The revolutionary James Webb Space Telescope
It's the most ambitious, complex space observatory ever built – 100 times more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope, capable of seeing stars so distant, their light has been traveling for nearly 14 billion years. Correspondent David Pogue looks at the revolutionary James Webb Space Telescope, an infrared observatory whose scheduled launch next week will usher in a new era in our understanding of the origin and evolution of the cosmos.news.yahoo.com
TV's Strahan flies in space with astronaut's daughter: Wow!
Blue Origin Strahan Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket launches carrying TV celebrity and former NFL football great Michael Strahan along with other passengers from its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. Joining Strahan on the short space flight are Laura Shepard Churchley, the oldest daughter of America's first astronaut, Alan Shepard, as well as four paying customers. His eldest daughter, Laura Shepard Churchley, took along a tiny piece of his Freedom 7 capsule as well as mementos from his Apollo 14 moonshot. As soon as he emerged from the capsule, Strahan said he wanted to go again. Virgin Galactic kicked it off in July, sending up its billionaire founder, Richard Branson, followed by Blue Origin and SpaceX.wftv.com
NFL, TV's Strahan flies in space with astronaut's daughter
Blue Origin Strahan Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket launches carrying TV celebrity and former NFL football great Michael Strahan along with other passengers from its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. Joining Strahan on the short space flight are Laura Shepard Churchley, the oldest daughter of America's first astronaut, Alan Shepard, as well as four paying customers. His eldest daughter, Laura Shepard Churchley, took along a tiny piece of his Freedom 7 capsule as well as mementos from his Apollo 14 moonshot. “I thought about Daddy coming down and thought, gosh he didn’t even get to enjoy any of what I’m getting to enjoy," Shepard Churchley said following touchdown. Virgin Galactic kicked it off in July, sending up its billionaire founder, Richard Branson, followed by Blue Origin and SpaceX.wftv.com
NFL, TV's Strahan launches toward space atop Bezos' rocket
Blue Origin Strahan This photo provided by Blue Origin shows, from left: Dylan Taylor, Lane Bess, Cameron Bess, Laura Shepard Churchley, Michael Strahan and Evan Dick. (Courtesy of Blue Origin via AP) (Uncredited)Football star and TV celebrity Michael Strahan hurtled toward space with Jeff Bezos’ rocket company Saturday, sharing the ride with the daughter of America’s first astronaut. Bezos — who saw the six off from the launch and landing complex near Van Horn — named his company’s New Shepard rocket after him. Bezos, who founded Amazon six years before Blue Origin, was on the debut launch in July. Blue Origin originally targeted Thursday for the launch, but high wind forced a delay.wftv.com
Michael Strahan's Blue Origin Launch on New Shepard: Live updates
On Dec. 11, 2021, Blue Origin will launch former NFL football player and Good Morning America host Michael Strahan to space alongside five crewmates on the New Shepard rocket's NS-19 mission. Liftoff is set for 9:45 a.m. EST (1445 GMT) with a live webcast to begin at 8:15 a.m. EST (1315 GMT). Strahan will launch on a suborbital flight on New Shepard with Laura Shepard Churchley, eldest daughter of famed NASA astronaut Alan Shepard, and paying passengers Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick, Lane Bess and Cameron Bess.See the latest updates of Blue Origin's Michael Strahan launch here.space.com
Blue Origin poised to send NFL, TV's Strahan into space
Blue Origin Strahan This photo provided by Blue Origin shows, from left: Dylan Taylor, Lane Bess, Cameron Bess, Laura Shepard Churchley, Michael Strahan and Evan Dick. (Courtesy of Blue Origin via AP) (Uncredited)Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin, is about to send former NFL great Michael Strahan into space — with a football. Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket is named for him. Bezos, who founded Amazon six years before Blue Origin, was on the debut launch in July. Blue Origin originally targeted Thursday for the launch, but high wind forced a delay.wftv.com
High wind delays Michael Strahan's space trip with 5 others
TV celebrity and former football great Michael Strahan is going to have to wait another few days before rocketing into space. But on Wednesday, Jeff Bezos’ space travel company, Blue Origin, bumped the launch to Saturday because of high wind. But on Wednesday, Jeff Bezos’ space travel company, Blue Origin, bumped the launch to Saturday because of high wind. The six space tourists will launch aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket, 60 years after its namesake's pioneering Mercury flight. It will be Blue Origin's third launch with people on board.wftv.com
Glen de Vries, who traveled to space with William Shatner, dies in NJ plane crash
Blue Origin's New Shepard flight Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket latest space passengers from left, Audrey Powers, William Shatner, Chris Boshuizen, and Glen de Vries raise their hands during a media availability at the spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. The plane had taken off from Essex County Airport around 3 p.m. and crashed about an hour later, according to the news station. De Vries last month embarked on an 11-minute trip to space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket and capsule alongside Shatner, former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen and Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, Audrey Powers. >> Related: William Shatner travels to space aboard Blue Origin rocket“I’ve been passionate about aviation and space for as long as I can remember, so this flight is truly a dream come true,” he said before the trip. We will truly miss Glen, but his dreams — which we share — live on: we will pursue progress in life sciences & healthcare as passionately as he did.”Officials with the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the plane crash, according to WCBS.wftv.com
Man who went to space with Shatner dies in plane crash
Shatner Space Launch This photo provided by Blue Origin shows Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket space passengers from left, Glen de Vries, Audrey Powers, William Shatner, and Chris Boshuizen pose inside the capsule on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. (Blue Origin via AP) (Uncredited)HAMPTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — (AP) — A man who traveled to space with William Shatner last month was killed along with another person when a small plane crashed in northern New Jersey, according to state police. The aircraft had departed from Essex County Airport in Caldwell and was headed to Sussex Airport when the Federal Aviation Administration alerted public safety agencies to look for the missing plane around 3 p.m. He traveled Oct. 13 aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft, spending more than 10 minutes in space after launching along with Shatner and others. Fischer owned Fischer Aviation, a family-run flight school, and was its head instructor, according to public reports.wftv.com
William Shatner oldest astronaut at 90 – Here's how space tourism could affect older people
This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.Nick Caplan, Professor of Aerospace Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northumbria University, NewcastleChristopher Newman, Professor of Space Law and Policy, Northumbria University, NewcastleIs space really the final frontier? William Shatner has found out after boldly going where no 90-year-old has gone before. Some 55 years after Captain James T Kirk hit our screens in the original "Star Trek," Shatner recently launched to the edge of space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard for a 10-minute suborbital flight.Shatner has become the oldest person to go to space, breaking the record set only recently by 82-year-old Wally Funk, who traveled on the New Shepard's first crewed spaceflight in July. Funk was one of the Mercury 13 women who qualified for spaceflight in the 1960s but never flew.With commercial spaceflight companies now taking older people to space, it's timely to consider the potential physical impact space flight might have on them.Video: Watch William Shatner gaze at Earth from space in awespace.com
‘It’s extraordinary’: William Shatner travels to space on Blue Origin rocket
Shatner Space Launch Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket latest space passengers from left, Audrey Powers, William Shatner, Chris Boshuizen, and Glen de Vries raises their hands as they talks about snake bites during a media availability at the spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (LM Otero)Four people, including “Star Trek” actor William Shatner, traveled to space aboard a Blue Origin rocket on Wednesday morning. Its mission: encounter Earth from incredible views at apogee pic.twitter.com/Gzsnkv97K9 — Blue Origin (@blueorigin) October 13, 2021Shatner expressed awe after traveling to space on a Blue Origin rocket. READ: William Shatner travels to space aboard Blue Origin rocket“What you have given me is the most profound experience I can imagine,” Shatner told Blue Origin and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos following the flight. I had no idea.”READ: William Shatner will fly to space aboard Blue Origin rocketExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 38 Shatner to space William Shatner, second from left, raises his hand while speaking with Audrey Powers, left, Chris Boshuizen, second from right and Glen de Vries raises during a media availability at the Blue Origin spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021.wftv.com
Blue Origin launches artwork, moon-landing test into space
Blue Origin Launch This image from video made available by Blue Origin shows the New Shepard capsule prior to launch of the rocket in West Texas on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. (Blue Origin via AP) (Uncredited)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — (AP) — Blue Origin launched artwork painted on a capsule and a moon-landing navigation experiment into space Thursday, a month after sending founder Jeff Bezos on the company’s first passenger flight. Schoolchildren from Ghana tuned into the launch webcast, according to Blue Origin. The New Shepard rocket blasted off from West Texas on Blue Origin's 17th trip to space. Blue Origin offered no specific date Thursday for the next passenger flight, but reported nearly $100 million in ticket sales to date.wftv.com
In photos: Blue Origin's 1st New Shepard passenger launch with Jeff Bezos
Blue Origin made history on July 20, 2021 with the launch of its New Shepard rocket on its first crewed spaceflight. The launch, which lifted off from Blue Origin's Launch Site One in West Texas near Van Horn, carried the company's billionaire founder Jeff Bezos (of Amazon fame), his brother Mark Bezos, Mercury 13 aviation pioneer Wally Funk and 18-year-old student Oliver Daemen of the Netherlands, the first paying passenger on New Shepard. See photos from Blue Origin's historic spaceflight here and relive the company's milestone for private spaceflight. Related: Blue Origin's launch with Jeff Bezos: Everything you need to knowspace.com
Former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is launched into space
Jeff Bezos, the founder and former CEO of Amazon, flew into space along with three others aboard the New Shepard rocket, made by his company Blue Origin. The spacecraft returned to Earth after less than 11 minutes. Video is courtesy of Blue Origin.news.yahoo.com
Bezos Becomes Second Rich Man to Take Joyride in Space
YouTubeThe world’s richest man was blasted into space on his own rocket Tuesday morning with his brother, an octogenarian aviation pioneer, and a Dutch teen who graduated high school last year.Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos lifted off at 9:11 a.m. ET alongside his younger brother (and volunteer firefighter) Mark, 82-year-old aerospace legend Wally Funk—who trained as an astronaut in the 1960s but never left Earth—and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen of the Netherlands, a paying cusnews.yahoo.com
Blue Origin launches capsule to space with astronaut perks
In this image from video made available by Blue Origin, the company's New Shepard rocket lands after a test flight in West Texas on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (Blue Origin via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company launched a new capsule into space Thursday to test all the astronaut perks before people strap in. Thursday’s flight with a dummy named Mannequin Skywalker lasted 10 minutes and reached 66 miles (106 kilometers) above West Texas. Both the New Shepard rocket and the capsule landed successfully. It was the 14th flight to the fringes of space for a New Shepard rocket.
Blue Origin ‘getting close’ to human spaceflight with 14th test flight
Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket and capsule launch from the company's west Texas launch site on Jan. 14, 2021 marking the 14th suborbital flight for the company. (Image: Blue Origin)Blue Origin says it’s nearing its first human spaceflight with the company’s upcoming test flight from West Texas on Thursday. “We’re getting really close to flying humans, we’re getting there,” Blue Origin director of astronaut and orbital sales Ariane Cornwell said after the launch. While no humans were onboard the capsule, the company’s test dummy, Mannequin Skywalker will be in one of the six astronaut seats. Blue Origin is also developing a much larger heavy lift rocket called New Glenn that will launch from Cape Canaveral.
NASA moon-landing tech hitches ride to space on Bezos rocket
The sensors and computer — tested during the booster’s descent and touchdown — will hitch another suborbital ride with Blue Origin. Led by Amazon founder Bezos, Washington state-based Blue Origin is leading a team of companies to develop a lunar lander for astronauts. Tuesday’s launch was the first in nearly a year for Blue Origin: The pandemic stalled operations. Blue Origin said its staff is maintaining social distancing and taking other safety measures. Blue Origin said it needs a couple more flights before launching people — tourists, scientists and professional astronauts — on short hops.
Blue Origin readies for first New Shepard flight in months to test moon landing tech
Blue Origin is preparing to launch its New Shepard rocket to the edge of space from the company’s West Texas launch site, marking the seventh consecutive flight for this launch vehicle. Blue Origin last launched New Shepard in December. The first launch in nine months comes amid the coronavirus pandemic, as well as more testing and growth at Blue Origin. On this flight, Blue Origin’s rocket will carry technology for NASA designed to enable future moon landings. ET Thursday but after a short weather delay, Blue Origin scrubbed the launch attempt due to a power supply issue for the experiments on board.