About the Author

Seth Kurkowski

@SethKurk

Managing Editor for Space Explored

Seth Kurkowski covers launches and general space news for Space Explored. He has been following launches from Florida since 2018.

Seth’s first launch was SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Demo in February of 2018 and has been hooked on them ever since.

He also helped start Space Coast Launch Ambassadors, an outreach group advocating for space exploration while helping the general public enjoy rocket launches from the Space Coast.

Seth co-hosts the Space Explored weekly podcast as well as the Rapid Unscheduled Discussions podcast.

Email tips, pitches, typos, and feedback to kurk@SpaceExplored.com.

Follow: Twitter @SethKurk + Instagram @sethkurk.

Today

A few weeks ago, ULA conducted their first launch for 2021 with a launch of a Delta IV Heavy for the National Reconnaissance Office. Next week, ULA plans to launch the first Atlas V rocket of the year carrying a payload for the US Space Force.

Date: Monday, May 17th, 1:35 PM EDT

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May 13th, 10:50 EDT: Space Launch Delta 45 released a new weather report for L-2 days. Check the weather section below for details.


Earlier this week we saw the first 10th flown booster take off from Cape Canaveral, finally hitting the milestone Elon Musk set out. This week another high flight number booster will take off with more Starlink Satellites.

Date: Saturday, May 15th, 6:58 PM EDT

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May 12

Cosmic Perspective’s Starship SN15 movie is out and it is glorious

Starship SN15 launched last week and we’ve all enjoyed the flood of photos and videos of the flight but nothing compares to the 4K slow-motion video by Cosmic Perspective.

May 11

Today Facer is releasing brand new watch faces for the Apple Watch that will let you show off your space passion everywhere you go.

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May 10

It was announced today that Steve Jurczyk will retire after a long service to NASA, serving many roles the most recent being NASA’s Associate Administrator.

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Almost a decade in the making, SpaceX has finally launched and then landed their first 10th flown Falcon 9 rocket booster, a booster that has been flying for over 2 years.

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May 8

As soon as this weekend, SpaceX will attempt to launch one of its life-leading Falcon 9 boosters for the 10th time. This will make complete a promise Elon Musk has said for years that he will reuse a Falcon 9 ten times.

Date: Sunday, May 9th, 2:42 AM EDT

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This week’s Saturday Night Live was hosted by none other than SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. This lead to many references to all of Musk’s companies, one of the highlights of the night though was a skit showing off SpaceX’s future base on Mars.

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This week join Space Explored’s Seth Kurkowski and Zac Hall to discuss SpaceX’s Starship SN15 landing, Crew-1’s return to Earth, Coldplay playing music in space, and more new. This followed by a spoiler-filled review of For All Mankind season 2.

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May 7

Tomorrow watch Elon Musk on Saturday Night Live

Tomorrow night, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will be the guest host of NBC’s Saturday night live. The show airs live at 11:30 PM EDT.

May 6

Blue Origin released details on the requirements their astronauts will need to fly their New Shepard rocket. Do you have what it takes to fly on the first crewed flight this July?

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May 5

Today marks the 60th anniversary of Alan Shepard’s fateful flight, now today will mark another first. The first successful landing of a Starship vehicle by SpaceX.

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We’ve been waiting on confirmation from SpaceX on if they will fly Starship SN15 and we finally got an update on the website that it will fly today.

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Over the last year, many have thought about when will Blue Origin finish testing their New Shephard rocket and finally launch their first crewed flight. Well, the wait is finally over.

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May 4

Happy Star Wars Day to everyone, and if you’re an avid fan of the sci-fi series then you know what an X-Wing is. Good news for anyone wanting to see one cause starting tomorrow you can at the National Air and Space Museum.

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With their continued push to launch as much as they possibly can this year, SpaceX will attempt to launch their 26th Starlink mission tomorrow.

Date: Tuesday, May 4th, 3:01 PM EDT

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After a quick confirmation process, the former senator from Florida and Space Shuttle astronaut, Bill Nelson, is sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris to be the next administrator of NASA.

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Not very often do we get two launches on the same day from the same company but today we might just see that take place. Two SpaceX rockets are on their respective launch pads counting down toward two launches later today.

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How to get a free taco today from Taco Bell

Today marks the halfway point till the new Moon and Taco Bell is celebrating the only way it knows by giving out free tacos.

May 2

After a 6-month stay at the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX’s first operational crew mission returned early this morning back on Earth.

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