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September 15, 2021

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Space.com

Private astronauts are not ‘space tourists’ (op-ed)

Today (Sept. 15) the Inspiration4 mission will launch into space. On board the custom-built, privately operated SpaceX Dragon capsule will be an all-civilian crew of culturally and socially blended people on a mission funded by a billionaire, …

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SpaceX’s all-civilian Inspiration4 mission launches today. Here’s what to expect.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX will launch its first all-civilian crew on a three-day journey around the Earth in what will be a historic step for private space travel. The private spaceflight company will launch the Inspiration4 crew, a team of four …

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Inspiration4 crew planning ultrasounds, microbe samples and more to understand health during flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The crew of the first-ever all-civilian orbital spaceflight is looking forward to conducting medical experiments during the flight that will help researchers better understand spaceflight’s effects on the human body.

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Jupiter just got smacked by a space rock and an amateur astronomer caught it on camera

Jupiter got whacked again. Brazilian observer José Luis Pereira captured a bright flash on the solar system’s largest planet Monday night (Sept. 13), memorializing the fiery death of a space rock high in the Jovian atmosphere.

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Sian Proctor makes history with SpaceX’s Inspiration4 as first-ever Black female spacecraft pilot

Proctor, a geoscientist, artist and science communicator, has been paving the way in the space sector for decades. Now, years after being a finalist in NASA’s astronaut candidate program back in 2009, she is …

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Spaceflight Now

For the first time, NASA is a spectator for a US crew mission to low Earth orbit

SpaceX’s launch of the all-private Inspiration4 crew mission, scheduled as soon as Wednesday night, is an all-commercial affair that leaves NASA largely on the sidelines. And that’s just fine with NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.

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NASA astronaut gets extended stay in space for record-breaking 353-day mission

The mission extension, which was predicted before Vande Hei’s abrupt launch in April, will see the veteran astronaut spend about 353 days living and working on the orbiting laboratory, according to a tweet the astronaut posted on Tuesday (Sept. 14).

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NASA awards $146 million for human moon lander development

NASA is awarding a total of $146 million to five American companies to support the development of crewed moon landers, agency officials announced Tuesday (Sept. 14). The fixed-price, milestone-based contracts, awarded via NASA’s Next Space Technologies …

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Scientific American

This Supernova Will Make a Ghostly Reappearance in 2037

A distant supernova previously imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope will be visible again from Earth in 2037, astronomers predict. The supernova, dubbed Requiem, is a result of a stellar explosion some 10 billion light-years away.

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NASA astronaut to stay on ISS for nearly a year

WASHINGTON — NASA confirmed Sept. 14 that one its astronauts, Mark Vande Hei, will remain on the International Space Station until next March, setting an American spaceflight duration record in the process. The agency announced that Vande Hei, …

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