About the Author

Seth Kurkowski

Managing Editor at 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 both of which you can listen to here on SpaceExplored.com

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

Follow: Twitter @SethKurk + Instagram @sethkurk.

Kennedy Space Center brings back LC-39A gantry viewing for the first time since the pandemic began – available for Boeing’s OFT-2

You might be familiar with the LC-39A Observation Gantry if you’re an avid launch viewer. For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began back in 2020, the visitor complex is offering tickets to view a rocket launch from there.

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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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What a solar eclipse looks like on Mars through the eyes of NASA’s Perseverance rover

You might have forgotten about Mars‘ two little moons. Smaller and not so circular, they aren’t as crazy as those found around Jupiter or Saturn. However, they are still special because we can see them pass in front of the Sun like our own, and through Perseverance, we can see Mars’ solar eclipses with better resolution than ever before.

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White House commits to no more destructive anti-satellite tests

During remarks at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Vice President Kamala Harris said that the US would take a stance and no longer conduct destructive anti-satellite tests and hopes to lead the globe on the “rules and norms” of space.

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Watch Axiom-1 undock and splashdown after its stay on the International Space Station

The ten-day stay on the space station is up for the Axiom-1 crew, and now they must return home, although they did get a short extension to their visit. Learn below how to watch the coverage of Axiom-1’s undocking and splashdown.

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NASA rolling back its Moon rocket due to faulty equipment after three scrubbed wet dress rehearsals

After a month of sitting out on LC-39B, NASA’s first Space Launch System Moon rocket will be rolled back to the Vehicle Assembly Building after failing to finish its Wet Dress Rehearsal three times. NASA will fix the faulty equipment and roll the rocket back out for another attempt.

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Boeing announces May 19 for second attempt of its Starliner OFT-2 mission

With the huge success of SpaceX’s six crewed launches since 2020, the casual spaceflight observer might have forgotten about Boeing‘s entry into the Commercial Crew Program. They have been quiet for a while, but Boeing has finally announced the launch date for the second try of the Starliner OFT-2 mission.

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NASA’s Perseverance rover spots its own parachute on Mars

NASA’s flagship Mars rover Perseverance has been exploring Jezero Crater for over a year now. As it traveled to its newest destination, Perseverance spotted its own parachute that it used to descend towards Mars’ surface safely.

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First look at Space Perspective’s ‘Space Lounge’ which will take passengers to the edge of space

Space Perspective takes a different approach to space tourism, carrying its customers high into the sky with a giant balloon instead of launching them. Take a look inside the capsule you’ll be spending the several-hour-long trip in.

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What is Axiom-1 doing while on the International Space Station?

A lot of eyes are on Axiom-1 right now. As the first all-private mission to the International Space Station, people are wondering what they are doing up there. Read below about the experiments and outreach events Axiom has planned.

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NASA science chief states he ‘prefers’ flight proven Falcon 9 boosters over brand new ones

If you would go back to 2014 and say NASA would be pro-flying reflown boosters in the future, I think many people would find you crazy. However, after the booster that flew Axiom-1 to space landed for its fifth time, NASA’s Thomas Zurbuchen tweeted his preference for these reused boosters.

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A look at the Houston Astros’ new space themed jerseys

The Houston Astros have never shied away from pimping space-themed attire, even their name points to space. Their newest jersey design pays tribute to NASA’s heritage in the city.

‘For All Mankind’ Season 3 to hit Apple TV+ on June 10

One of the first series to launch on Apple TV+, we will get to see the third season of the space drama “For All Mankind” on June 10.

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How to track Axiom-1 on its way to the International Space Station

Now that the crew of Axiom-1 is off the ground and on their way towards the International Space Station, you might be wondering where they might be right now. Well SpaceX has a handy tool for you to track Axiom-1’s progress. We also have details on when SpaceX and Axiom will return to live coverage.

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How to watch Axiom-1, the first entirely private mission to the International Space Station

SpaceX and NASA are preparing to launch Axiom Space’s first mission to the International Space Station tomorrow, for a 10-day stay in space. Here’s how to watch Axiom-1 launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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‘Return to Space’ provides a raw look behind the scenes at SpaceX and NASA leading up to DM-2 launch

Netflix’s” Return To Space” documentary, available April 7, is a two-hour documentary detailing the journey of Elon Musk’s SpaceX and NASA to put Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in orbit via a commercial rocket and spacecraft. We had a chance to speak with the directors of the film and Hurley about the trip.

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Rocket Lab will attempt to catch its first rocket booster later this month, here’s how

Announced on April 2, Rocket Lab‘s next launch of its Electron rocket will feature the first stage mid-air recovery of the rocket’s first stage. Here is how Rocket Lab will attempt to catch and reuse its smallsat rockets.

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SpaceX, Tesla, and more find a place on Reddit’s r/Place just in time before the collaboration ends

Reddit reopened its collaborative art project last Friday, which gives any site user the ability to add a tile to a massive canvas every five minutes. The event ends today, and just in time, two of Elon Musk’s most famous companies found a place in it.

Russia states it will end cooperation on the ISS ‘in the near future’ unless sanctions are lifted

In statements made on Twitter and Telegram, Roscosmos Director-General Dimitry Rogozin responds to NASA, CSA, and ESA not promising they will lift sanctions on Russia due to its invasion of Ukraine. The statement makes an ultimatum, lift the sanctions, or Russia will pull its cooperation in the near future.

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Blue Origin launches its fourth crewed New Shepard and first for 2022

Early Thursday morning, Blue Origin fueled up and launched its New Shepard rocket at its West Texas launch site. Onboard were six passengers, including the chief architect of the rocket.

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NASA’s Mark Vande Hei returns to Earth with Russian colleagues after a record setting stay in space

Early this morning up in orbit, three crew members departed the Russian side of the International Space Station. In that spacecraft was NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, the new record holder for the longest time spent in space by a US astronaut.

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SpaceX to halt production of Crew Dragon spacecrafts

Per a quote given to Reuters by SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX will stop producing Crew Dragon spacecrafts and releasing resources that could be used for Starship development.

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Omega and Swatch team up with a full solar system of watches, including Pluto

If you are looking for a cross between style and the ability to show off your love of space the new Speedmaster MoonSwatches by Omega and Swatch might be the right one for you.

SpaceX’s Crew-4 names their Dragon ‘Freedom,’ returning the historic name to flight

The commander of SpaceX’s next crewed flight to the International Space Station shared on Twitter the name of the SpaceX Dragon his crew will fly in this spring. Named “Freedom,” it obviously points towards Russia’s attack on Ukraine and calls back to NASA’s first-ever crewed spacecraft.

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Firefly aiming to launch its second Alpha rocket as soon as May from California

Firefly will attempt to launch its second Alpha rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base as soon as May. This comes after securing funding after one of its investors was forced to sell his stake.

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In spite of worldwide tensions, Russia launches new crew to the ISS arriving in perfectly timed flight suit colors

Last week, Russia launched the newest three crew members to the ISS on top of its Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. While it probably wasn’t planned to be this way, the flight suit colors of yellow and blue were perfectly timed.

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How to track NASA’s first rollout of its Space Launch System rocket

Over the next 24 hours, NASA teams will begin to move the agency’s fully stacked Space Launch System rocket to LC-39B for the very first time. After decades of redesigns and delays, the rocket has finally been assembled and will be at its launch site in a final testing stage before its inaugural launch. Follow below with our rollout tracker of SLS’s progress across NASA’s Crawlerway as it makes the slow journey.

Update: Reached LC-39B

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ESA suspends ExoMars 2022 rover launch amid Russian invasion of Ukraine

The joint ESA and Russian Martian mission was expected to launch this year, but due to sanctions brought on by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, ESA has decided to suspend its cooperation.

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Astra launches its own apparel store, benefiting humanitarian efforts in Ukraine

In correlation with its eighth launch, Astra released its long-awaited apparel store. For the first two weeks of being open, Astra will donate all profits to charities supporting humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.

Astra returns to space with second successful launch to orbit

Astra launched its LV0009 Rocket 3 from Kodiak, Alaska, with three payloads from launch services company Spaceflight Inc. While there seemed to be some hiccup during deployment, Astra announced that all payloads are communicating with its customers.

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No, Russia will not leave an American astronaut on the space station, but things might get awkward

Rumors circulated Monday after Dmitry Rogozin, Roscosmos’ Directer-General, posted on his Telegram channel that the Russians would not bring NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei back down from the space station. However, cooperation continues between the two agencies behind the scenes to ensure the partnership does not cease.

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Spaceport Camden gets the boot from voters

Spaceport Camden took a significant setback in a referendum as Camden County voters overwhelmingly voted against a deal to purchase land for the project. So now the Board of Commission will have to find a new way to get the spaceport built.

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SpaceX Launch Director pokes fun at Rogozin’s ‘broomstick’ taunt before launching the company’s 143rd mission

This may seem repetitive, but SpaceX launched its newest batch of Starlink satellites from Florida in the early mornings of March 9. During the count down, SpaceX poked fun at being called a “broomstick” by Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin.

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Two separate failures doomed Astra’s ELaNa 41 launch from the start; Rocket 3 to launch again this month

In a press release on March 7, Astra released preliminary information about what happened during its ELaNa 41 mission last month. In it, Astra’s LV0008 Rocket 3 suffered from one anomaly, but two.

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Apple is using powerful NASA software to show Mac Studio performance

On March 8, Apple announced its newest Mac family member, the Mac Studio. Using the company’s latest System on a Chip called the M1 Ultra, Apple used NASA‘s TetrUSS software to see just how powerful it is.

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Falcon 9 inspired ‘American Broomstick’ is the new ‘space trampoline,’ purchases benefit Ukrainian relief funds

A new era of space travel is among us. No, it’s not a shiny rocket down on the border of Mexico or a 3D printed engine; it’s what Russia likes to call the “American Broomstick.” And you can get your own!

OneWeb pulls out of Baikonur after Russia’s space director held its satellites hostage

Over the past few days, the director of Russia’s space agency, Dimitry Rogozin, took to Twitter to make demands before launching OneWeb‘s next group of satellites. Then on March 3, the company decided to pull out entirely of its Baikonur-based Soyuz launches.

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s Privateer comes out of stealth mode with satellite tracker ‘Wayfinder’

On March 1, Steve Wozniak’s Privateer officially came out of stealth mode, releasing its first space tracking app named “Wayfinder,” allowing you to visualize and track orbiting satellites and space debris.

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Rocket Lab officially selects Virginia for the home of its Neutron rocket; construction to begin promptly

Rocket Lab announced on February 28 that it will build, launch, and land its Neutron rocket in Virginia near NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and the company’s US-based launch complex.

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Ukraine Minister pleads for Starlink equipment from Elon Musk to help in fight against Russia [U]

Over the past few days, Ukraine has been under attack by Russian forces, who are now battling to control the nation’s capital. As a result, top government officials have been begging for help from other countries as they fight for their freedom, the most recent is a need for Starlink internet service.

Update: The terminals have arrived in Ukraine.

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Will Russia’s invasion of Ukraine affect its cooperation with NASA on the ISS?

On Wednesday night, Russian forces began their attack on Ukraine, starting what many viewed as an inevitable invasion of the once soviet country. Once again, we find Russia and the United States on the brink of conflict, but their cooperation in space shows hope.

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SpaceX calls on FCC to lower standard for satellite orbit life

In an update post on the company’s website, SpaceX called on the FCC and other international parties to change its standard on how long a satellite should stay in Low Earth Orbit.

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Rocket Lab’s new launch pad is complete and ready to launch next week

Rocket Lab has been working on adding multiple launch locations for its Electron rocket for the past few years. Finally, the company’s second pad in New Zealand is ready, and Rocket Lab is showing it off with dual rockets.

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Youngest American to orbit’s journey from beating cancer to riding to space on Inspiration4 detailed in new book

Announced on February 22, Hayley Arceneaux is releasing a book on her story, from battling cancer at St. Jude to representing hope as a crew member of Jared Issacman’s Inspiration4 mission to space.

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Satellite-servicing robots built by Northrop Grumman’s SpaceLogistics to begin mission in 2024

Northrop Grumman announced on February 21 that its subsidiary, SpaceLogistics, received the company’s first purchase of the Mission Extension Pod by Australian satellite operator Optus.

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Elon Musk might give a Starship away to Brownsville South Padre Island Airport

If you haven’t been to SpaceX’s Starbase facility near Brownsville, Texas, it is truly a mesmerizing place. Very few places have rockets this size on display, and it looks like SpaceX will share this love with the community.

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Five biggest takeaways from SpaceX’s 2022 Starship update

On February 10, SpaceX‘s Chief Engineer Elon Musk gave us an update on the company’s Starship launch vehicle. While it was light on brand new details, we still got some news. Below are our key takeaways from the event.

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How to watch SpaceX’s Starship update by Elon Musk

Tonight Elon Musk will update us on the current progress of SpaceX’s Starship development. The last time this happened was in 2019, just after the first Starhopper flight.

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