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Jul 1, 2023

Finally! Virgin Galactic Has Taken Its First Paying Customers Into Space

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Virgin Galactic successfully flew its first paying customers to the final frontier Thursday, a long-awaited achievement that puts it back on track in the emerging private spaceflight sector.

Italian Air Force officers unfurled their nation’s flag and peered out windows at the curve of Earth while enjoying a few minutes of weightlessness at 52.9 miles (85.1 kilometers) above sea level.

“It was a beautiful ride,” Colonel Walter Villadei told reporters at a press conference, adding that his favorite moment was seeing the contrast between the black of space and the planet beneath.

Jun 30, 2023

Watch SpaceX’s explosive Starship engine test ahead of second flight

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Ship 25, the Starship upper stage prototype that will attempt to fly to orbit during the fully-integrated Starship launch system’s second test flight, performed the static fire test on Monday, June 26 at 8:27 pm EDT.

Jun 30, 2023

Virgin Galactic just launched its first commercial space tourism flight

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Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism enterprise is carrying a commercial crew of three to the edge of space for the very first time.

Virgin Galactic just performed its sixth spaceflight and first-ever commercial space tourism expedition.

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Jun 29, 2023

Ikea Trembles as Scientists Invent Flat Packable Robot

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

A team of researchers at Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have come up with an ingenious, origami-inspired robot that can turn itself into a huge number of three-dimensional shapes.

Best of all, it can fold and unfold itself like a piece of flat-pack Ikea furniture, which its creates say makes it an ideal candidate for assisting astronauts inside the cramped environment of a spacecraft.

As seen in a video demonstration, the bot — called Mori3 — can dexterously walk and pose with four flattened limbs, or even roll around once bent into a ring shape.

Jun 28, 2023

See SpaceX’s new Starship fire up in these stunning engine test photos

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Monday’s test firing of Ship 25 seems to have gone resoundingly well. On Tuesday afternoon (June 27), SpaceX tweeted images from the previous day’s proceedings, and they highlight the sheer power generated by Starship’s engines. The smoke and dust from ignition managed to stay low enough to the ground, and diffuse enough, for Starship to remain perfectly in frame, engine fire imparting an orange glow to the black tiles of the vehicle’s heat shield.

Related: SpaceX fires up Starship spacecraft ahead of 2nd test flight (video)

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk also tweeted an image from the static-fire test early on Tuesday morning. This one, from an upward perspective, shows the extreme bright light emanating from the flames, with Starship centered in the shine.

Jun 28, 2023

How to get your name engraved on a NASA spacecraft bound for Europa

Posted by in categories: media & arts, space travel

This isn’t the first time NASA has encouraged the public to add their names to objects bound for space, including those aboard Artemis I, as well the Preservation Rover and InSight on their multiple trips to Mars. In 1977, Voyager 1 and 2 both launched with gold-plated phonographic records aboard featuring 90 minutes of music, including a concerto by Bach and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode.”

At the time of writing, over 305,000 people from nearly every nation across the world have already signed the Europa Clipper’s roster, and earthbound participants have until the end of 2023 to enter in their names. Until then, you can also tune into regular livestreams of the Europa Clipper’s construction and assembly.

Jun 28, 2023

Japan, Germany and France to send rover to Martian moon Phobos

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An international team of explorers, led by Japan, will send a tiny robotic rover to the Martian moon of Phobos very soon.

A Japanese-led mission to Mars has just signed an agreement with German and French partners to build a rover to explore Phobos.

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Jun 28, 2023

These Michigan college professors are helping NASA return to the Moon after 5 decades

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ALBION, MI — Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan was the last person to step foot on the Moon more than five decades ago. In 2025, someone new will take his place.

The NASA Artemis mission aims to land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon, as well as explore more of the lunar surface.

A pair of Albion College professors are participating in the mission’s research into the origins and evolution of the Moon, college officials said.

Jun 27, 2023

AI Reaches Space: NASA is Developing AI Chatbots for Astronauts

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Being developed at NASA, the Chatbot will allow astronauts converse with their spacecraft, also allowing mission controllers to converse with AI robots.

Jun 26, 2023

Northrop Grumman women are at forefront of space exploration

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Image credit: NASA

To mark International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), prime STEM employer Northrop Grumman celebrated some of its women engineers like Sally Richardson, Jill Eskew and Erica Sandoval who are Defining Possible for the next generation, and helping put the first woman on the Moon.

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