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nasaSpaceX Crew Astronauts, Spacesuit and Crewed Dragon

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Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be the first two NASA astronauts to fly in the Dragon spacecraft. They will use the new SpaceX spacesuits. The SpaceX Crew Dragon will fly in mid-2019. How SpaceX’s first astronaut crew is preparing …

nasaCarnival of Space 594

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The Carnival of Space 594 is up at Universe Today Universe Today has coverage of the New Horizon visit to Ultima Thule. New Horizons mission made the first rendezvous in history with a Kuiper Belt Object (KBO). About thirty minutes …

nasaSpaceX Crewed Dragon Solar Panels Change and Safety Modifications

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NASA requires Boeing and SpaceX to demonstrate that there’s no more than a one in 270 chance for a fatal accident during a flight. The Space Shuttle program lost two shuttles in 135 launches. John Mulholland, vice president and program …

nasaSpaceX is a Month Away from Oribtal Test Flight of Crewed Dragon

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The crew dragon and Falcon 9 are vertical on the launch pad. SpaceX is about a month away from the first orbital test flight of crew Dragon. There is a nice boarding bridge from the tower to the capsule, which …

astronomyThe Most Spectacular Image of the Day, Science-Wise

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On January 1 New Horizons encountered the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule. Some 6.5 billion kilometers from the Sun, Ultima Thule is the most distant world ever explored by a spacecraft from Earth. This historic image, the highest resolution …

asteroidNASA New Horizons Had a Successful Flyby Mission 4 Billion Miles Away

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New Horizons’ high-resolution Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) provided the best indication of Ultima Thule’s size and shape so far. Preliminary measurements of this Kuiper Belt object suggest it is approximately 20 miles long by 10 miles wide (32 kilometers by …

asteroidsNASA New Horizons Will Flyby a 30 km Object that is 4 Billion Miles Away

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In 2014 the New Horizons team found an object that is now called Ultima Thule. It is located in the Kuiper belt in the outermost regions of the Solar System, beyond the orbit of Neptune. On January 1, 2019, New …

astronomyNASA Confirms Saturns Rings Will Be Gone in 100 Million Years

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New NASA research confirms that Saturn is losing its iconic rings at the maximum rate estimated from Voyager 1 & 2 observations made decades ago. The rings are being pulled into Saturn by gravity as a dusty rain of ice …

nasaSpaceX Dragon 2 Crew Capsule Target January 17, 2019 Launch

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The SpaceX Dragon 2 Crew capsule was revealed. SpaceX is targeting crewed Dragon flight prices of $160 million, or $20 million per seat if the maximum crew of 7 is aboard, and if NASA orders at least four DragonRider flights …

materialsElon Will Use X-Plane Hot Structures to Improve Re-entry

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Elon Musk could use metal hot structures for rocket re-entry. This is a decades old concept. I do not think it has been used in flight since the early X-plane program days. There has been more lab and ground experiments …