Space station astronauts resume normal operations after Russian anti-satellite missile test
Astronauts at the International Space Station have returned to normal operations after a couple of adrenalin-filled days following a Russian anti-satellite missile test that threw an out-of-control cloud of space debris into the station's orbit. Hatches leading to modules farther away from the space station's core were opened Wednesday (Nov. 17) at about 1:20 a.m (EST), NASA said in a statement, giving astronauts once again a little bit more life space. During the shutdown, which started early Monday (Nov. 15), the Japanese Kibo module, the European Columbus module, the Bigelow inflatable habitat as well as NASA's Permanent Multipurpose Module and the Quest airlock were all sealed off. NASA said that during the first three days after the destructive incident, the space station didn't have to perform any space junk-dodging maneuvers. The highest risk of collision has now passed, the agency added. Related: Space debris from Russian anti-satellite missile test spotted in telescope images and videospace.com
In photos: SpaceX's Crew-3 astronaut launch for NASA
On Nov. 10, 2021, SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station on the Crew-3 mission for NASA. Liftoff occurred at 9:03 p.m. EST from NASA's Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.The Crew-3 mission marked SpaceX's fifth crewed spaceflight and the fourth astronaut mission for NASA. Crew-3 launched NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer. It is the first spaceflight for Chari, Barron and Maurer, though Marshburn has flown before.Check out SpaceX's stunning nighttime launch of the Crew-3 mission here, as well as photos from the flight, by clicking the arrows above. In this image: The four astronauts of SpaceX's Crew-3 mission for NASA strike a pose in their launch suits ahead of launch. They are: (from left) ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer, mission specialist; NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn, pilot; Raja Chari, commander; and Kayla Barron, mission specialist.space.com
SpaceX launches test rocket, breaks apart before landing
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX chalked up another failed landing Tuesday for its futuristic, bullet-shaped Starship, as the prototype Mars rocket broke apart right before touchdown. A camera on the rocket froze not quite six minutes into the test flight, and dense fog in South Texas obscured views of the ruptured rocket. Ad“Another exciting test, as we say,” SpaceX launch commentator John Insprucker said as he concluded the webcast. SpaceX plans to use Starship to send astronauts and cargo to the moon and, ultimately, Mars. Ad___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education.
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In this photo provided by SpaceX, Jared Isaacman, from left to right, Hayley Arceneaux, Sian Proctor and Chris Sembroski pose for a photo, Monday, March 29, 2021, from the SpaceX launch tower at NASAs Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (SpaceX via AP)(SpaceX)
Two space fans get seats on billionaire's private flight
Isaacman also revealed some details about his Inspiration4 mission, as the four gathered Tuesday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Their SpaceX Dragon capsule — currently parked at the International Space Station for NASA — will launch no earlier than mid-September, aiming for an altitude of 335 miles (540 kilometers). That’s 75 miles (120 kilometers) higher than the International Space Station and on a level with the Hubble Space Telescope. AdThe capsule will be outfitted with a domed window in place of the usual space station docking mechanism for their trip. The St. Jude physician assistant was treated there as a child for bone cancer.
Rocket debris lights up skies over the Pacific Northwest
In this image taken from video provided by Roman Puzhlyakov, debris from a SpaceX rocket lights up the sky behind clouds over Vancouver, Wash. Thursday evening, March 25, 2021. The remnants of the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket left comet-like trails as they burned up upon re-entry in the Earth's atmosphere according to a tweet from the National Weather Service. SEATTLE – Burning debris from a rocket lit up Pacific Northwest skies Thursday night, the National Weather Service in Seattle said. The rocket delivered Starlink satellites, built in Redmond, Washington, into orbit earlier this week, the Times reported. SpaceX said Wednesday that the Falcon 9’s first stage returned to Earth and landed as planned on its ocean-going barge off the coast of Florida.
Agency finds that Elon Musk tweet violated federal labor law
Musk has tweeted his way into trouble with another federal agency, this time the National Labor Relations Board. Board members ordered Tesla to make Musk delete the tweet and stop threatening employees with loss of benefits for supporting a labor organization. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)DETROIT – Tesla CEO Elon Musk has tweeted his way into trouble with another federal agency, this time the National Labor Relations Board. Board members ordered Tesla to make Musk delete the tweet and stop threatening employees with loss of benefits for supporting a labor organization. Other than the back pay, Tesla faces no financial penalties, the UAW said.
SpaceX Starship lands upright, then explodes in latest test
In this image from video made available by SpaceX, one of the company's Starship prototypes fires its thrusters as it lands during a test in Boca Chica, Texas, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Two previous test flights crash-landed in fireballs. The shiny bullet-shaped rocketship remained intact this time at touchdown, prompting SpaceX commentator John Insprucker to declare, “third time’s a charm as the saying goes” before SpaceX ended its webcast of the test. One day, the true measure of success will be that Starship flights are commonplace.”Musk plans to use Starships to send people to the moon and Mars. Each of these last three test flights lasted 6 1/2 minutes.
Space station launch honors 'Hidden Figures' mathematician
The rocket is delivering cargo to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A space station supply ship named after the Black NASA mathematician featured in the movie “Hidden Figures” rocketed into orbit Saturday, the 59th anniversary of John Glenn's historic launch. Northrop Grumman's Cygnus capsule — dubbed the S.S. Katherine Johnson — should reach the International Space Station on Monday following its launch from Virginia's eastern shore. He noted that the space station flew over Virginia just 10 minutes ahead of Saturday's launch. The capsule also holds 120,000 tiny roundworms for a muscle experiment, as well as off-the-shelf computer equipment to increase data processing speed at the space station.
‘Unfavorable weather’ postpones SpaceX launch of Starlink satellites
A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. The payload is the 17th batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network. (AP Photo/John Raoux)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX was ready to roll Sunday night to carry more Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit, but at the last minute, the plans were scrapped due to weather conditions. At least two were planned for this week of launches of 60 Starlink satellites at a time. SpaceX received approval Friday from the 45th Space Wing, which oversees the eastern range, for a Falcon 9 lift off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Base Sunday night carrying more Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit.
Tesla buys $1.5B in Bitcoin, will accept as payment soon
Tesla says it has invested more than $1 billion in Bitcoin and will accept the digital currency as payment for its electric vehicles. Electric automaker Tesla said Monday that it has invested around $1.5 billion in Bitcoin and it plans to begin accepting the digital currency as payment for its high-end vehicles soon. The price of Bitcoin soared 15.4% to around $44,500 Monday in reaction to Tesla's announcement, according to CoinBase. Bitcoin has drawn enthusiasts for its scarcity and security, but the volatile digital currency still is not widely used to pay for goods and services. It's mostly been a store of value, like gold, with some limited merchants like Overstock accepting bitcoin for payment.
US billionaire buys SpaceX flight to orbit with 3 others
A female health care worker for St. Jude already has been selected for the mission. Anyone donating to St. Jude in February will be entered into a random drawing for seat No. SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk expects the flight to last two to four days. Isaacman’s $100 million commitment to St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee, is the largest ever by a single individual and one of the largest overall. While Isaacman and wife, Monica, managed to keep his space trip hush-hush over the months, their daughters couldn’t.
Cable trouble dogs spacewalkers in European lab upgrades
In this image taken from NASA video, NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins works outside the International Space Stations European lab on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Hopkins and Victor Glover went spacewalking Wednesday to install a high-speed data link outside the International Space Stations European lab and connect cables for an experiment platform awaiting activation for almost a year. (NASA via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Spacewalking astronauts encountered cable trouble Wednesday while attempting to make improvements to the International Space Station’s European lab. Elsewhere on the lab, Glover could not hook up all the power and data cables on a science research platform that's been awaiting activation for almost a year. Hopkins and Glover will perform a second spacewalk on Monday to complete battery upgrades to the station’s solar power grid.
NASA astronauts depart ISS for first spacewalk of 2021
In this image taken from NASA video, NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins works outside the International Space Stations European lab on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (NASA via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Spacewalking astronauts installed a high-speed data link outside the International Space Station’s European lab on Wednesday and tackled other improvements. The shelf was installed with the station’s robot arm, but had to wait until Wednesday’s spacewalk to get hooked up and activated. Hopkins and Glover will perform a second spacewalk on Monday to complete battery upgrades to the station’s solar power grid. Their docked Dragon capsule was visible on NASA TV during the spacewalk.
Elon Musk: Dig tunnels as solution for Miami’s traffic jams
FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, file photo, SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer media award, in Berlin. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP, File)MIAMI – As a solution to Miami’s notoriously congested traffic, Tesla Inc. founder Elon Musk is proposing to dig tunnels with The Boring Company to help. Experts say the idea would be costly and is fraught with engineering obstacles, but it’s not outright crazy. Musk is the founder of SpaceX and Neuralink. Republican Miami Mayor Francis Suarez described the idea as a “no brainer.” Suarez tweeted that Miami would love to be the “prototype city.”.
Cheers! French wine, vines headed home after year in space
This photo provided by NASA shows SpaceX's Dragon undocking from International Space Station on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule undocked with 12 bottles of Bordeaux wine and hundreds of snippets of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Space Cargo Unlimited, a Luxembourg startup behind the experiments, wanted the wine to age for an entire year up there. Through a series of space experiments, Space Cargo Unlimited hopes to take what’s learned by stressing the plants in weightlessness and turn that into more robust and resilient plants on Earth. SpaceX is the only shipper capable of returning space station experiments and other items intact.
WATCH: SpaceX completes 1st 2021 launch out of Cape Canaveral
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Elon Musk’s SpaceX completed the first mission of 2021 on Thursday evening out of the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The Falcon 9 lifted off about 9:15 p.m. carrying Turksat 5A, a new communication satellite that will expand communications in Turkey and other parts of the world. The Falcon 9′s booster landed on a drone ship. Transporter 1 is SpaceX’s next mission next week will deliver dozens of small satellites to orbit. FULL MISSION
Musk: Apple CEO didn't take meeting about buying Tesla
FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, file photo, SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer media award, in Berlin. In a tweet Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, Musk said he once considered selling the electric car maker to Apple, but the iPhone makers CEO Tim Cook blew off the meeting. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP, File)Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he once considered selling the electric car maker to Apple, but the iPhone maker’s CEO blew off the meeting. In a tweet Tuesday, Musk said he reached out to Apple CEO Tim Cook “to discuss the possibility of Apple acquiring Tesla (for one-tenth of our current value). Musk said he sought out the meeting with Cook “during the darkest days of the Model 3 program,” a reference to Tesla’s first electric car designed for the mass market.