CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. —
Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space company launched a New Shepard rocket for a seventh time from a remote corner of Texas on Tuesday, testing new lunar-landing technology for NASA that could help put astronauts back on the moon.
The entire flight — barely skimming space with a peak altitude of 66 miles (106 kilometres) — lasted just 10 minutes. The booster landed vertically back at the launch complex after liftoff, and the capsule followed, parachuting onto the desert floor.
The capsule carried science experiments, including 1.2 million tomato seeds that will be distributed to schoolchildren around the U.S. and Canada, and tens of thousands of children’s postcards with space-themed drawings that will be returned to the young senders.
NASA’s navigation equipment for future moon landings was located on the booster. The sensors and computer — tested during the booster’s descent and touchdown — will hitch another suborbital ride with Blue Origin. It’s all part of NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to put the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024, a deadline imposed by the White House.
“Using New Shepard to simulate landing on the Moon is an exciting precursor to what the Artemis program will bring to America,” Blue Origin’s chief executive Bob Smith said in a statement.
Texas-based Southwest Research Institute had a magnetic asteroid-sampling experiment on board, as well as a mini rocket-fueling test.
Led by Amazon founder Bezos, Washington state-based Blue Origin is leading a team of companies to develop a lunar lander for astronauts. Elon Musk’s SpaceX is also working on a lander, as is Alabama-based Dynetics. NASA chose three teams in this early phase of the Artemis moon-landing program to increase the chances of getting astronauts to the lunar surface by the end of 2024.
Delayed three weeks by technical issues, this was the 13th New Shepard flight for Blue Origin. The first was in 2015. The rocket is named for the first American in space, Alan Shepard.
Tuesday’s launch was the first in nearly a year for Blue Origin: The pandemic stalled operations. Blue Origin said its staff is maintaining social distancing and taking other safety measures.
Blue Origin said it needs a couple more flights before launching people — tourists, scientists and professional astronauts — on short hops. The capsule has six seats and six windows, the biggest to fly in space.
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Ultimate absentee ballot: US astronaut votes from space station – Phys.org
At least she didn’t have to wait in line.
A US astronaut cast her ballot from the International Space Station on Thursday, making her voice heard in the presidential election despite being 253 miles (408 kilometers) above the Earth.
“From the International Space Station: I voted today,” crew member Kate Rubins, who began a six-month stint aboard the orbiting station last week, said on US space agency NASA’s Twitter account.
The post featured a photograph of Rubins, her blonde hair floating in the zero-gravity environment, in front of a white enclosure with a paper sign that reads “ISS voting booth.”
Rubins and NASA described the process as a form of absentee voting.
A secure electronic ballot generated by a clerk’s office in Harris County, home of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, was sent up via email to the ISS.
Rubins filled out the ballot in the email and it was downlinked and delivered back to the clerk’s office.
She is no stranger to the process: Rubins cast her vote from the ISS during the 2016 election. Congress passed legislation in 1997 that made voting from space possible.
“We consider it an honor to be able to vote from space,” she said in a video before she and two Russian cosmonauts launched from the Russian-operated Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on October 14.
“If we can do it from space then I believe folks can do it from the ground too.”
Three other American astronauts were also expected to vote from space but their October 31 trip to the ISS was delayed.
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“Even though we have some work ahead of us to determine the outcome of the event — the successful contact, the TAGSAM gas firing, and back-away from Bennu are major accomplishments for the team. I look forward to analyzing the data to determine the mass of sample collected,” Dante Lauretta said in a statement, according to CNN. Lauretta is the principal investigator for the mission and is a professor at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.
Space: Astronauts uncovered a leak at the space station ISS with a tea bag – three are back on earth – Pledge Times
Spacemen of the International Space Station ISS have shown ingenuity. The astronauts made use of a tea bag in space. Three of them have now returned to earth.
- Russia and the USA share the International space station ISS.
- However, there is one at the station about 400 kilometers above the earth leak.
- The crew tried to fix the air leak using a Tea bags to detect.
Update from October 22nd, 4:40 p.m. Three of the astronauts who boarded the International Space Station (ISS) with help of a Tea bags one leak have found (see first report), have returned to Earth safely after almost 200 days on the ISS. The US astronaut Chris Cassidy and the Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner landed on Thursday in the Kazakh steppe, as photos by the Russian space agency Roskosmos show.
The three spacemen were in April ISS broken up. Because of the Corona pandemic Wagner, Iwanischin and Cassidy had to be in quarantine a good month before the start of their six-month mission. At that time they could not personally say goodbye to their families. It was the third mission on board the ISS for Cassidy and Ivanishin. Wagner, on the other hand, made his first flight to the space station. In a tweet before his return to earth, the 35-year-old wrote: “Mom, I’m coming home.”
‘Mama, I’m coming home!’
Tonight we, the #ISS-63 crew are returning to Earth. This was a busy and very interesting flight! Hope that was interesting!
– Ivan Vagner (@ ivan_mks63) October 21, 2020
First report from October 19, 2020: Space: Leak found at space station ISS – household goods are the solution
Moscow – spaceman the International Space Station have a possible Air leak with help of a Tea bags tracked down. This had flown in weightlessness in the direction of the leak, said cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin according to the state agency Tass. “We have several photos and videos of the direction of flight of the teabag.” He reckons with “actually having found the probable leak”. It should start with a duct tape be sealed.
The space travelers have been occupied with the leak in the station about 400 kilometers above the earth for weeks. They had to spend a weekend in the Russian segment in August because they were looking for the hole in another part of the station. According to earlier information from the Russian space agency Roscosmos the leak is “extremely insignificant” and harmless to the astronauts and cosmonauts.
– Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) October 19, 2020
Space station ISS: “Air pressure continues to drop”
“Of the Air pressure continues to fall, but not as quickly, ”said Ivanishin. The crew now wants to better seal the crack and keep an eye on the situation. “Perhaps we should use the more effective patches from our partners,” said the Russian spaceman, referring to his American colleagues.
A short time later that is Oxygen system Elektron-WM failed according to Roscosmos. A spokesman for Roskosmos confirmed, however, that there is no danger for the crew, as the oxygen system in the US segment of the ISS continues to function normally.
ISS: Russian aerospace veteran: “All modules in the Russian segment are worn out”
Currently hold up six spacemen in the ISS. The crew had only last week Reinforcement got after a Soyuz capsule with three spacemen on board after a flight in Record time has docked with the ISS. So far, there have been three space travelers on the ISS, who were also under strict conditions in the spring corona-Pads started. They are supposed to return to earth in October.
The space station crew expanded to six people today when the Soyuz crew ship hatch opened at 7:07 am ET just a few hours after the Exp 64 crew launched from Kazakhstan. More … https://t.co/9L5DaJFRSa pic.twitter.com/skxgdiKKJH
– Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) October 14, 2020
It wasn’t until April Oxygen leak found in the ISS, which is more than two decades old. The Russian aerospace veteran Gennadi Padalka told the Ria-Novosti news agency that the station’s Russian equipment had long exceeded its shelf life: “All modules in the Russian segment are worn“Said the cosmonaut who holds the record for the most days spent in space. The equipment was actually only designed for a service life of 15 years. (ck / dpa)
Most recently, an asteroid named “Bennu” was on a dangerous course towards Earth in space. Even a ninth planet in our solar system is said to have been discovered.
List of rubric lists: © Nasa / dpa
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