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US government to space tourists: You’re not astronauts

Shed a tear for passengers on Jeff Bezos‘ joyrides to space: their trips may not make them official astronauts.The tragic ruling comes courtesy of the Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates all aspects of civil aviation in the US.In a new order, the transportation agency listed two ways to qualify for FAA Commercial Space Astronaut Wings: You have the appropriate flight crew qualifications and training, have flown beyond 50 miles above Earth on […]

todayJuly 22, 2021 1


Chinese Astronauts Score Firsts on New Space Station

Just a couple of weeks after arriving at China’s new space station, two astronauts have performed the first spacewalk at the orbiting outpost. Sunday’s extravehicular activity (EVA), as spacewalks are officially known, was also the first to be performed as a pair by Chinese astronauts, as its only other spacewalk in 2008 involved a single crew member. A video clip of the EVA shows astronaut Liu Boming working on the […]

todayJuly 6, 2021 1


SpaceX’s First Space Tourism Astronauts Show Off Their Suits

The crew of the world’s first-ever all-civilian rocket ride to orbit is already training for September’s launch aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. Shift4 Payments CEO Jared Isaacman, commander of the upcoming Inspiration4 mission, this week tweeted the first photos showing the four crew members in their spacesuits. “Another week of training wrapped up at SpaceX for the Inspiration4 crew,” Isaacman wrote in a message accompanying the photos. Another week […]

todayJune 22, 2021 1


How to Watch Crew-1 Astronauts’ News Conference on Thursday

NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, made history over the weekend when they completed the first operational mission in SpaceX’s reusable Crew Dragon spacecraft after a nearly six-month stay on the International Space Station (ISS). This week the crew will talk about their various experiences during the mission, including the ride there and back, and everything in […]

todayMay 6, 2021 5


SpaceX Crew Dragon Docks With the ISS to Drop Off Astronauts

The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, launched yesterday on its second operational mission, has arrived safely at the International Space Station (ISS). The capsule carries four astronauts from various space agencies who will join the ISS crew to work on scientific research projects on the station. The Crew Dragon was launched from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 5:49 a.m. ET on Friday, April 23. It […]

todayApril 24, 2021 3


SpaceX successfully launches astronauts with a re-used Dragon spacecraft for the first time – 98bmp

SpaceX has another successful human space launch to its credit, after a good takeoff and orbital delivery of its Crew Dragon spacecraft on Friday morning. The Dragon took off aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 5:49 AM EDT (2:49 AM EDT). On board were four astronauts, including NASA’s Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, as well as JAXA’s Akihiko Hoshide and the ESA’s Thomas Pesquet. This […]

todayApril 23, 2021 3


Watch SpaceX launch its second crew of Space Station astronauts on a flight-proven Falcon 9 live – 98bmp

SpaceX is set to launch its second operational commercial crew mission to the International Space Station for NASA, with a liftoff time of 5:49 AM EDT (2:49 AM PDT) on Friday morning. The flight will carry four astronauts, including two from NASA, one from JAXA (the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) and one from the ESA (European Space Agency), to the station, where they will begin a regular tour of duty […]

todayApril 23, 2021 7


SpaceX to Launch Four Astronauts on Journey to ISS This Week

This week, NASA and SpaceX will once again be working together to launch four astronauts on a journey to the International Space Station. NASA will be livestreaming the event, so you can follow along with all the action from home, and we’ve got the details on how to watch. What to expect from the launch The crew for the second long-duration SpaceX Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station, […]

todayApril 23, 2021 5


Meet SpaceX’s Crew-2 Astronauts Before They Blast Off to Space

NASA and SpaceX will send four astronauts to the International Space Station on Thursday, April 22. The Crew-2 astronauts will travel to the orbiting laboratory inside a Crew Dragon spacecraft, which will be lifted into orbit atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The crew comprises NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, plus JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet. The […]

todayApril 21, 2021 2