up company believes it can one day speed delivery of important items by storing them in orbit.

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Russia’s Space Isolation Grows as OneWeb Cancels Launch

OneWeb, a British satellite maker, canceled launches reliant on Russia, which also announced it would cease selling rocket engines to American companies.

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Maybe—just maybe—sending billionaires into space isn’t such a bad thing

Artist's rendering of spacewalk in Earth orbit.

Enlarge / A rendering of a spacewalk happening outside of a Crew Dragon spacecraft. (credit: SpaceX)

One of the most visually appealing Super Bowl advertisements on Sunday night starred Matthew McConaughey dressed as an astronaut. The advertisement begins with suggestive images of McConaughey in space only to find him in a hot air balloon.

“It’s not time to escape, it’s time to engage,” McConaughey says as his balloon traverses green countryside, cityscapes, and a wedding. “So while the others look to the Metaverse and Mars, let’s stay here and restore ours. The new frontier, it ain’t rocket science. It’s right here.”

The ad ends with a hashtag, #TeamEarth, and was evidently bought by Salesforce to burnish its image as a company working for the good of humanity and our planet. Consultants apparently convinced Salesforce the best way to do this was by shaming billionaires who are interested in and investing in space. Which is interesting, given that Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is an investor in SpaceX and has said, “Space is a huge category that we should invest in.”

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SpaceX Tourists Will Make Attempt at Spacewalk During Flight

Jared Isaacman, who flew in the company’s capsule last year, is chartering a repeat voyage that will expose the space-suited crew to space.

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China Not SpaceX May Be Source of Rocket Crashing Into Moon

The developer of astronomy software who said that Elon Musk’s company would cause a new crater on the moon says that he “had really gotten it wrong.”

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What Will Elon Musk Say? Watch SpaceX Starship Live Stream

The giant, gleaming spacecraft is being designed to carry NASA astronauts to the moon, as well as the dreams of Elon Musk’s space company.

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NASA-Funded Satellites Lost in Setback for Astra, a Small Rocket Launch Start-Up

The mission’s failure to reach orbit highlighted the challenges of breaking into the space business, especially for companies that are publicly traded on the stock market.

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Geomagnetic Storm Destroys 40 New SpaceX Satellites in Orbit

The geomagnetic incident resulted in the Starlink transmitters drifting back into Earth’s atmosphere, where they will burn up, potentially costing the company about $100 million.

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A Teenager Tracked Elon Musk’s Jet on Twitter. Then Came the Direct Message.

Jack Sweeney, a freshman at the University of Central Florida, said that Mr. Musk raised privacy and security concerns about his popular Twitter account, @ElonJet.

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SpaceX Rocket Part to Crash Into Moon 7 Years After Launch

The four-ton piece of the rocket hasn’t been heard from since it launched an American satellite called DSCOVR. It could make a 65-foot crater on the far side of the moon.

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Japanese Company Joins March Back to the Moon in 2022

Before the end of the year, ispace aims to place a lander with two small rovers on the lunar surface. It may find other visitors have also made the trip this year.

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Big Rockets, Massive Asteroids and More Space Highlights for 2022

Here’s a look at what may be launching in the year to come.

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NASA-Russia Alliance Is Shaken by Events on Planet Earth

The relationship between the nations’ space agencies is facing a series of difficult tests, including an antisatellite weapon and friction over Ukraine.

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Former Interns Say SpaceX Ignored Sexual Harassment

Some women at the company, founded by Elon Musk, described feelings of powerlessness and a failure by the company’s human resources office to discipline male employees.

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Jeff Bezos Is Getting Astronaut Wings. But Soon, the F.A.A. Won’t Award Them.

Starting in January, space tourists will not receive a participation trophy for flying to space. But everyone will be on the honor roll.

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The Year Space Got Sexy All Over Again

Or at least became a place for phallic rockets paid for by billionaires.

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Yusaku Maezawa, Japanese Billionaire, Arrives at Space Station

Yusaku Maezawa, the founder of the clothing retailer Zozo, will spend 12 days in orbit with a production assistant who will document his stay.

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Millionaire Space Tourism Doesn’t Come With an Awe Guarantee

Space tourism is one of those ostensibly awesome experiences that often feel anticlimactic because they promise the sublime.

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Michael Strahan to Join Next Blue Origin Space Flight

Mr. Strahan, a “Good Morning America” co-host, is one of six people set to join the next spaceflight with Blue Origin, the rocket company founded by Jeff Bezos.

#abc-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #good-morning-america-tv-program, #private-spaceflight, #space-and-astronomy, #strahan-michael

SpaceX Crew-3 Astronauts Dock With Space Station

The Crew Dragon capsule Endurance docked on Thursday with the orbital outpost, where the four crewmates will stay until April 2022.

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SpaceX to Launch NASA Crew-3 Astronauts: How to Watch

After bringing home another crew, SpaceX will launch four more people to the International Space Station in its Dragon capsule.

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NASA Moves Moon Landing Deadline Back to 2025

The space agency acknowledged that it cannot return astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024, a timeline set under President Trump.

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SpaceX Carries NASA Astronaut Mission Home With Safe Water Landing

The Crew-2 astronauts spent nearly 200 days in orbit, and their stay aboard the International Space Station was punctuated with surprises.

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SpaceX Mission: Watch NASA Astronauts Undock From the Space Station

Four crew members are scheduled to depart from the orbital outpost after about half a year in space. They will splash down near Florida on Monday.

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Blue Origin Loses Legal Fight Over SpaceX’s NASA Moon Contract

A federal judge rejected the argument by Jeff Bezos’ rocket company that NASA unfairly awarded a lunar lander contract to Elon Musk’s firm.

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Amazon to Launch First Two Internet Satellites in 2022

Competing with SpaceX, OneWeb and others, the e-commerce titan will rely on small rockets to get prototypes of its satellite constellation into space.

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Weather Delays SpaceX Launch of Crew-3 Astronauts for NASA

The four crew members, three Americans and one German, were originally scheduled to launch on Sunday.

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Leaky Space Toilets: SpaceX’s Latest Engineering Challenge

A discussion of repairs of the waste management systems used aboard the company’s passenger spacecraft offered rare insight into how it fixes things.

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Blue Origin Wants to Build a Space Station

Blue Origin says it will team up with Sierra Space, Boeing and other companies to build an outpost that could help replace the International Space Station.

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Why Can’t Astronauts Have Disabilities? 12 Flyers Search for Proof They Can.

People with different types of disabilities tested their skills and technologies on a zero-gravity research flight with the goal of proving that they can safely go to space.

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Boeing Deepens NASA Starliner Probe, Prompting More Delays

The Starliner capsule for NASA crews is now unlikely to have another orbital flight test until the middle of next year.

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In a Blue Origin Rocket, William Shatner Finally Goes to Space

The actor who played Captain Kirk played the role of pitchman for Jeff Bezos’ spaceflight company at a time that it is facing a number of workplace and business difficulties.

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How to Watch William Shatner Launch to Space on Blue Origin

Jeff Bezos’ rocket company will launch the man who played Captain Kirk along with three other passengers on a short up and down flight to the edge of space.

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Sometimes Life Imitates Art. William Shatner Is Headed To Space With Blue Origin.

Next week, in a thoroughly modern blurring of reality and fiction, William Shatner will soar to space with Blue Origin. Do you care?

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William Shatner Will Launch to Space on Next Blue Origin Flight

It’s only the edge of space, but the man who played the “Star Trek” captain is heading there with three other people for Blue Origin’s second flight with passengers.

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Accused of Toxic Culture and Safety Issues

Blue Origin launched the Amazon founder to the edge of space in July and has another flight planned in October, but the company has experienced other setbacks this year.

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What a Fungus Reveals About the Space Program

One thing’s for sure: Escaping the dung heap doesn’t come cheap.

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Inspiration4’s successful splashdown is just the beginning of private spaceflight for SpaceX

Just like that, they came back.

The Inspiration4 crew made a triumphant splashdown on Saturday evening off the east coast of Florida, marking the close of the first completely private, all-civilian space mission. SpaceX’s Go Searcher recovery ship hauled the Crew Dragon capsule, dubbed Resilience, a little less than an hour after splashdown. The crew was then ferried via helicopter to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where they received standard medical checks.

The successful completion of the mission is a major triumph for Elon Musk and SpaceX (and, more peripherally, NASA, which funded the development of the tech), who conducted the entirety of the mission. It’s also perhaps our clearest signal that a new dawn of space travel is officially here.

Benji Reed, SpaceX’s senior director for human-spaceflight programs, told reporters that the company is seeing an increased number of inquiries from potential customers for private missions. The company could fly “three, four, five, six times a year at least,” he said.

Of course, mission commander Jared Isaacman is not the first billionaire to go to space. This summer, both Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos conducted their own orbital joy-rides in vehicles developed by their respective companies, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin. But those trips were significantly shorter – Bezos and his three crewmates went to space and back in under fifteen minutes, essentially traveling in a long parabolic arc.

In contrast, the Inspiration4 crew spent three days orbiting Earth at an altitude that went as high as 590 kilometers – that’s higher than the International Space Station, meaning they were the most ‘outer’ of all the people in space. Over the course of their mission, they travelled around the Earth an average of fifteen times per day.

While in orbit, the crew conducted a handful of science experiments, mostly capturing data on themselves with the aim of furthering our understanding of the effects of spaceflight on the human body. The crew also spent some time in the large glass domed window, which SpaceX calls the “cupola,” snapping pictures of space.

Other than Isaacman, who made his fortune from his payment processing company Shift4 payments, the crew included physician assistant and childhood cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux; geoscientist Sian Proctor; and Lockheed Martin engineer Chris Sembroski. Among the other firsts for the crew, Arceneaux is the youngest American to go to space and the first person with a prosthesis to go to space; Proctor is the first Black woman to pilot a space mission.

The historic mission was paid for entirely by Isaacman, though both he and SpaceX are staying mum on how much it cost in total. Instead, the mission was being framed as a $200 million fundraiser for St. Jude Research Hospital, to which Isaacman donated $100 million and Musk donated $50 million. The fundraiser received an additional $60.2 million in public donations.

This is the second time the Resilience spacecraft has safely carried humans to and from space. The first mission, Crew-1, carried four astronauts (three from NASA, one from the Japanese space agency) to the ISS and returned them back to Earth in May. SpaceX will be conducting another handful of crewed missions over the next six months, including another mission to the ISS on behalf of NASA and the European Space Agency, as well as the private AX-1 mission on behalf of Axiom Space.

“Thanks so much SpaceX, that was a heck of a ride for us,” Isaacman said moments after the capsule landed. “We’re just getting started.”

Watch a full stream of the splashdown here:

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SpaceX’s Inspiration4 Civilian Crew Completes 3-Day Mission

The mission hinted at what space travel could look like in a more accessible future, while remaining in reach now to only the richest of the rich.

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Who Gets Sick in Space? Inspiration4 May Offer More Clues.

Commercial spaceflight brings a more diverse cross section of humanity beyond Earth, helping medical researchers collect data.

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