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May 24, 2022

50 years ago, the U.S. and U.S.S.R. joined forces to ensure astronauts could survive in space

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Could this happen today?


This document laid the foundation for modern space exploration and research. It is also a testament to a fading world order where nations worked together in space toward shared scientific goals despite their political differences.

Signed by President Richard Nixon and Premier Alexie Kosygin in the U.S.S.R on May 24, 1972, the agreement led to the first international crewed space mission, 1975’s Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.

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May 24, 2022

SpaceX States It Will to Get to Mars Before NASA While the Latter Lists its Objectives to Get There

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NASA lists objectives to get to Mars by 2040 while SpaceX states it will beat that date by a decade.


NASA releases a draft of objectives needed to achieve a human presence on the Moon and Mars by 2040. SpaceX says it will get there by 2030.

May 23, 2022

The DoD plans to launch two nuke-propelled spacecraft by 2027

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Two commercial enterprises have been awarded contracts by the DoD to develop the next generation of nuclear propulsion in space.

May 23, 2022

SpaceX looks to raise $1.7 billion in new funding, boosting its valuation to $127 billion

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May 22, 2022

10 years ago, one SpaceX launch showed NASA they could work with Elon Musk

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“This mission heralds the dawn of a new era of space exploration.”


Ten years ago on May 22, 2012, Elon Musk’s SpaceX made history. The company became the fourth entity, after the United States, Russia, and China, to launch a spacecraft into orbit and, on May 31 of that year, return it back to Earth. The achievement fundamentally altered the course of the next decade of space exploration.

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May 20, 2022

Elon Musk calls report that he exposed himself to a flight attendant ‘politically motivated’

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The article said that Musk had sexually harassed the woman in 2016 while getting a massage on a private jet while traveling for his aerospace company, SpaceX.

May 19, 2022

Scientists grow plants in lunar soil for the first time

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For the first time ever, scientists have grown plants in soil samples collected from the Moon fifty years ago, a feat that could have implications not only for prolonged space exploration, but for plants trying to thrive in harsh conditions on our planet.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum.

May 19, 2022

NASA Reveals Early Plans to Send Two Astronauts to Surface of Mars

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During a high-level talk on NASA’s objectives for human space exploration, we got an early glimpse of what a 30 day crewed mission to the surface of Mars could eventually look like.

It’s an exciting prospect that, while many years if not decades away, shows the agency’s commitment to fulfilling humanity’s dreams of setting foot on the Red Planet for the first time in history.

NASA director of space architectures Kurt “Spuds” Vogel outlined what such a mission could entail. The agency is envisioning a habitat spacecraft to make the months long journey there, which uses a hybrid rocket stage that combines chemical and electric propulsion.

May 18, 2022

Boeing Starliner OFT-2 launch date, specs, and timeline for the ISS flight

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Nearly three years ago, OFT-1 aimed to accomplish the same goals as OFT-2. Although the Atlas V rocket inserted the Starliner capsule into a perfect trajectory, the capsule’s navigational systems believed “it was in an orbital insertion burn.” Despite this failure, mission control was able to safely return Starliner to Earth. Over the coming months, inspectors found that the capsule had encountered two critical software issues.

Comprehensively inspecting and fixing the navigation system for a complex spacecraft is no easy task, which is one of the reasons why a second orbital test has been so delayed. Unrelated issues forced Boeing to scrub the intended second launch in August 2021. Now that Starliner is back and presumably better than ever, this launch will test the complex imaging system required to dock to the ISS, along with the rest of the Starliner spacecraft.

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May 18, 2022

China, US Are Racing to Make Billions From Mining the Moon’s Minerals

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Space today is a three-horse race with the US, China, and SpaceX in the lead. Russia’s Roscosmos is falling back while ESA, Japan’s JAXA, and India’s ISRO are trying to make a run.


“There’s going to be a new world order out there, and we’ve got to lead it,” US President Joe Biden said after Russia’s war in Ukraine upended global geopolitics. Far from Earth, that transition is already happening.

Just like in the era of Sputnik and Apollo more than half a century ago, world leaders are again racing to achieve dominance in outer space. But there’s one big difference: Whereas the US and the Soviet Union hashed out a common set of rules at the United Nations, this time around the world’s top superpowers can’t even agree on basic principles to govern the next generation of space activity.

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