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NASA and SpaceX say they are ‘go’ to proceed with historic crewed flight on May 27th

NASA and SpaceX say they are ‘go’ to proceed with historic crewed flight on May 27th

Filed under:Though there’s still more work to be doneAfter two days of intense reviews, NASA is giving its commercial partner SpaceX the thumbs-up to launch its first astronauts to space next week. There’s still more work to be done by both the agency and SpaceX, including another review on Monday, but officials decided there were no major issues standing in the way of the launch.“It was a good review, great discussion,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a press conference. “I think everybody in the room was very clear that now’s the time to speak up if there are any...

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Try to dock with the International Space Station with this SpaceX Crew Dragon simulator

Try to dock with the International Space Station with this SpaceX Crew Dragon simulator

Filed under:Good luck and don’t damage your spaceshipLater this month, SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon spacecraft will take its first human passengers to the International Space Station — and now you can get a firsthand view of what they’ll be seeing when they approach the orbiting lab. Today, SpaceX simulator that allows users to try their hand at manually docking with the ISS using the Crew Dragon’s controls. Spoiler alert: it’s actually pretty hard!The simulator begins with your Crew Dragon vehicle radically askew in space. Ahead, a virtual recreation of the International Space Station awaits,...

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An out-of-control Chinese rocket may have dumped debris in Africa after falling from space

An out-of-control Chinese rocket may have dumped debris in Africa after falling from space

Filed under:The Long March 5B had an eventful homecomingOn Monday, a massive, out-of-control Chinese rocket fell out of the sky off the west coast of Africa, becoming one of the largest human-made objects ever to make an uncontrolled descent to Earth from space. At first, the rocket seemed to harmlessly slam into the Atlantic Ocean. But now it seems that some pieces of debris may have hit solid ground, according to from Côte d’Ivoire describing metallic objects that apparently fell from the sky.The rocket that just made a chaotic return to Earth was the core of China’s powerful Long March...

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May 13
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How the space industry is weathering the coronavirus pandemic

How the space industry is weathering the coronavirus pandemic

Filed under:‘The government money is not drying up’The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a sledgehammer to the economy — and the space industry is no exception. While some major space companies are still in operation, considered essential by the US government, smaller startups are grappling with how to move forward as once-reliable funding sources evaporate.Before the pandemic, the global space industry was really coming into its stride, valued at around $360 billion, . In the US, an eclectic mix of major players and smaller startups comprise this sector, pursuing established markets like...

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How a team of NASA engineers developed a ventilator for COVID-19 patients in just a month

How a team of NASA engineers developed a ventilator for COVID-19 patients in just a month

Working as an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, David Van Buren usually spends his time designing and building instruments for space telescopes or robots that will explore other worlds in our Solar System. But for the last month, Van Buren and a group of his colleagues at JPL have been working on a project that is truly unexplored terrain for them: making a ventilator to help patients sick with COVID-19.While Van Buren had some previous experience in medical engineering, he’d never designed a ventilator before. But he and his co-workers at JPL are used to making things they...

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NASA administrator urges people not to travel to Florida to watch historic SpaceX launch

NASA administrator urges people not to travel to Florida to watch historic SpaceX launch

Filed under:NASA wants everyone to enjoy the mission virtuallyAt the end of May, NASA astronauts are slated to launch to space from the United States once again, after nearly a decade of launching on Russian rockets from Kazakhstan — but NASA does not want members of the public to travel to see the mission in person. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine is urging people to stay home and watch the historic mission online because of safety concerns associated with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.“We are asking people to join us in this launch, but to do so from home,” NASA administrator Jim...

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Apr 23
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How engineers are operating deep-space probes, Martian rovers, and satellites from their homes

How engineers are operating deep-space probes, Martian rovers, and satellites from their homes

Last Tuesday, a team of engineers sat huddled around their computer screens, monitoring a spacecraft as it maneuvered around a rocky asteroid more than 140 million miles from Earth. They were conducting an important interplanetary dress rehearsal, running the spacecraft through many of the operations it will do in August when it attempts to snag a tiny sample of rocks from the asteroid’s surface. This dress rehearsal has been in the works for years, and the team had expected to be gathered together for it in a mission center in Colorado.Instead, most of them kept tabs on the event from...

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Apr 20
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NASA’s future monster rocket is once again over budget and behind schedule

NASA’s future monster rocket is once again over budget and behind schedule

Filed under:Another bad SLS reportNASA is still having trouble managing the development of its next big rocket, the Space Launch System, a new audit has found. in a string of damning reports from NASA’s inspector general, which has been warning about scheduling and budget problems with the rocket for years.The Space Launch System, or SLS, is the epicenter of NASA’s Artemis program, the agency’s plan to return humans to the Moon by 2024 and put the first woman on the lunar surface. Once complete, the SLS is set to be the most powerful rocket in the world, capable of lofting more than 200,000...

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Mar 10
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