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SpaceX successfully completes its first Starlink satellite rideshare launch

Published on 06/13/2020 @ 4 PM EST

As reported by Digital Trends, SpaceX has successfully launched its latest batch of satellites for its Starlink program. In addition to 58 Starlink satellites, the launch also included three satellites from Earth-imaging company Planet Labs as part of SpaceX’s SmallSat Rideshare Program. 

SpaceX’s first crewed spacecraft successfully docks with the International Space Station

Published on 06/01/2020 @ 4 AM EST
Onboard Crew Dragon were NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, the test pilots selected to be the first-ever humans to fly onboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. They are also the first people ever to make the trip to orbit aboard a spacecraft built by a private company. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon ‘Endeavor’ successfully docked with the International Space Station as planned on Sunday morning (May 31, 2020), marking another key milestone during this historic Commercial Crew demonstration mission it’s conducting with NASA. 

USGS releases first complete geologic map of the Moon

Published on 04/27/2020 @ 9 AM EST
The USGS (with help from NASA and the Lunar Planetary Institute) released the first complete geologic map of the Moon. The 1:5,000,000 scale map is color coded to help you quickly identify geological features, including multiple crater types, plains, and other features.

NASA administrator urges people to watch historic SpaceX launch virtually

Published on 04/24/2020 @ 9 AM EST
“We are asking people to join us in this launch, but to do so from home,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a press conference yesterday regarding the agency’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As reported by The Verge, "This upcoming launch is set to be a significant achievement for both NASA and the United States. On May 27th, two NASA astronauts — Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken — are set to fly to orbit on a newly developed private spacecraft, built by NASA’s commercial partner SpaceX. Called the Crew Dragon, the capsule is designed to launch on top of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and take the duo to the International Space Station."

Scientists say that lettuce grown on the ISS is as nutritious as Earth harvests

Published on 03/07/2020 @ 6 AM EST
NASA's Gioia Massa, Christina Khodadad and their colleagues examined and analyzed three batches of lettuce grown on the space station between 2014 and 2016. Their analysis says that the red romaine lettuce that was grown on the ISS a few years ago aren't just as good as Earth-grown lettuce, they're also as nutritious

SpaceX will send three tourists to the International Space Station in 2021

Published on 03/06/2020 @ 9 AM EST
As announced on Thursday, SpaceX will send three tourists on a 10-day trip to the International Space Station sometime in late 2021. It’ll use its Falcon 9 rocket and its new Crew Dragon spacecraft.