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Japanese Billionaire Caps Record Space Tourism Year

By Tom Roeder troeder@SpaceFoundation.org The first self-funded space tourist to reach the International Space Station in more than a decade reached his destination aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule Wednesday.  Japanese fashion mogul Yusaku Maezawa paid $88 million for the ride, the BBC reported, and was accompanied on the trip by documentary filmmaker Yozo Hirano. Their…

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Harris Leads Meeting of Newly Enlarged National Space Council, Demands Better Conduct from Space Nations

By Tom Roeder troeder@SpaceFoundation.org Vice President Kamala Harris opened the first meeting of the reconstructed National Space Council on Wednesday with calls to make climate data from satellites more available, grow the aerospace workforce by bolstering educational opportunities, and increase international cooperation with new treaties to govern conduct in orbit. Earlier Wednesday, President Joe Biden…

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SpaceX Crew-2 Mission Successfully Returns to Earth

By Zoe Hobbs zhobbs@SpaceFoundation.org NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 successfully returned to Earth on Nov. 9 at 03:33 UTC after undocking from the International Space Station (ISS) on Nov. 8 at 19:05 UTC. The return had been delayed a day due to bad weather but had a smooth landing despite one of four parachutes being slow to…

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Capt. Kirk Crosses the Kármán Line on Blue Origin’s New Shepard

By Zoe Hobbs zhobbs@SpaceFoundation.org Blue Origin continued its streak of successful New Shepard landings as the NS-18 crew capsule safely touched down at 14:59 UTC on Oct. 12, 2021. The mission lasted 10 minutes and 17 seconds, reaching an apogee of 347,539 feet (nearly 66 miles) above ground level[1], which crossed the Kármán line, considered…

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First All-Civilian Crew Rockets into Orbital Space

Innovation4 launch

By Dennis Thompkins For the first time in space history, an all-civilian crew is traveling in Earth’s orbit without command and control from a government space agency. The SpaceX Inspiration4 launch on Sept. 16 marked the first orbital flight with no professional astronauts on board. It also set as precedent the first time an onboard…

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2021 U.S. Labor Data Shows Benefits of Space-Sector Pay

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2021 Launch Activity at Midyear Shows the Highest Tempo in 5 Years

The first half of 2021 marked the highest January-June launch tempo in five years, with 61 launches attempted. That puts the year on track to become the most prolific launch year since the 1980s. Of the 2021 launches, only two failed, putting this year on track for the lowest failure rate since 2018. The first…

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NASA Technology Takes the Harmful Glare Out of Bright Sunny Days

Introduction | Half the world is gearing up for warm, sunny weather as the Northern Hemisphere heads into summer. The comfort and eye protection provided by sunglasses make them a staple for many. However, most people might not realize that the technology that supplies us with durable, protective lenses — now used by several eyeglass…

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