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    The two astronauts will wait for rescue boats in the waters of the Florida coast Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken began undocking the Dragon Endeavor capsule from the International Space Station on Saturday to return home. The first contact of American astronauts with the planet’s surface will be on the waters off the coast of Florida (Southeast USA) around 14:40 local time this Sunday. A successful landing will be seen as a sign that the United States has, in return, an efficient system for putting crew into orbit and achieving their return. A quality that had not been seen since 2011, when the country gave up continuing to use ferries. 10 keys to the historic mission of SpaceX and...
    New York (CNN Business)NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are preparing to leave the International Space Station this evening and begin their 19-hour journey home, capping off the their historic mission aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft.Later this afternoon, Behnken and Hurley are expected to climb aboard their Crew Dragon spacecraft, named Dragon Endeavour, which has been docked at the space station since the astronauts arrived in May. If the weather forecast looks acceptable, the capsule will leave the space station around 7:30 pm ET and begin its 19-hour trek to a splashdown off the coast of Florida. If the Crew Dragon is cleared to leave this evening, it's expected to reach its water landing at 2:42 pm ET Sunday.The...
    The once-in-a-lifetime comet Neowise has already been captured by astrophotographers around the world. But Earth isn't the only place the comet is visible — astronauts aboard the International Space Station are being treated to their own cosmic fireworks displays as the comet streaks across the sky throughout July.  Since Neowise survived its trip around the sun on July 3, it's been making its way towards Earth, visible with the naked eye during clear skies to people across the globe. Last week, astronauts on the ISS captured time-lapse photos of the comet, called one of the brightest in decades, which have been compiled into a spectacular real-time video.  Artist and scientist Seán Doran, whose work was on display at the Natural...
    NASA plans to allow tourists to visit the International Space Station from 2020 – at an estimated cost of more than $50million (£39million) per trip. Until now, the floating space lab has only been accessible to astronauts representing state-level space agencies. 7 Astronauts have been living on the ISS since 2000 – but it'll soon accept private tourists tooCredit: Mediadrumimages/GiuseppeDeChiara/MichaelGorn/NASA In a surprise announcement today, Nasa confirmed that it would be "opening the International Space Station for commercial business". It means that private companies will be able to take "private astronauts" to the ISS for up to 30 days. "The agency can accommodate up to two short-duration private astronaut missions per year to the International Space Station," Nasa explained. "These...
    One wealthy individual is going to become the 'first private citizen' to step outside the International Space Station on a space walk as part of a new tourism deal.  American space tourism company Space Adventures has signed an agreement with Russia's Energia space corporation to send someone 'into open space' from the Russian part of the ISS in 2023. The exact price of the trip hasn't been confirmed but the first businessman to visit the ISS in 2001, Dennis Tito, paid Roscosmos $20 million for an eight-day trip.  A spacewalk is more of a challenge than visiting the station alone as it requires extensive training and can be physically exhausting, according to astronauts.    The exact details of the space walk deal haven't...
    NEW YORK – Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. signed an agreement with NASA to boost commercial passenger flights to the International Space Station and develop a “robust economy” in space. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the company said it plans to transport passengers from the Johnson Space Center in Houston to the space station. Last month, SpaceX became the first private company to bring people into orbit, ushering in a new era in commercial space travel. The two Americans on board could spend up to four months on the space station before returning to Earth. Virgin has its own launch pad in the New Mexico desert, where parts of the new program will take...
    Following the historic events of the combined NASA/SpaceX launch over the weekend, a photographer has captured a remarkable image of the International Space Station carrying astronauts Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley whizzing past the moon. The composite image, taken by Italian photographer Alberto Ghizzi Panizza, came from a video he also took that shows the ISS at 17 different points as it sails across the moon, British news agency SWNS reports. Panizza, 45, said he took the picture at 10:28 Italian time Sunday night, just a few hours after Behnken and Hurley docked with the ISS. This amazing photo shows the sequence of the International Space Station gliding past the moon - carrying two NASA astronauts after they made...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The astronauts launched into orbit by SpaceX joined in the ringing of the opening bell for the Nasdaq on Tuesday to mark “a pivotal moment” for the space economy. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken took part in the ceremony from the International Space Station, three days after their launch by Elon Musk’s company. SpaceX became the first private company to send astronauts into orbit, with its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule, and ended a nine-year launch drought for NASA. The two astronauts floated alongside space station commander Chris Cassidy as he rang a ship’s bell to open trading on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. Their image, along with live-streamed pictures of other...
    By MARCIA DUNN CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s astronaut-riding Dragon capsule approached the International Space Station on Sunday, just hours after a historic liftoff from Florida. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken reported that the capsule was performing beautifully, as they closed in for the docking. The gleaming white capsule was easily visible from the station, its nose cone open exposing its docking hook, as the two spacecraft zoomed a few miles apart above the Atlantic, then Africa, then Asia. It’s the first time a privately built and owned spacecraft is carrying crew to the orbiting lab. Hurley, the Dragon’s commander, prepared to take manual control for a brief test, then shift the capsule into automatic for the...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX’s astronaut-riding Dragon capsule approached the International Space Station on Sunday, just hours after a historic liftoff from Florida. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken reported that the capsule was performing beautifully, as they closed in for the docking. The gleaming white capsule was easily visible from the station, its nose cone open exposing its docking hook, as the two spacecraft zoomed a few miles apart above the Atlantic, then Africa, then Asia. It’s the first time a privately built and owned spacecraft is carrying crew to the orbiting lab. Hurley, the Dragon’s commander, prepared to take manual control for a brief test, then shift the capsule into automatic for the linkup, 19...
    China has outlined plans to build an orbiting science lab by 2023. The “Heavenly Palace” station will house six people and serve as a test bed for experiments on astronomy, technology and more. China hopes to build the spacecraft over the course of 11 rocket launches, reports SpaceNews. The first of these will take place next year, Zhou Jianping, chief designer of China’s human spaceflight program, said at a conference in Beijing Tuesday. Once operational, China’s lab will rival the International Space Station (ISS) built by space agencies from the US, Japan, Russia, Canada and Europe. The ISS has orbited roughly 250 miles above Earth’s surface since 1998 and also serves as a space environment research laboratory. 3D model of...