The Amazon founder and three passengers reached the edge of space and safely returned after a flight of just over 10 minutes that the billionaire businessman hopes will kick-start an expansive new era for human space travel.
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Otherworldly investors will have to wait a little longer for the next dramatic step in commercial space travel.
The International Space Station consists of 16 linked habitats, strung with solar arrays, space debris shielding, and a robotic arm, all spread over an area about the size of a football field. Only the rapid response of flight controllers in Moscow and Houston, and of the 10 astronauts onboard, kept the $1 billion space lab on course. “We proceeded to do headstands and cartwheels,” Zebulon Scoville, a flight director on duty in Houston during the episode, said in a tweet.
NASA and Boeing have delayed the Starliner's second uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station.
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The federal government Friday rejected an appeal by billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin to get in on NASA’s plans to return astronauts to the moon by using rival Elon Musk’s SpaceX. NASA in April awarded the $2.9 billion contract for a lunar lander to the more established SpaceX, which also offered a cheaper price than the bids from Blue Origin and Dynetics Inc., a subsidiary of Leidos. The two losing companies appealed the contract to the Government Accountability Office on the grounds that there should have been multiple contracts and that the proposals weren’t evaluated correctly, but the agency rejected their request.
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Boeing is ready to try flying its spaceship to the space station for NASA once again, after failing its first attempt
Last time the Starliner spacecraft tried to fly to the International Space Station, software issues came up. Now Boeing is set to try again.
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Scientists have seen light from behind a black hole for the first time ever. The astronomers' discovery proves Einstein's predictions right over a century later.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A U.S. government watchdog on Friday sided with NASA over its decision to pick a single lunar lander provider, rejecting a protest filed by Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics Inc. The companies had challenged the $2.9 billion award to Elon Musk's SpaceX for the lander, arguing NASA was required to make multiple awards. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said it "denied the protest arguments that NASA acted improperly in making a single award to SpaceX."
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A Russian space official on Friday blamed a software problem on a newly docked science lab for briefly knocking the International Space Station out of position. The space station lost control of its orientation for 47 minutes on Thursday, when Russia's Nauka science lab accidentally fired its thrusters a few hours after docking, pushing the orbiting complex from its normal configuration. The station’s position is key for getting power from solar panels and for communications with space support teams back on Earth.
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Space tourists fly at their own risk - nobody is regulating their safety. Experts say ticket-holders are accepting their role in an 'experiment'
There are currently no regulations for Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic when it comes to public safety, air traffic, and environmental pollution.
NASA has marked the 50th anniversary of the Lunar Roving Vehicle's first trip on the Moon — though we wouldn't count on another crewed vehicle any time soon.
The ISS was pushed out of position after engines on a new Russian module unexpectedly fired up.
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Scientists spotted light 'echo' from behind a black holefor the first time everThe European Space Agency and NASA’s space telescopesobserved extremely bright flares of X-ray light coming from around a black holeThis supermassive black hole is 10 million times the size our Sunand located 800 million light-years away from EarthSource: The European Space AgencyAstronomers did not expect to see anything from behind the black holesince no light can escape from itThe findings match Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativityof how gravity bends light around black holes
The Government Accountability Office today turned back protests from Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture and Alabama-based Dynetics, ruling that NASA was within its rights to award a single $2.9 billion contract to SpaceX to build the first lunar lander to carry astronauts to the moon since the Apollo era. Industry teams led by Blue Origin and Dynetics had put in rival bids for NASA’s lunar lander business, and filed protests with the GAO when the space agency made the single-source award in A
While Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos face backlash for their joyrides, Hollywood has more ambitious plans in the near future.
The Nauka space module caused a brief mishap that briefly pushed the International Space Station off its normal flight position, shortly after docking on July 29.
We look back on past accomplishments that helped drive America's space program, including NASA, and helped pave the way for many more milestones to come.
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With propellant pressurization lines now vented, the new Nauka lab module is ready for activation and outfitting.