China is preparing to send three astronauts to live on its space station for six months — a new milestone for a program that has advanced rapidly in recent years. It will be China's longest crewed space mission and set a record for the most time spent in space by Chinese astronauts. The Shenzhou-13 spaceship is expected to be launched into space on a Long March-2F rocket early Saturday morning from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert in northwestern China.
A forthcoming flight to space by a Japanese billionaire will allow the public to have a closer look at life on board the International Space Station, the president of Space Adventures, a company that organized the flight, said Friday. Fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa is set to rocket to space on Dec. 8 on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft together with producer Yozo Hirano, who will film his mission, and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin. Tom Shelley, the president of Space Adventures, said Maezawa compiled a list of 100 things to do in space during a 12-day mission after asking the public for ideas.
Chris Boshuizen, a co-founder of the satellite data firm Planet, took a ride to the edge of space with Captain Kirk this week on Blue Origin’s second crewed New Shepard launch. “What I would love to communicate as much as possible is the jeopardy…the vulnerability…this air which is keeping us alive is thinner than your skin, it’s a sliver…this is life,” Shatner told Bezos, pointing at the ground after emerging from the space capsule, before looking up where he had been to say, “and that’s death.” In the meantime, however, the space economy’s prospects are firmly focused back on the ground.
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Attention asteroid aficionados: NASA is set to launch a series of spacecraft to visit and even bash some of the solar system’s most enticing space rocks. The robotic trailblazer named Lucy is up first, blasting off this weekend on a 12-year cruise to swarms of asteroids out near Jupiter — unexplored time capsules from the dawn of the solar system. NASA is targeting the predawn hours of Saturday for liftoff.
A spacecraft built and conceived in Colorado is scheduled to blast off before dawn Saturday, starting a 12-year, 4-billion-mile trip chasing rare asteroids and aiming to reveal secrets of the solar system’s origins. NASA’s Lucy probe, built in Jefferson County by Lockheed Martin Space, sits atop a 188-foot-tall rocket made by Centennial-based United Launch Alliance and is planned to launch at 3:34 a.m. Colorado time from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. If something delays liftoff, Lucy will have other chances to launch in coming days.
“Star Trek” actor William Shatner had an “overwhelming” round trip to space aboard a Blue Origin rocket, Fox Business reported citing the 90-year old veteran. What Happened: Shatner described his maiden flight — and a second one for Blue Origin — as “unlike anything they described” and as “unlike anything I’ve ever seen.” The space company founded by Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN)-founder Jeff Bezos completed its second flight that lasted about ten minutes on Wednesday morning. The flight reached