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Sep 30, 2020

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and leadership from NASA and SpaceX discuss the upcoming SpaceX Crew-1 mission

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and leadership from NASA and SpaceX discuss the upcoming SpaceX Crew-1 mission, which will be the first crew rotational flight of a U.S. commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station. Astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker of NASA and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are targeted to launch on Oct. 31 at 2:40 a.m. EDT aboard the Crew Dragon from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Sep 29, 2020

Blue Origin to fill wetlands for rocket test site

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ space venture plans to fill in more than 10 acres of wetlands for a rocket manufacturing testing facility south of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and west of Space Commerce Way.

Blue Origin Florida LLC has applied for a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to place fill in 10.32 acres of wetlands, with “secondary impacts” to 7.45 acres of wetlands to build the facility, according to the permit public notice.

The public has until Oct. 13 to comment on the permit application.

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Sep 29, 2020

Microsoft Flight Simulator Glitch Creates Interstellar-Style Black Hole

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A void is consuming Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Sep 28, 2020

SpaceX Boca Chica — SN9 Forward Section Stacked — SN8 Waits for Lift

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As Starship SN8 waited to be lifted onto the mount at Pad A, the forward section of SN9 was stacked (off camera). New weather stations were installed, work on and around the launch site continued, and some scrap rolls of stainless steel were moved.

Video and Pictures from Mary (@BocaChicaGal). Edited by Theo Ripper (@TheoRipper).

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Sep 28, 2020

SpaceX’s challenge of Air Force awards to Starship rivals to be rejected

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Berlin, 27 September 2020. – SpaceX’s attempt to challenge U.S. Air Force’s contracts with rivals of SpaceX’s Starship for Moon and Mars missions is expected to be rejected, Reuters reported.

Sep 27, 2020

Astrophysicists Prove That Water Ice Is Trapped in Star Dust

Posted by in categories: chemistry, particle physics, space travel

Astrophysicists at the University of Jena (Germany) prove that dust particles in space are mixed with ice.

The matter between the stars in a galaxy – called the interstellar medium – consists not only of gas, but also of a great deal of dust. At some point in time, stars and planets originated in such an environment, because the dust particles can clump together and merge into celestial bodies. Important chemical processes also take place on these particles, from which complex organic – possibly even prebiotic – molecules emerge. However, for these processes to be possible, there has to be water. In particularly cold cosmic environments, water occurs in the form of ice. Until now, however, the connection between ice and dust in these regions of space was unclear. A research team from Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy has now proven that the dust particles and the ice are mixed. They report their findings in the current issue of the research journal Nature Astronomy.

Better modelling of physico-chemical processes in space.

Sep 27, 2020

Rolling Out: 09/25/2020

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This week on #SpaceToGround : the International Space Station is set for a delivery of supplies and science from the Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Cygnus spacecraft, while the next astronauts set to launch aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon prepare for their upcoming mission:

Sep 27, 2020

NASA Seeks Ideas from the Public for Powering Exploration on the Moon

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NASA’s Watts on the Moon Challenge seeks solutions for energy distribution, management, and/or storage that address NASA technology gaps and can be further developed for space flight and future operation on the lunar surface. Not only could novel solutions make a difference in lunar and space exploration, but technologies discovered during NASA’s Watts on the Moon competition could help facilitate new power options on Earth.

Sep 26, 2020

How SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and others compete in the growing space tourism market

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There’s an emerging industry thought to be only science fiction not too long ago that’s close to becoming a reality: space tourism.


The space tourism market has remained nascent for the past two decades, but a handful of companies are looking to change that.

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Sep 25, 2020

Astronauts that will launch on SpaceX’s third crewed flight are actively training to ride Dragon

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ESA Astronaut Pesquet revealed Crew-2 has been actively training for “Mission Alpha” aboard Crew Dragon. He shared photographs via Twitter of him training on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon simulator which involves learning how to control the spacecraft’s functions via a trio of touchscreen displays. – “Here’s the posse together, training on @SpaceX crew dragon. @Aki_Hoshide looking like a boss, and all of us wishing we had as cool socks as our awesome pilot @Astro_Megan. #MissionAlpha,” he wrote. During training, all astronauts are wearing face masks to protect each other from the coronavirus respiratory illness, pictured below.

Here’s the posse together, training on @SpaceX crew dragon. @Aki_Hoshide looking like a boss, and all of us wishing we had as cool socks as our awesome pilot @Astro_Megan. #MissionAlpha pic.twitter.com/UCDJvTcRgp— Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) September 23, 2020

To familiarize with the spacecraft, the astronauts train with an interactive simulator and touchscreen interface that is a replica of Dragon’s cockpit. Earlier this year, SpaceX released an online game that allows players to try to dock the Crew Dragon spacecraft to the Space Station, using similar controls the astronauts will use during their voyage in space. You can play the online game on SpaceX’s website: Crew Dragon Simulator.

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