This week should be interesting for space launches. On Thursday, the Inspiration4 mission will launch on a Falcon 9. The crew of four will orbit the Earth for several days before returning.
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Four astronauts are now in Earth orbit aboard the SpaceX Crew-2 Dragon. They are set to dock at the International Space Station at 5:10 a.m. EDT on Saturday bringing the ISS crew size to 11.
In the upcoming week, we have several rocket launches due. The most interesting will be the maiden flight of Firefly Aerospace's Alpha rocket which is launching from Vandenberg AFB.
There are four planned rocket launches this week, two from SpaceX, one from Rocket Lab, and another from the Chinese National Space Administration. Rocket Lab's mission was delayed from last week.
This week, India, SpaceX, Russia, China and Iran are all planning space launches. All of the launches are carrying satellites but for very different purposes from internet delivery to monitoring.
SpaceX has launched 143 satellites into space today. The launch set a record for the number of satellites being launched into space at once, it was previously held by India's space agency.
Starship SN8 executed an almost perfect high-altitude flight test before plummeting towards the earth at a velocity greater than the intended threshold. SpaceX and Musk extolled the test as a success.
Dragon and the Falcon 9 become the first NASA-certified system in over 40 years for regular manned trips to the ISS. The approval echoes SpaceX's success in the Commercial Crew program.
Dubbed Crew-1, the Crew Dragon's second manned flight to the International Space Station is scheduled for next month on November 15, weather permitting, with four astronauts on board.
Falcon 9 broke the Atlantis space shuttle's turnaround time after it hoisted South Korea's first military satellite to deployment. For the first time, SpaceX retrieved both rocket fairings too.
On Saturday, NASA and SpaceX gave the go-ahead to Demo-2. Here's an in-depth look at Crew Dragon's maiden crewed test flight to the International Space Station from start to finish.
Following the Launch Readiness Review, NASA and SpaceX have given the Crew Dragon launch atop the Falcon 9 rocket a go-ahead. However, the weather will still prove to be an important consideration.
Both rockets were planning on delivering satellites into orbit, the Chinese Long March-5 Y2 rocket experienced an anomaly after launch and the Falcon 9's launch was terminated just before ignition.
Paleontologists have reanalyzed the collagen from fossils and determined that Jurassic Park may never exist; Great Barrier Reef bleaching is worse than ever; and NASA's first neutron star mission.
Dubbed the Falcon Heavy, it is scheduled to take two tourists for a ride around the moon next year, while also heading to Mars in 2020. Once it launches, it will be the largest rocket in use.
This week SpaceX has successfully launched its first recycled rocket into space, a 'unique' variety of potato for agriculture on Mars has been found, and the latest on human brain implants.
SpaceX blasted its first recycled rocket, called the Falcon 9, into space carrying a broadcasting satellite today. The launch commenced at Florida's Kennedy Space Center during a clear evening sky.
After more than 4 months since its last attempt to launch a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX successfully launched the Iridium-1 mission earlier today, which delivered 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit.