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September 16, 2021

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Space.com

SpaceX launches four civilians into orbit on historic Inspiration4 flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX made history tonight as it launched a crew of private citizens on a jaunt around Earth. For an added bonus, the rocket landed on its drone ship, marking the company’s 92nd booster recovery. The mission, called Inspiration4 …

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Space.com

Celebs, astronauts and more cheer on SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission after successful launch

At 8:02 p.m. EDT last night (0002 GMT Sept. 16), SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission successfully launched four people from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as part of the first all-civilian mission to orbit.

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Space.com

The moon will visit Saturn and Jupiter this week in skywatching doubleheader

Both nights, our nearest neighbor in space, the moon, will be shining in its waxing gibbous phase to join the spectacle. Here’s what to expect from the planetary doubleheader. Related: The …

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CNN

Rare photos show the early years of NASA’s space shuttle era

NASA’s first space shuttle was meant to be named Constitution — a nod to the United States Bicentennial that year. But a write-in campaign by “Star Trek” fans prompted President Gerald Ford to change his mind. Instead, the orbiter was called …

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Space.com

900-year-old Chinese supernova mystery points to strange nebula

The event, like the famous Crab Nebula-forming stellar explosion of 1054, is one of just a handful of bright nearby flashes noted in historical records, but unlike the Crab Nebula, the 1181 spectacle was tricky to pin down.

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Space.com

SpaceX shows off Inspiration4’s amazing view of Earth and new dome window

Inspiration4’s Crew Dragon capsule, a vehicle called Resilience, soon settled into a circular orbit 364 miles (585 kilometers) above our planet. That’s higher than any Crew Dragon has ever gone, and about 115 miles (185 km) above the path taken by the …

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CBS News

SpaceX launches all-civilian crew on Inspiration4 mission

An all-civilian crew streaked into space atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Wednesday on the first privately funded, non-government trip to orbit, a historic three-day flight devoted to raising $200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Spaceflight Now

Four private citizens ride SpaceX rocket into orbit on historic mission

A Falcon 9 rocket lit up Florida’s Space Coast with a roaring liftoff from pad 39A at Kennedy at 8:02:56 p.m. EDT Wednesday (0002:56 GMT Thursday). The launch kicked off SpaceX’s fourth-ever crew mission to low Earth orbit, but the first without any NASA …

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Scientific American

SpaceX’s Starship Could Rocket-Boost Research in Space

On Wednesday Elon Musk’s commercial space company SpaceX launched four astronauts into orbit as part of Inspiration4, the first all-civilian spaceflight mission. They will return to Earth three days later, having made history. Yet apart from collecting …

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The Washington Post

SpaceX launches 4 amateurs on private Earth-circling trip

It was the first time a spacecraft circled Earth with an all-amateur crew and no professional astronauts. “Punch it, SpaceX!” the flight’s billionaire leader, Jared Isaacman, …

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