Five planned space stations for tourists and astronauts

There has been a continuous presence of humans in space since 2000, when the International Space Station became operational. Now, as the floating laboratory gets closer to its inevitable retirement, there are questions around what would replace it. Private companies are looking to commercialise low Earth orbit, with space stations that would welcome tourists, researchers … Read more

Jane Poynter on how to lead a company with a mission

Jane Poynter is the founder, co-CEO and chief experience officer of Space Perspective, an extraordinary space tourism company. Poynter has extensive experience as a deep tech entrepreneur and explorer and was part of the original crew for Biosphere 2, the world’s first human-made prototype space base. In 1993, she founded Paragon Space Development Corporation which, … Read more

Why the SpaceX astronauts are returning to earth in diapers today

The four-man crew stayed in space for almost 200 days. Now it’s time to return – with a little problem … 08.11.2021, 06:1508.11.2021, 13:36 Returning from space is never easy. For the space crew, known as “Crew-2”, it has now become a bit more arduous: The SpaceX capsule’s toilet is broken. This was confirmed by … Read more

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endurance arrives at space station with four Crew-3 astronauts

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A shiny new SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the company’s Crew-3 mission docked successfully at the orbiting lab Thursday evening (Nov. 11). The Crew Dragon Endurance, which launched SpaceX’s four crewed flight for NASA on Wednesday (Nov. 10), linked up … Read more

Fungi Were Able to Absorb Radiation on the ISS. Could Astronauts Grow Their own Radiation Shields in Space?

A lack of effective radiation shielding is one of the biggest challenges still to be overcome if humans are to embark on long-term voyages into deep space. On Earth, the planet’s powerful magnetosphere protects us from the deadliest forms of radiation – those produced by solar flares, and galactic cosmic rays arriving from afar – … Read more

SpaceX rocket launches with US astronauts – “Commercialization is exactly the right step” (archive)

It is a first for the space agency NASA, some even say it is a milestone. If the weather cooperates – and it currently looks like it – then this evening, Central European time, a manned commercial space mission will start for the first time from Cape Canaveral, the American spaceport. Both the Falcon rocket … Read more

The four astronauts of the Crew-3 mission took off to the International Space Station

They must replace the Crew-2 crew, of which was part Thomas Pesquet, returned to Earth in the night from Monday to Tuesday. Article written by Posted the 11/11/2021 06:27 Update the 11/11/2021 8:19 AM Reading time : 1 min. Take off for a six-month mission in space. Three American astronauts and a German took off … Read more

NASA postpones the return of astronauts to the Moon to 2025, “at the earliest”

NASA boss Bill Nelson on November 5, 2021, in Greenbelt, Maryland. OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP The Moon will wait a little longer. The return of humans to lunar soil, as part of the American Artemis program, has been delayed from 2024 to 2025 ” as soon as possible “, announced Tuesday, November 9, NASA. The … Read more

A broken toilet on SpaceX capsule means astronauts will return to Earth in diapers : NPR

The Crew Dragon space capsule astronauts, from front left, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. John Raoux/AP hide caption toggle caption John Raoux/AP The Crew Dragon space capsule astronauts, from front left, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA … Read more

SpaceX Crew-2 Dragon astronauts depart space station for return to Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX’s second long-duration astronaut mission for NASA is nearing its end after a Crew Dragon capsule undocked from the International Space Station today (Nov. 8). The company’s Crew Dragon Endeavour, carrying the four astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission, is making the journey back to Earth for a planned splashdown tonight off … Read more