ULA launches NASA’s Lucy spacecraft to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids in hopes of discovering secrets of our solar system

NASA and United Launch Alliance launched the Lucy spacecraft in an early morning liftoff beginning its journey the Trojan asteroids.

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China launches second crewed mission to Tianhe, becoming first long-term crew

October 15—China’s second crewed mission, Shenzhou-13, of the year has arrived at the Tianhe space station core module.

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Watch as Soyuz engine test rotates the International Space Station

The International Space Station made an unplanned rotation this morning, and the station’s on board cameras captured it.

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How many people are in space right now?

The International Space Station is designed to always be crewed by cosmonauts and astronauts. For this reason, women and men have been living and working in space constantly since the first Expedition mission in the year 2000. So how many people are in space right now?

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OneWeb’s constellation passes halfway point with recent launch

Early Thursday morning, Arianespace launched Russia’s Soyuz rocket carrying 36 OneWeb satellites. This launch brought OneWeb’s constellation over the halfway point to completion.

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Launch Thread: ULA to launch NASA’s first mission to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids

NASA’s Lucy mission is preparing to launch a daring mission to visit both sets of Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids. These asteroids lead and follow the gas giant in its orbit, and experts believe they will help answer how planets are formed. Read below for updates on the launch of NASA’s Lucy mission.

Date: Saturday, October 16, 5:34 a.m. EDT

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How to watch NASA’s highly-anticipated Lucy mission to the Trojan asteroids

The Lucy spacecraft will journey to Jupiter’s “Trojan” asteroids to gain insight into the formation of our solar system. Here’s how to watch the mission.

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New details on Lucy mission to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids from NASA’s prelaunch briefing

Earlier today, in a virtual media briefing, the NASA Lucy mission director and other notable figures on the Lucy project shared additional information about the space agency’s historic mission to the Trojan asteroids.

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Joint Chiefs of Staff release new identification badge to include Space Force

For the first time in the history of the Joint Chiefs, they have modified their identification badge to represent the addition of the Space Force.

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Space Explored 33: Blue Origin workplace and safety concerns, Captain Kirk goes to space, Lucy launch, and more

This week on the Space Explored Podcast, Seth and Derek discuss the concerns around Blue Origin’s workplace environment and the safety of their rockets. As well they discuss William Shatner’s then-upcoming launch, which was launched this morning, and more.

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When is the next crewed launch to space?

Since 2000 humanity has had a constant presence of individuals orbiting the Earth onboard the International Space Station. With the rise of commercial opportunities to reach for the stars, and other nations begin their crew launch programs, when is the next crewed launch?

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Star Trek star reaches space on top of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket

Blue Origin launched their second human spaceflight today, marking the fifth New Shepard launch this year. On this flight of New Shepard, it carried a very special guest.

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Live Blog: Blue Origin launching second crew of four to space on New Shepard

Blue Origin is preparing to launch NS-18 from their West Texas facility with a crew of four on Wednesday. NS-18 will be the company’s second crewed flight, with the most notable member being William Shatner, the original Captain Kirk from Star Trek. The launch will be a short hop above 100 km to give the crew about 4 minutes of weightlessness. Check below for updates on the launch of NS-18.

Date: Wednesday, October 13 at 10:50 a.m. EDT

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James Webb Space Telescope arrives in French Guiana ahead of December launch

After a secretive voyage from California (to avoid pirates) the James Webb Space Telescope has safely arrived in French Guiana aboard MN Colibri.

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How to watch William Shatner and the NS-18 crew launch to space

Blue Origin is preparing to launch William Shatner and three more crew members to space Wednesday; here is how to watch NS-18.

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Mars communication blackout period with rovers and spacecraft nears its end

NASA is anxiously awaiting the return of communication with Martian rovers and spacecraft after ceasing all communications on October 2.

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Strange radio waves from heart of the Milky Way hint at a new class of stellar object

Astronomers recently discovered a unique radio wave emitted from the direction of the heart of the Milky Way. The unique way in which the polarization of the waves rotates, as well as the variation in brightness, doesn’t closely match what the astronomers expect of other known celestial objects.

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[UPDATE: Final team announced]Orlando Air and Space Show coming to the Orlando-Sanford International Airport this weekend

Nothing is going to space at the Orlando-Sanford International Airport, even though you would be excused for thinking there was. Aerial demonstration teams are descending on Central Florida this weekend. UPDATE: The F-22 Raptor Demo Team will be coming to the air show!

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Rocket Lab announces back-to-back launch windows

Rocket Lab announced launch windows for their upcoming back-to-back launches for BlackSky. The missions will both launch from LC-1, one of their launch facilities in New Zealand.

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Possible launch of China’s Shenzhou-13 crew to the Tianhe space station this week

China‘s national space agency rolled a Long March 2F rocket with a Shenzhou spacecraft on top to their launch site at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. We expect this to be preparation for the Shenzhou-13 mission launching this week.

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World Space Week, SpaceX reaches $100B, NASA Climate action plan and more Top stories

Today marks the end of World Space Week. This week SpaceX reached a $100 billion valuation, NASA released a climate action plan, Sally Ride will be featured on a US quarter and more!

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Outer Space Treaty goes into effect, calming fears of space-based nuclear weapons | This Day in Space (10 Oct. 1967)

Today marks the day when the Outer Space Treaty, signed by the United States, United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union in January of that same year, was enacted, calming fears of space-based nuclear weapon systems.

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Sally Ride, first American woman in space, featured on new US quarter

The US Mint announced the five designs for 2022 as a part of the new American Women Quarters program. Among those featured on the new quarters is Astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

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How to watch tonight’s peak of the Draconid meteor shower

Tonight, October 8, is the peak of October’s Draconid meteor shower, also known as Giacobinids. This is a smaller meteor shower than some, but could certainly be worth a look!

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SpaceX crosses $100 billion valuation following secondary share sale

According to CNBC, Elon Musk’s SpaceX just crossed a $100 billion valuation. The change results from an agreement with new and existing investors to sell shares at $560 per share.

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NASA publishes ‘First Woman’ graphic novel with Augmented Reality

This World Space Week, NASA has joined in, sharing a new graphic novel about the first woman to go to the Moon.

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NASA publishes Climate Action Plan in accordance with Biden executive order

NASA has released a climate action plan that outlines key sustainability priorities and reiterates the agency’s commitment to climate research.

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Vice President Kamala Harris and Astronaut Shane Kimbrough team up for World Space Week [Video]

As a part of World Space Week, astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Vice President Kamala Harris have teamed up in a new NASA video to inspire kids to get interested in space.

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The four African American women who have flown in space

To date, four African American women have flown in space. Mae Jemison was the first Black woman to travel to space in 1992, and most recently Dr. Sian Proctor flew to space as part of the Inspiration4 mission.

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NASA celebrates the Women at NASA this World Space Week

This World Space Week, NASA is taking the time to recognize the women at NASA who help make history every day.

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NASA reassigns Starliner crew members to SpaceX Crew-5 mission

NASA announced on Wednesday the first two members to fly on SpaceX‘s Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station. The crew members were reassigned from Boeing’s planned first two flights on Starliner, which doesn’t seem to be launching anytime soon.

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AstroAccess reveals crew of 12 Disability Ambassadors for historic ZERO-G parabolic flight

AstroAccess has selected 12 ambassadors to fly on a parabolic, weightless flight. Ambassadors with mobility, vision, and hearing disabilities will test the design for accessibility in zero-gravity and high gravity environments. Coinciding with World Space Week, the crew announced today will seek to advance disability inclusion in space.

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Unistellar collaborates with SETI to inspire a million girls to discover space

Unistellar, maker of the electronic telescopes eVscope 2 and Equinox, has partnered once again with the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) institute; this time to inspire young girls to discover space as a part of World Space Week.

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Who was the first woman in Space?

The first woman to ever fly in space is cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova. She launched to space on June 16, 1963, and orbited the Earth for 2 days, 22 hours, and 50 minutes.

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Adam Savage meets Alan Shepards Mercury Spacesuit [Video]

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Restoration Hanger is working on Alan Shepard’s Mercury spacesuit in preparation for display. Adam Savage and Tested got to view this suit while visiting the hanger.

Book Review: ‘The Apollo Murders’ by Chris Hadfield

The Apollo program of the 1960s and 1970s saw the United States land on the Moon six times. Each mission included more detailed charting of the Moon, sample returns, and experiments galore! In The Apollo Murders, author (and former astronaut) Chris Hadfield explores what could’ve happened if there was just one more mission – with a different purpose.

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NASA, FEMA to Host Alliance for Climate Action Series in October

NASA and FEMA are hosting a forum to discuss what the agencies are doing to combat climate change and discuss data gathered by the agencies.

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SmarterEveryDay discusses James Webb Space Telescope with Senior Project Scientist [Video]

With the James Webb Space Telescope coming up in December, Destin Sandlin (SmarterEveryDay) shared a video recorded in 2017 where he sat down with the senior project scientist, Dr. John Mather.

Soyuz spacecraft carrying film crew docked at space station, not without problems

Soyuz MS-19 successfully docked with the International Space Station, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing. “Just like you trained for. You’ll be fine,” said Russian Mission Control Center (MCC-M).

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Barbie doll of ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti flown on zero-G flight for World Space Week

The European Space Agency has partnered with Mattel to send a Barbie version of astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on a zero-G flight to inspire girls to become astronauts, engineers, and scientists.

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Canadian Space Agency chimes in on Facebook outage

Today Facebook and its accompanying apps have experienced a global outage leaving users unable to use their services. The Canadian Space Agency joined in on poking fun at Facebook with a meme about the outage.

Crayola celebrates World Space Week with discounts, educational materials, livestreams, and more

In order to help celebrate World Space Week, Crayola is offering daily live classes and downloadable space-themed coloring pages. Crayola is also offering 20% off all Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) kits.

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Today starts World Space Week 2021; celebrating Women in Space

World Space Week begins today. The international group of events is aimed at inspiring the next generation while celebrating Women in Space. There are thousands of events globally, and World Space Week runs until October 10.

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Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, was launched into orbit | This day in space (4 Oct. 1957)

Today is a day that changed history. With one small sphere, the Soviet Union spurred a new space race, one that led to the opening of NASA less than a year later. On this day, in 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 into low Earth orbit. Americans were amazed and terrified as they heard the beeps and looked overhead to see the first artificial satellite.

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SLS mass-sim removed, Lockheed Martin’s new facility, sexism at Blue Origin and more Top stories

It has been a shockingly busy past week in space. From continued work towards Artemis I, to spacecraft reaching new planets, a lot has happened in the world of spaceflight and space exploration.

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William Shatner confirmed as third passenger on Blue Origin’s next New Shepard launch

Blue Origin is preparing to launch their second crewed New Shepard in less than ten days. After a TMZ report stated he had a ticket, Blue Origin confirms Star Trek actor William Shatner will be on this next flight.

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Jared Isaacman shares views from space using an iPhone

While the Inspiration4 crew was in space conducting medical research and chatting with St Jude patients, they also took the opportunity to get some “out-of-this-world” pictures. While they had a professional camera with them, they have just as many, if not more pictures and videos taken with iPhones.

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SpaceX presents Dragon astronaut wings to crew of Inspiration4

It’s tradition for space travelers to receive wings when they return from their trip. Whether military, civilian, or private, if you fly to space, a shiny pair of wings will most likely await you upon your return from some organization. This now includes private SpaceX passengers, as the Inspiration4 crew were the first to receive new Dragon wings.

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