Watch live: 4 civilians blast off from Kennedy Space Center in historic flight
A new era in commercial space travel launched from Kennedy Space Center today as the Axiom Space mission to send the first-ever all-civilian crew for a stay on the International Space Station looks lifted off from Launch Pad 39-A at 11:17 a.m. on board a SpaceX Crew Dragon.sun-sentinel.com
After the fire: Rebuilding Notre Dame
It's at the heart of Paris, in every sense of the word, and so when Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed by fire in April 2019, it became the nation's mission to restore the medieval church to its full glory. Correspondent Seth Doane was given rare access to the cathedral's interior as it undergoes repairs, and talks with the former military general in charge of completing the effort by 2024.news.yahoo.com
Rockets aren’t enough. Jeff Bezos and the growing commercial space industry now want to build space stations.
The growing commercial space industry, which for years has worked to reliably launch cargo and more recently humans to space, is now looking to build space stations that would populate low Earth orbit and eventually replace the aging International Space Station.washingtonpost.com
Russian film crew bids farewell to ISS, returns to Earth after filming first movie in space
A Russian film crew bid farewell to the International Space Station crew before returning to Earth after spending 12 days on the International Space Station (ISS) shooting scenes for the first movie in orbit. The Russian crew is set to beat a Hollywood project that was announced last year by "Mission Impossible" star Tom Cruise together with NASA and Elon Musk's SpaceX. The crew travelled in a Soyuz MS-19 spaceship to film scenes for "The Challenge".news.yahoo.com
Russian space officials cite a software error for thruster mayhem at space station that postponed Boeing’s Starliner launch
An unusual occurrence at the International Space Station sparked by the newly-docked Russian Nauka aircraft caused Boeing and NASA to reschedule Starliner's relaunch.washingtonpost.com
SpaceX announces 1st all-civilian crew, set to launch from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center this year
Isaacman has not said how much he’s paying for the flight, but just last week the Washington Post reported that three men had each paid $55 million for a spot in the Dragon spacecraft for an eight-day stay at the ISS. That trip is being coordinated by Houston-headquartered Axiom Space and will take off from Kennedy Space Center next January.sun-sentinel.com
Russian-US crew welcomed aboard the space station
In this image made from video footage released by Roscosmos Space Agency, the Soyuz-2.1a rocket booster with the Soyuz MS-17 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS), blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Roscosmos Space Agency via AP)MOSCOW – A trio of space travelers blasted off to the International Space Station on Wednesday, using for the first time a fast-track maneuver that allowed them to reach the orbiting outpost in just a little over three hours. NASA’s Kate Rubins along with Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos lifted off as scheduled Wednesday morning from the Russia-leased Baikonur space launch facility in Kazakhstan for a six-month stint on the station. For the first time, they tried a two-orbit approach and docked with the space station in just a little over three hours after lift-off. Ryzhikov, who will be the station’s skipper, said the crew will try to pinpoint the exact location of a leak at a station’s Russian section that has slowly leaked oxygen.
Are you Space Curious? Submit your intergalactic questions here
What do you want to know about spaceflight and planetary exploration in the era of a new space industry? Space exploration is fueled by the need to answer questions about the great unknown. There’s no need to have a background in physics or a degree in engineering; this is open for the space curious to the space obsessed. Space reporter Emilee Speck will answer your intergalactic questions with help from astronauts, scientists and engineers. Your questions could be featured on Space Curious, a podcast from Graham Media Group and ClickOrlando.com.
These basic functions prove challenging on International Space Station -- here’s how astronauts cope
Here are answers to five questions about what “basic” life is like for astronauts on the ISS. As if they are going to a restaurant, astronauts can choose which food items they want off of a menu. On the ISS, astronauts use liquid soap, water and no rinse shampoo. Given the microgravity means, there is no up or down, and astronauts can sleep in any orientation, according to NASA. The station has small crew cabins with sleeping bags that astronauts sleep in.
The Fairchild Challenge designs, builds Food Growth Chamber
Approximately 135 middle and high schools enrolled in the Fairchild Challenge in Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties will receive the new Growth Chamber at no cost to assist in their research, said Amy Padolf, director of education at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. The 2019-20 Challenge for Growing Beyond Earth (GBE) students includes testing a plant species biomass production and health. The growth chamber measures 13 by 16 inches and includes a fan (essential to ensure air movement) and manually controlled four LED light settings (red, green, blue and white). Fairchild Challenge high school students now have the technology in hand to efficiently expose the test plants to a specific, measurable light spectrum to manipulate plant growth, said Marion Litzinger, a Fairchild Education Research Program manager who coordinated the design and construction of the growth chamber. Using equipment that mimics the environmental conditions aboard the International Space Station, students are testing factors that may influence plant growth, flavor, and nutrition.communitynewspapers.com
Fairchild launches contest to reinvent food production for future space travel
As NASA looks toward a long-term human presence beyond Earth orbit, they face specific science, technology, engineering, and mathematics challenges related to food production in space. To apply for the Maker Contest, visit Instructables. Judges for this contest will include NASA engineers and botanists, and winning proposals will be considered for implementation on future NASA missions. Fairchilds Growing Beyond Earth Innovation Studio in Miami will be the worlds first makerspace in a botanic garden. The Growing Beyond Earth Innovation Studio is being developed in collaboration with Moonlighter Miami, a makerspace with broad local outreach programs.communitynewspapers.com
Russian spacecraft can’t dock to the ISS
Russia has not been able to control a cargo ship that they lost communication with shortly after its launch into space, with onboard video showing the spacecraft spinning out of control. CBS News space consultant Bill Harwood joins CBSN with the latest details.cbsnews.com