Wednesday, September 29, 2021


SpaceX all-civilian orbital crew completes historic mission

The stated goal of the mission was to encourage the democratisation of space by proving that the cosmos are accessible to crews that have neither been handpicked nor in training for years.

Chinese astronauts return to Earth after 90-day mission

This was the country's longest-ever crewed mission and the latest landmark in Beijing's drive to become a major space power.

Nasa confirms Perseverance Mars rover got its first piece of rock

Eventually Nasa wants to collect samples taken by the rover in a joint mission with the European Space Agency, sometime in the 2030s.

Low odds of Malaysian satellite crashing to earth, space agency says

The Malaysian Space Agency says Measat-3 remains at a very high altitude in a specific outer space orbit.

Malaysian satellite to fall from space after mystery incident, says report

Recovery efforts found that Measat-3, which has been under ground control since June 24, could not re-enter service.

Nasa’s little Mars chopper just set an out-of-this-world distance record

Following the completion of its 10th flight, Ingenuity has now clocked up a total distance of 1 mile on Mars – a huge accomplishment for the little chopper.

Who’s an astronaut? Not billionaire blast-offs Bezos or Branson, says regulator

With crowds of gawkers heading to space in the future, the FAA has changed the definition of astronaut.

Nasa picks SpaceX for mission to Jupiter moon Europa

The Europa Clipper mission will launch in October 2024 on a Falcon Heavy rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with the total contract worth US$178 million.

There are solid engineering reasons why Bezos’ rocket design caused giggles

As suggestive as the rocket appears, the reasons for the design actually are, engineers say, rocket science.

Amazon magnate Bezos blasts into space on own rocket

The spacecraft peaks at about 106km altitude, allowing the crew members to admire the curvature of the planet, and the inky black of the rest of the universe.

US drone-maker wins contract to build homes in moon orbit for lunar Gateway

The lunar Gateway is planned to form part of the international Artemis programme to preserve peace in space.

Israel’s space agency secures funds for next lunar mission

In April 2019, SpaceIL became the first private entity in history to reach the moon.

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