Space diversity: Europe's space agency gets 1st parastronaut
The European Space Agency has made history by selecting an amputee who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident to be among its newest batch of astronauts — one step toward its pioneering ambition to send someone with a physical disability into space.
Astronauts for SpaceX Crew-2 mission prepare for launch
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Astronauts for the SpaceX Crew-2 mission said they are ready for the launch next month at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. [I] just want to give a shoutout to the NASA and SpaceX training teams [that] have done such a great job. We’re ready and we’re excited to fly,” astronaut Megan McArthur, the pilot for NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission said. “We’re gonna do our very best to represent NASA and ESA and JAXA and SpaceX in the International Space Station,” Kimbrough said. “It’s an international crew so that in itself can show the possibilities that are out there.”
SpaceX Crew-1 booster returns to Port Canaveral; Astronauts rave about ride to ISS
Four astronauts who recently arrived on the Space Station via the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft smiled ear-to-ear describing their journey into space Thursday, meanwhile the rocket booster used for the launch is set to return to Port Canaveral later in the day. NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, along with Japanese Space Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi launched Sunday night on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in the Dragon spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center. After 27 hours in space the astronauts arrived to the space station where NASA astronaut Kate Rubins was waiting to greet them at docking. The American and Japanese astronaut crew answered some questions on Thursday about the new arrivals on ISS. The booster will be used again next year to launch another round of astronauts for NASA to the International Space Station.
These 14 weather conditions would prevent SpaceX from launching the Falcon 9, Crew Dragon
ORLANDO, Fla. – As NASA and SpaceX prepare to launch four astronauts on the first Dragon spacecraft operational mission to the International Space Station, the space agency released the weather criteria that would prevent the Crew-1 mission from launching. This comes after the historic first crewed launch of the Dragon spacecraft earlier this year with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. SpaceX became the first private company to fly astronauts to orbit. Weather officers will be monitoring both launch and landing conditions throughout the countdown for certain criteria that would cause the launch to be scrubbed for the safety of the astronauts. Below are 14 weather conditions that would prevent the launch from happening.
Japan’s floating spaceport to bring space travel to city
A floating spaceport in Japan could bring space travel to the city. A group of designers and architects are working on a four-story, futuristic spaceport city that floats in Tokyo Bay. [TRENDING: COVID-19 closes early voting location | Can you get COVID-19 twice? But it is not the first urban spaceport project. In Houston, the home of NASA’s astronaut program at Johnson Space Center, work is underway to transform a former airport into a commercial spaceport.
Here’s what SpaceX astronauts listened to on their way to the launch pad
Here’s what SpaceX astronauts listened to on their way to the launch padPublished: May 28, 2020, 10:51 amWe all know how important it is to have a good playlist accompany you on your drive, but what would you select if you were about to launch into space?