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Why we don't know exactly what happened during a near-collision in space

Why we don't know exactly what happened during a near-collision in space

New York (CNN Business)Space traffic experts tracked two pieces of orbital garbage that appeared to be careening toward each other on Thursday night: a defunct Soviet satellite and a discarded Chinese rocket booster. Ultimately, the two objects narrowly missed each other, according to private space-tracking company LeoLabs.LeoLabs, which uses its own ground-based radars to track spaceborne objects, put the odds of collision at 10% or greater. That's high, but not uncommon, LeoLabs CEO Daniel Ceperley told CNN Business on Thursday.But the US military, which uses data from the world's largest...

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Space is becoming too crowded, Rocket Lab CEO warns

Space is becoming too crowded, Rocket Lab CEO warns

New York (CNN)In 1978, NASA scientist Donald Kessler warned of a potential catastrophic, cascading chain reaction in outer space. Today known as "Kessler Syndrome," the theory posited that space above Earth could one day become so crowded, so polluted with both active satellites and the detritus of space explorations past, that it could render future space endeavors more difficult, if not impossible.Last week, the CEO of Rocket Lab, a launch startup, said the company is already beginning to experience the effect of growing congestion in outer space.Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck said that the...

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Colonizing Mars could be dangerous and ridiculously expensive. Elon Musk wants to do it anyway

Colonizing Mars could be dangerous and ridiculously expensive. Elon Musk wants to do it anyway

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.Austin, TX (CNN Business)Elon Musk has spent nearly two decades rallying SpaceX fans around his goal of colonizing Mars, something world governments aren't currently attempting — in part because of the unfathomable price tag such a mission will entail.Musk, the company's CEO and chief engineer, refers to his interplanetary ambitions more like a sci-fi protagonist with a moral calling than an entrepreneur with a disruptive business plan. "If there's something terrible that happens on Earth, either made...

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US astronauts disembark SpaceX's Crew Dragon and board the International Space Station

US astronauts disembark SpaceX's Crew Dragon and board the International Space Station

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.New York (CNN Business)Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley have successfully disembarked the capsule and entered the International Space Station.SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft docked at the space station at 10:16 a.m. ET Sunday morning after Saturday and traveling 19 hours. After making initial contact with the ISS, Crew Dragon went through a series of steps to further mate the spacecraft with its port — including linking power and creating an air-locked seal — before the first of two hatches...

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Meet the NASA astronauts who will fly on historic SpaceX mission

Meet the NASA astronauts who will fly on historic SpaceX mission

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.New York (CNN Business)NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will : On their next mission, slated to take off May 27, they will be the first crew to fly in SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule.The flight has been years in the making, and it will mark several other firsts: The first time astronauts have flown to the International Space Station from US soil since NASA retired the Space Shuttle Program in 2011; the first-ever crewed mission for SpaceX in its 18-year history; and the first time since...

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NASA to launch astronauts to space station from US soil for the first time in a decade

NASA to launch astronauts to space station from US soil for the first time in a decade

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.New York (CNN Business)Next month, will return to US soil after nearly a decade.NASA announced Friday that will launch astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on a mission to the International Space Station on Wednesday, May 27 at 4:32 p.m. ET. Liftoff will be from Florida's Kennedy Space Center — marking the first time a rocket will carry astronauts into orbit from the United States since NASA's Space Shuttle program retired in 2011. It will also be the first crewed mission for SpaceX since its founding...

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