A Russian 'space truck' just burst into flames on purpose and the photo is amazing
The cargo ship Progress MS-15 from Roscosmos, the Russian Space Agency, broke apart as it burned up in Earth's atmosphere after undocking from the International Space Station yesterday (Feb. 8). The astronauts living on the space station watched the craft's fiery demise from above and shared the experience on social media. #Russian cargo spacecraft undocked from #ISS, and successfully burned up. pic.twitter.com/BvJuH2cUg6February 9, 2021The cargo ship spent about seven months in space attached to the space station. The next "space truck" to deliver supplies from Russia to the space station will be Progress MS-16, a cargo spacecraft that will deliver 2.5 tons of cargo on Feb. 17.space.com
SpaceX targeting April to launch 4 astronauts from 3 countries to space station
The members of the SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station. Picture from left are NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet. The NASA, European Space Agency and Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) crew are slated to launch atop the Falcon 9 rocket from launchpad 39A no earlier than April 20 and travel to the International Space Station, where four other astronauts, who also arrived via SpaceX, will be waiting. The mission known as Crew-2 will include NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet. Additionally there is another Russian Space Agency Soyuz launch slated for spring with three astronauts headed to the ISS, meaning at some point there could be 11 astronauts on station together at the same time.
Japan's Hayabusa2 mission delivers the first subsurface asteroid samples to Earth
A Japanese capsule returned to Earth on Saturday carrying a special delivery: the first rock samples from beneath the surface of an asteroid. Japan's Hayabusa2 probe, which is roughly the size of a refrigerator, launched in December 2014, thrilling scientists when it landed on the diamond-shaped asteroid Ryugu, which means "dragon palace" in Japanese, located 185 million miles away. JAXA's Hayabusa2 probe's sample drop to earth, as seen from Coober Pedy in South Australia on December 6, 2020. This Nov. 13, 2019, file image released by JAXA, shows asteroid Ryugu taken by Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft. The NASA OSIRIS-REx mission recently collected a sample from another near-Earth asteroid — Bennu, which is similar to Ryugu.cbsnews.com
SpaceX capsule with 4 astronauts reaches space station
MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. – ***11:16 p.m. Nov. 16, 2020 Update***SpaceX’s newly launched capsule with four astronauts has arrived at the International Space Station. The Dragon capsule pulled up and docked late Monday night, following a 27-hour, completely automated flight from Florida. ***Original***After a good night’s sleep for four astronauts -- three NASA and one JAXA --aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon in orbit, the crew will prepare to dock at the International Space Station late Monday. NASA and SpaceX have continued to stream live views from the space station and the Crew Dragon. The first return to human spaceflight from Kennedy Space Center happened in May with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.
NASA wants you along for the ride (virtually) on SpaceX's next astronaut mission
SpaceX’s Crew-1 astronauts — NASA's Shannon Walker, Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi — pose in front of their Dragon capsule, "Resilience," at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California. SpaceX's first operational astronaut launch for NASA is just nine days away, and the agency is inviting the public to go along for the historic ride. The Crew-1 mission is scheduled to lift off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida on the evening of Nov. 14. SpaceX's Crew-1 astronaut mission: Live updates"Members of the public can attend the launch virtually, receiving mission updates and opportunities normally reserved for on-site guests," NASA officials wrote in a statement on Tuesday (Nov. 3). Crew-1 will be SpaceX's second astronaut mission to the space station, after the Demo-2 test flight , which launched on May 30 of this year.space.com