Space

    • First contract signed for tourist space walk

      First contract signed for tourist space walk

      Roscosmos and Space Adventures have been cooperating in space tourism since 2001, when the first space tourist, Dennis Tito, went into orbit. Since then, a total of seven people have been in space under the space tourism programme. Now, however, the first-ever contract for a tourist walk in outer space has been signed, with the venture being set for 2023.

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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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    • Yuri's Night 2020 space party blasts off tonight

      Yuri's Night 2020 space party blasts off tonight

      Every year on 12 April, we commemorate the milestones in space exploration and especially remember Yuri Gagarin, Valentina Tereshkova (first woman in space), Alexei Leonov (who performed the first spacewalk), and the crew of Apollo 11 who first landed on the Moon.

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    • Europe marks 40th anniversary of first Ariane rocket launch

      Europe marks 40th anniversary of first Ariane rocket launch

      The first Ariane space rocket lifted off over the forests of French Guiana 40 years ago, enabling Europe to at last take its place as an independent player in the international race for space. Following a number of delays and technical setbacks, Ariane 1 finally left the launch pad in Kourou at 2:13 pm local time on 24 December, 1979.

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    • ESA launches new era of exoplanet science

      ESA launches new era of exoplanet science

      The European Space Agency (ESA) launches today a first-of-its-kind exoplanet telescope, which will perform detailed studies of hundreds of known worlds beyond the Solar System. The mission heralds a shift from missions designed to discover such planets - some 4,000 of which have now been found - to those intended to learn about them in detail, say astronomers.

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    • Space junk cleanup to begin with ESA mission

      Space junk cleanup to begin with ESA mission

      Wherever we humans go, we leave behind a mess. That goes for space, too. Today, our species is responsible for more than 500,000 pieces of junk hurtling around Earth at phenomenal speeds, and if we don't start actively removing the largest pieces, the risk of collisions will only grow worse.

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    • The era of commercial satellite servicing arrives

      The era of commercial satellite servicing arrives

      Next year, the long-held dream of repairing satellites already in orbit around Earth will come a little closer to reality. Two new missions - from military contractor Northrop Grumman and a startup called Astroscale - will send spacecraft into orbit to rendezvous with other vehicles zooming around Earth to see if it's possible for two satellites to delicately meet up with each other in space.

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