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    • SpaceX successfully launches US astronauts into space

      SpaceX successfully launches US astronauts into space

      Two veteran NASA astronauts were headed for the International Space Station on Saturday after Elon Musk's SpaceX became the first commercial company to launch a rocket carrying humans into orbit, ushering in a new era in commercial space travel and putting the United States back in the business of launching astronauts into orbit from US soil for the first time in nearly a decade.

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    • NASA, SpaceX historic launch delayed due to bad weather

      NASA, SpaceX historic launch delayed due to bad weather

      After a whole day of suspense, SpaceX's landmark launch to the International Space Station - the first crewed mission to blast off from US soil in almost a decade - was scrubbed Wednesday due to fears of a lightning strike. With NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley strapped into the Crew Dragon capsule, the launch pad platform retracted and rocket fueling underway, SpaceX made the call to abort.

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    • SpaceX readies first astronaut launch by private firm

      SpaceX readies first astronaut launch by private firm

      In mere hours SpaceX is scheduled to launch two NASA astronauts into orbit  - weather permitting - to kick off a new era of corporate-driven space missions. No company has ever flown commercially developed hardware carrying humans and linked up with the International Space Station (ISS). If Space Exploration Technologies Corp. reaches that goal, it will mark a major shift in the country’s space endeavors, being the first human launch from US soil since 2011.

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    • Tom Cruise to shoot his next film... in space

      Tom Cruise to shoot his next film... in space

      Tom Cruise will film his next Hollywood blockbuster on location - 250 miles up in the air and orbiting the Earth once every 90 minutes. Yes, you are reading it right - the "Top Gun" star is flying through the stratosphere to shoot an as-yet-unknown film aboard the International Space Station (ISS), NASA confirmed on Tuesday.

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    • NASA, SpaceX target historic spaceflight despite pandemic

      NASA, SpaceX target historic spaceflight despite pandemic

      NASA and SpaceX said Friday they were pressing ahead with plans to launch astronauts to space from US soil for the first time in nearly a decade later on this month, despite the coronavirus pandemic. Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, both veterans of the Space Shuttle program that was shuttered in 2011, will blast off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on 27 May. Should the mission succeed, the US will have achieved its goal of no longer having to buy seats on Russian Soyuz rockets to give its astronauts rides to the International Space Station (ISS).

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    • MIT develops washable sensors to monitor vital signs

      MIT develops washable sensors to monitor vital signs

      A team of scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new COVID-19 sensor that is waterproof and can be embedded in an individual's clothes. According to Techcrunch's latest report, it is a new type of lightweight sensor that is light and thin enough that it can be placed within flexible fabric and is aimed at monitoring the wearer's vital signs, including his or her respiratory rate, heart rate, and body temperature.

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    • NASA readies first manned mission from US soil in decade

      NASA readies first manned mission from US soil in decade

      In little more than a month NASA will launch its first manned mission from US soil in almost a decade, news wires reported. On 27 May a rocket and a spacecraft developed by private company SpaceX are set to take off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Centre, taking two astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

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    • European Solar Orbiter launches successfully

      European Solar Orbiter launches successfully

      We all know our sun is surrounded by a great bubble-like heliosphere, which sets our solar system apart from the rest of interstellar space. But now ESA's Solar Orbiter - which launched an hour ago today – will probe how the Sun creates and controls this heliosphere.

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    • NASA spacecraft breaks its own record

      NASA spacecraft breaks its own record

      NASA's Parker Solar Probe took one step closer to the sun Wednesday (29 January) when it executed its fourth flyby of our star. This is the first such maneuver, called a perihelion, that the spacecraft has completed since swinging past Venus in December, a move that shrank the probe's orbit.

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    • Sun yields its secrets to Parker Solar Probe

      Sun yields its secrets to Parker Solar Probe

      NASA's Parker Solar Probe made the closest ever flyby of the Sun in August 2018, collecting massive amounts of data using cutting-edge scientific instruments from a distance of 15 million miles - a mission that also, incidentally, set the record for the fastest-ever human-made object of all time.

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