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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James Webb Space Telescope Launch Is Making Astronomers Very Anxious

The James Webb Space Telescope is endowed with the hopes and trepidations of a generation of astronomers.

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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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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.

#international-space-station, #japan, #maezawa-yusaku, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #russia, #soyuz-project, #space-adventures, #space-and-astronomy

NASA’s DART Mission Is Punching a Killer Asteroid to Save Humanity

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft, launched on Wednesday, could be the first to alter an asteroid’s path, a technique that may be used to defend the planet in the future.

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Watch NASA Launch DART, a Mission to Crash Into an Asteroid

An early morning liftoff kicks off DART, NASA’s first mission to test a spacecraft that could one day save Earth from a deadly space rock.

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Will Indonesia Edge Its Way into the Space Race?

An Indigenous clan fears it will lose its place in the world as the government pursues a quest to open a spaceport and lure the billionaire SpaceX founder Elon Musk.

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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 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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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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NASA Planning Moon Launch in 2022

A flight of the Space Launch System and Orion capsule without astronauts aboard is planned for early next year, a first, long-delayed step toward returning astronauts to the moon’s surface.

#artemis-program, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Dying Satellite, Not U.F.O. or Meteor, Likely Caused Midwest Fireball

The fiery trail astonished viewers in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, but a Russian military spacecraft was the probable source.

#defense-and-military-forces, #great-lakes, #indiana, #michigan, #ohio, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #russia, #satellites, #space-and-astronomy

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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Space Station Emergency Prompted by Russian Thruster Firing

While the astronauts were said to not be in any danger, it was the second such incident since July.

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Why NASA Is Launching a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy

In a vast odyssey across the solar system, the mission will study asteroids known as Trojans that may contain secrets of how the planets ended up in their current orbits.

#asteroids, #lucy, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #planets, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy

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.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #shatner-william, #space-and-astronomy, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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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Russian Film Crew Has Arrived at Space Station: Live Updates

An actress and a director traveled to the International Space Station, aiming to shoot scenes from the first feature film made in orbit.

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Russia to Send Film Crew to Space: Time and Livestream Details

An actress and a director will head to the International Space Station, aiming to shoot scenes from the first feature film to rely on scenes shot in orbit.

#channel-one, #international-space-station, #movies, #peresild-yulia, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #roscosmos, #russia, #shipenko-klim, #soyuz-project, #space-and-astronomy, #space-stations, #the-challenge-movie

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.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #sexual-harassment, #space-and-astronomy, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

The Moon Crater Where NASA Will Send Its Viper Rover

The agency picked the Nobile crater near the lunar south pole to seek frozen water that will be essential to future astronaut missions.

#astrobotic-technology-inc, #ice, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #robots-and-robotics, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

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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SpaceX Launches Astronaut Crew Like No Other on Orbital Adventure

The Inspiration4 mission successfully lifted off from Florida, carrying with it an ambition of making spaceflight more accessible to the broader public.

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SpaceX Mission: How to Watch the Inspiration4 Launch

Here’s what you need to know about the three-day orbital journey of four Americans, none of them professional astronauts.

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Last Stop on the Way to the Cosmos? No Thanks.

A small Southern county hopes to land a starring role in the commercial space race. But for residents of the exclusive islands in the flight path, the stakes feel sky-high.

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Space Station Tilted After New Russian Module Fires Thrusters

The Nauka module met up with the orbiting outpost on Thursday morning, and later unexpectedly fired its thrusters.

#international-space-station, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #roscosmos, #russia, #space-and-astronomy, #space-stations

It Was His Day Off. Then the Space Station Went for a Spin.

Zebulon Scoville and others at NASA’s mission control in Houston spent Thursday righting the International Space Station after a new Russian module unexpectedly fired its thrusters.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #international-space-station, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #roscosmos, #russia, #scoville-zebulon, #space-and-astronomy

What Makes Elon Musk Different

Two new books, Eric Berger’s “Liftoff” and Tim Higgins’s “Power Play,” explore Musk’s terrestrial and extraterrestrial pursuits — and what has made him so successful.

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Branson Beats Jeff Bezos to Space, Aiming to Open Space Tourism

The successful trip was the first in a series to the edge of space and beyond by billionaire entrepreneurs that seek to make human spaceflight more routine.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #branson-richard, #new-mexico, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #spaceport-america, #travel-and-vacations, #virgin-galactic, #virgin-group

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Space Plane Flight: How to Watch

The V.S.S. Unity will lift off from New Mexico on Sunday morning as billionaire entrepreneurs race to make spaceflight unexceptional.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #branson-richard, #federal-aviation-administration, #high-net-worth-individuals, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #travel-and-vacations, #virgin-galactic, #virgin-group

Advancements in Space Technology Drive Investor Interest

Advancements in space technology and new means of financing are driving a flurry of investor interest.

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Richard Branson Will Try to Beat Jeff Bezos to Space

The Virgin Galactic founder hopes to edge out, by nine days, Blue Origin’s first flight with a crew aboard.

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How to Watch China’s Space Station Launch: Time, Streaming and More

Three Chinese astronauts, the first since 2016, are set to launch into space. They will begin what is expected to be a continuous Chinese presence in Earth’s orbit for the next decade.

#astronauts, #china, #china-manned-space-agency, #international-space-station, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #space-stations, #tiangong

China, Russia Team Up for a Space Race With the U.S.

The two countries have pledged to cooperate on expeditions to the moon and to an asteroid, setting the stage for a new space race with the United States and its partners.

#china, #china-manned-space-agency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-relations, #international-space-station, #mars-planet, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #politics-and-government, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #russia, #space-and-astronomy, #space-stations

NASA’s Juno Mission Reveals What’s Beneath Jupiter’s Pretty Clouds

NASA’s Juno probe is beginning an extended mission that may not have been possible if it hadn’t experienced engine trouble when it first arrived at the giant planet.

#europa-moon-of-jupiter, #ganymede-jupiter-moon, #io-moon-of-jupiter, #juno-spacecraft, #jupiter-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

Venus Will Have a Fleet of Spacecraft as Europe Adds Orbiter Mission

The EnVision spacecraft will complement two NASA missions announced last week, ending the relative loneliness of a planet sometimes thought of as Earth’s twin.

#european-space-agency, #geology, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #venus-planet, #volcanoes, #water

NASA’s Juno Takes Photos of Ganymede, Jupiter’s Biggest Moon

The Juno spacecraft completed a close flyby of Ganymede, Jupiter’s biggest moon, as it transitions into a new phase of its mission.

#ganymede-jupiter-moon, #juno-spacecraft, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

New NASA Missions Will Study Venus, a World Overlooked for Decades

One of the spacecraft will probe the hellish planet’s clouds, which could potentially help settle the debate over whether they are habitable by floating microbes.

#extraterrestrial-life, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #venus-planet

Space Station May Host Wave of TV Shows and Films

A Discovery reality TV competition, a Russian medical thriller and more productions could be heading to the orbital outpost in the next year.

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A Serene Shore Resort, Except for the SpaceX ‘Ball of Fire’

For years, those in a rural Texas village cherished living among nature and wildlife. Elon Musk’s SpaceX has brought new fears and the promise of an economic boost to one of America’s poorest corners.

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Bye Bye, Bennu: NASA Heads Back to Earth With Asteroid Stash in Tow

The OSIRIS-REX mission will spend two years cruising home with space rock samples that could unlock secrets of the early solar system.

#asteroids, #lauretta-dante, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #osiris-rex, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

When Is China’s Rocket Supposed to Fall?: Here’s What to Know

The Long March 5B, the country’s largest rocket, is expected to come down sometime this weekend, but where and when are difficult to predict.

#accidents-and-safety, #aerospace-corp, #china, #earth, #indian-ocean, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #space-stations, #tianwen-1-mars-mission

Long March 5B, a Chinese Rocket, Expected to Tumble Back to Earth

The chances of it hitting a populated area are small, but not zero. That has raised questions about how the country’s space program designs its missions.

#accidents-and-safety, #aerospace-corp, #china, #international-relations, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #space-stations

Watch: SpaceX Launch and Landing of Starship SN15

After a series of high-altitude test flights that ended in explosions, the new vehicle set down in one piece on a Texas launchpad.

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Bidding Opens for a Seat on Blue Origin’s First Passenger Space Flight

Blue Origin has teased space tourism for years. Its first flight with people on board launches July 20.

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A ‘Right Stuff’ for Our Moment of Space Travel

In “Test Gods,” Nicholas Schmidle tells the story of Virgin Galactic’s space program, with a focus on the astronauts who are charting new frontiers.

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Watch SpaceX Make the First Nighttime Splash Down Since 1968

Crew-1, which launched to the space station in November, will head home in the capsule called Resilience.

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How to Watch SpaceX Splashdown With 4 Astronauts

Crew-1, which launched to the space station in November, will head home in the capsule called Resilience.

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