Apollo 15 Anniversary: 50 Years Ago, NASA Put a Car on the Moon
by Rebecca Boyle on 2021-07-27 in Apollo Project, Automobiles, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Moon, Engineering and Engineers, Geology, Boeing Company, General Motors, Space and Astronomy
The lunar rovers of Apollo 15, 16 and 17 parked American automotive culture on the lunar surface, and expanded the scientific range of the missions’ astronaut explorers.
Is Jeff Bezos Really an Astronaut?
by Kenneth Chang on 2021-07-26 in Federal Aviation Administration, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, Private Spaceflight, Awards, Decorations and Honors, Space and Astronomy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Branson, Richard, Daemen, Oliver, Bezos, Jeffrey P, Funk, Wally
Blue Origin pinned custom astronaut wings to his flight suit. The Federal Aviation Administration may disagree. Or it may not even matter.
As Astronauts Dock, China Takes Up Long-Term Residence in Orbit
by Steven Lee Myers and Kenneth Chang on 2021-07-26 in Space Stations, Space and Astronomy, China, China Manned Space Agency
Three Chinese astronauts arrived on Thursday to help build their country’s rival to the International Space Station.
Who Is Wally Funk? The Astronaut Defying Gravity and Exclusion
by Mary Robinette Kowal on 2021-07-26 in Funk, Wally, Bezos, Jeffrey P, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Blue Origin, Women and Girls, Private Spaceflight, Discrimination, Space and Astronomy, Pilots, Content Type: Personal Profile, never too late 2021
Ms. Funk’s trip to space with Jeff Bezos is reason to celebrate. But the launch this week, decades after she was denied the opportunity, also raises questions about whom space is for.
Astronomers See Moons Forming in Disk Around Distant Exoplanet
by Robin George Andrews on 2021-07-23 in Moons, Space and Astronomy, Stars and Galaxies, Telescopes and Observatories, Astrophysical Journal Letters, Research
Scientists have never before gotten such a clear view of moons in the making.
Inside Mars, NASA’s InSight Mission Mapped Surprises Down to the Core
by Robin George Andrews on 2021-07-22 in Mars (Planet), Mars InSight (Spacecraft), Geology, Earthquakes, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Science (Journal), Space and Astronomy, Research
NASA’s InSight mission revealed Mars’s inner workings down to its core, highlighting great differences of the red planet from our blue world.
Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin Crew Launches to Space
by Kenneth Chang on 2021-07-21 in Space and Astronomy, Blue Origin, Bezos, Jeffrey P, Private Spaceflight, Rocket Science and Propulsion, Amazon.com Inc
The Amazon founder and three others lifted off in Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft, fulfilling a goal more than 20 years in the making.
The Amazonification of Space Begins in Earnest
by David Streitfeld and Erin Woo on 2021-07-21 in Rocket Science and Propulsion, Space and Astronomy, Apollo Project, Private Spaceflight, Computers and the Internet, Entrepreneurship, High Net Worth Individuals, Start-ups, Blue Origin, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Virgin Galactic, Starlink Satellite Constellation (SpaceX), Bezos, Jeffrey P, Musk, Elon, Branson, Richard
With the suborbital flights made by Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson this month, the privatization of the space industry has crossed the point of no return.
Jeff Bezos Picks 18-Year-Old Dutch Student for Blue Origin Rocket Launch
by Kenneth Chang on 2021-07-20 in Daemen, Oliver, Bezos, Jeffrey P, Blue Origin, Private Spaceflight, Space and Astronomy
Oliver Daemen will fly to the edge of space after another passenger who paid $28 million for the seat had a scheduling conflict.
Trailblazing Female Pilot to Join Jeff Bezos on Spaceflight
by Isabella Grullón Paz on 2021-07-20 in Blue Origin, Bezos, Jeffrey P, Women and Girls, Space and Astronomy, Private Spaceflight, Funk, Wally, Age, Chronological
At 82, Ms. Funk will become the oldest person ever to go to space. In the 1960s, she was part of a test program to determine whether women were fit for space.
Branson Beats Jeff Bezos to Space, Aiming to Open Space Tourism
by Kenneth Chang on 2021-07-20 in Branson, Richard, Virgin Galactic, Private Spaceflight, Virgin Group, Spaceport America, New Mexico, Blue Origin, Space and Astronomy, Bezos, Jeffrey P
The successful trip was the first in a series to the edge of space and beyond by billionaire entrepreneurs that seek to make human spaceflight more routine.
Spaceflights for Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos Spur Race for Insurers
by Stephen Gandel on 2021-07-20 in Insurance, Private Spaceflight, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, Branson, Richard, Bezos, Jeffrey P
Brokers say neither mogul appears to have bought coverage in case of an accident, but some insurers are interested in developing policies for space tourism.
Richard Branson Will Try to Beat Jeff Bezos to Space
by Kenneth Chang on 2021-07-20 in Virgin Galactic, Branson, Richard, Private Spaceflight, Rocket Science and Propulsion, Space and Astronomy, Bezos, Jeffrey P, New Mexico, Spaceport America
The Virgin Galactic founder hopes to edge out, by nine days, Blue Origin’s first flight with a crew aboard.
The Space Race for Insurers
by Andrew Ross Sorkin, Jason Karaian, Sarah Kessler, Stephen Gandel, Michael J. de la Merced, Lauren Hirsch and Ephrat Livni on 2021-07-14 in Bezos, Jeffrey P, Branson, Richard, Biden, Joseph R Jr, Shkreli, Martin (1983- ), Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, Lloyd’s of London, Insurance, Private Spaceflight, Antitrust Laws and Competition Issues
As Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos set off into space, without liability insurance, providers are planning ahead for future demand.
Advancements in Space Technology Drive Investor Interest
by Erin Woo on 2021-07-13 in Venture Capital, Rocket Science and Propulsion, Satellites, Computers and the Internet, Start-ups, Space and Astronomy, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, Blue Origin
Advancements in space technology and new means of financing are driving a flurry of investor interest.
How Much Will It Cost to Fly Virgin Galactic to Space?
by Neil Vigdor and Kenneth Chang on 2021-07-11 in Rocket Science and Propulsion, Private Spaceflight, Space and Astronomy, Travel and Vacations, Virgin Galactic, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, Blue Origin
A short suborbital jaunt to the edge of space for most people requires having a lot of spare cash on hand, for now.
The Largest Comet Ever Found Is Making Its Move Into a Sky Near You
by Robin George Andrews on 2021-06-28 in Comets, Space and Astronomy, Solar System, Telescopes and Observatories
By 2031, you may be able to spot the icy object in night skies with a good telescope.
U.S. Has No Explanation for U.F.O.s, Does Not Rule Out Aliens
by Julian E. Barnes on 2021-06-26 in Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO), United States Defense and Military Forces, United States Politics and Government, Defense Department, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, United States Navy
A new government report is likely to fuel theories about unexplained aerial phenomena.
Venus Lacks Plate Tectonics. But It Has Something Much More Quirky.
by Robin George Andrews on 2021-06-22 in Venus (Planet), Geology, Space and Astronomy, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Research
Scientists say giant slices of rock may move across the surface of Earth’s closest neighbor like pack ice floating in the sea.
NASA’s Juno Mission Reveals What’s Beneath Jupiter’s Pretty Clouds
by Kenneth Chang on 2021-06-18 in Jupiter (Planet), Juno (Spacecraft), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space and Astronomy, Ganymede (Jupiter Moon), Europa (Moon of Jupiter), Io (Moon of Jupiter), Research, Rocket Science and Propulsion, audio-positive-escape, audio-neutral-immersive
NASA’s Juno probe is beginning an extended mission that may not have been possible if it hadn’t experienced engine trouble when it first arrived at the giant planet.