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NASA assigned new astronauts to the SpaceX Crew-5 mission

NASA assigned new astronauts to the SpaceX Crew-5 mission

NASA has announced that it has reassigned two astronauts to the SpaceX Crew-5 mission. That mission will head to the ISS and is part of the Commercial Crew Program. Two astronauts who have been reassigned to Crew-5 are Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada. Mann will act as the mission's commander, while Cassada will be the pilot.

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NASA sets a launch date for its asteroid redirection test mission

NASA sets a launch date for its asteroid redirection test mission

NASA has confirmed the target launch date for the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission. That mission is meant to evaluate technologies to prevent an asteroid from impacting the Earth. The confirmed target launch date is 10:20 PM PST on November 23, 2021.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy’s first national security launch delayed again

SpaceX Falcon Heavy’s first national security launch delayed again

The US Space Force USSF-44 mission set to launch on SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has been delayed once again due to a 'payload readiness' issue, Space Force Command has confirmed. The USSF-44 mission was first scheduled to launch this past July, but was delayed to early October because the payload wasn't ready. The next launch date is less firm, but will happen next year.

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SpaceX Dragon capsule prepares to leave ISS: How to watch live

SpaceX Dragon capsule prepares to leave ISS: How to watch live

A month after docking with the International Space Station, SpaceX's Dragon capsule is preparing to detach itself from the ISS and make the relatively short trip back to Earth. The Dragon capsule was used for SpaceX's most recent ISS cargo run on behalf of NASA, supplying astronauts in orbit around the planet with the supplies they need to survive and the latest scientific investigations.

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SpaceX confirms an alarm went off during Inspiration4 mission

SpaceX confirms an alarm went off during Inspiration4 mission

Not long ago, the Inspiration4 mission put civilian astronauts into orbit for the first time. They went into orbit aboard a special Crew Dragon capsule that ditched the docking hardware normally used to connect to the ISS in favor of a cupola that allowed the astronauts to see space and the Earth during their mission. Also in the cupola area was the toilet fitted for the mission.

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SpaceX considers increasing Crew Dragon fleet after Inspiration4

SpaceX considers increasing Crew Dragon fleet after Inspiration4

SpaceX successfully sent and returned the first all civilian crew to and from orbit with its Inspriation4 mission earlier this month. While there were some challenges with the flight, namely issues with the toilet aboard the spacecraft, the mission was trouble free. SpaceX has now confirmed that after the Inspriation4 mission, it has seen an increased interest in civilian spaceflight.

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SpaceX Starlink satellite Internet might be out of beta very soon

SpaceX Starlink satellite Internet might be out of beta very soon

Elon Musk has a lot of ambitious plans, and almost all of those have proven to be controversial to some extent. One of the most debated, however, might be his vision of covering the Earth with Internet-beaming satellites under SpaceX's Starlink program. Although the current state of that service is far from its best, the tech luminary has made it known that it could finally be open to the public as early as next month.

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Inspiration4 crew returned safely to Earth

Inspiration4 crew returned safely to Earth

SpaceX launched a mission with a fully civilian crew a few days ago called Inspiration4. It was a milestone trip into orbit as the first mission to feature an entirely civilian crew. Crew members launched into orbit last Wednesday and orbited the Earth at an altitude of 363 miles above the surface.

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SpaceX Tweets a video showing Inspiration4’s cupola in orbit

SpaceX Tweets a video showing Inspiration4’s cupola in orbit

One of the coolest things about the Crew Dragon capsule used for the Inspiration4 mission that put an all civilian crew in orbit happened due to being able to remove the docking connector from the nose of the capsule. Typically, in the nose of a Crew Dragon capsule is the docking apparatus for connecting the capsule to the ISS. Since Inspiration4 isn't docking with the ISS, that apparatus was removed, and in its place was put a cupola to give crewmembers an incredible view of space and Earth while in orbit.

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SpaceX Inspiration4 launch reaches another space travel milestone

SpaceX Inspiration4 launch reaches another space travel milestone

Elon Musk has always envisioned space travel to be as economical as air travel, though naturally still more expensive. SpaceX's mission is to make that true not just for government-funded missions and research but also for commercial space tourism. The company has already gotten most launches and landings down to a "T," but there are still some goals to be checked off from its list. At least two of those have been completed now that the Inspiration4 mission is underway, transporting four civilians around the Earth for about three days at a record-breaking altitude.

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NASA picks 5 companies for Artemis lander work: Who ranked best?

NASA picks 5 companies for Artemis lander work: Who ranked best?

NASA's Artemis lander concept process reached a point where 5 companies were awarded further millions to mature sustainable human landing system concepts. The awards will be given under the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) Appendix N broad agency announcement, and represent a combined total of $146 million USD for work over the next 15 months.

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How to watch the groundbreaking SpaceX Inspiration4 launch today

How to watch the groundbreaking SpaceX Inspiration4 launch today

SpaceX and Inspiration4 are on track for a launch of the groundbreaking first all-civilian crew into space, with blast-off currently scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, September 15 in the US. If all goes to plan, the four-strong crew will ride a SpaceX Crew Dragon into orbit around Earth, for the start of a three day mission.

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