Blue Origin's first crewed launch breaks four Guinness World Records
Blue Origin’s July launch of its New Shepard rocket broke four Guinness World Records, including the oldest and youngest person to fly to space; the first siblings in space at the same time and the first suborbital spacecraft to carry paying customers.space.com
Centennial of ex-astronaut, US Senator John Glenn marked
John Glenn has been honored over the weekend with a three-day festival in Ohio marking what would have been the history-making astronaut and U.S. senator’s 100th birthday. Before that, he served as a military fighter pilot in World War II and the Korean War and set a transcontinental air speed record. The John Glenn Centennial Celebration Friday to Sunday was a collaboration between Cambridge, where Glenn was born on July 18, 1921, and nearby New Concord, where he grew up and met his late wife, Annie, who died last year at 100 of complications from COVID-19.news.yahoo.com
18-year-old joining Blue Origin's 1st passenger spaceflight
An 18-year-old is about to become the youngest person in space, rocketing away with an aviation pioneer who will become the oldest at age 82. Blue Origin announced Thursday that instead of an auction winner launching with founder Jeff Bezos on Tuesday, Oliver Daemen will be on board. Also soaring on Blue Origin’s first launch with passengers: Bezos’ brother and Wally Funk, one of 13 female pilots who went through the same studies in the early 1960s as NASA's Mercury 7 astronauts did, but were rejected for being women.news.yahoo.com
Part of Wright brothers' 1st airplane on NASA's Mars chopper
(NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A piece of the Wright brothers’ first airplane is on Mars. NASA’s experimental Martian helicopter holds a small swatch of fabric from the 1903 Wright Flyer, the space agency revealed Tuesday. The helicopter, named Ingenuity, hitched a ride to the red planet with the Perseverance rover, arriving last month. It will mark a "Wright brothers' moment," noted Bobby Braun, director for planetary science at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The swatch made the 300 million-mile journey to Mars with the blessing of the Wright brothers' great-grandniece and great-grandnephew, said park curator Steve Lucht.
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin won't launch its 1st New Glenn rocket until late 2022
Blue Origin , which is run by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos , announced today (Feb. 25) that it's pushing the target date for the debut launch of its heavy-lift New Glenn rocket from late 2021 to the fourth quarter of 2022. Each New Glenn first stage will be capable of launching 25 missions, Blue Origins representatives say. Such reuse is key to Blue Origin's overall vision, which involves helping humanity extend its footprint out into the final frontier . The company has already scored New Glenn launch contracts with Eutelsat, Mu Space, OneWeb, Sky Perfect JSAT and Telesat, as Space News noted . "New Glenn is proceeding to fulfill its current commercial contracts, pursue a large and growing commercial market, and enter into new civil space launch contracts," Blue Origin representatives wrote in today's update.space.com
Space station launch honors 'Hidden Figures' mathematician
The rocket is delivering cargo to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A space station supply ship named after the Black NASA mathematician featured in the movie “Hidden Figures” rocketed into orbit Saturday, the 59th anniversary of John Glenn's historic launch. Northrop Grumman's Cygnus capsule — dubbed the S.S. Katherine Johnson — should reach the International Space Station on Monday following its launch from Virginia's eastern shore. He noted that the space station flew over Virginia just 10 minutes ahead of Saturday's launch. The capsule also holds 120,000 tiny roundworms for a muscle experiment, as well as off-the-shelf computer equipment to increase data processing speed at the space station.
1st private space crew paying $55M each to fly to station
On Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, Axiom announced they will be the first private space station crew, a year ahead of the planned launch. (Courtesy Axiom Space via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The first private space station crew was introduced Tuesday: Three men who are each paying $55 million to fly on a SpaceX rocket. “This is the first private flight to the International Space Station. It’s never been done before," said Axiom's chief executive and president Mike Suffredini, a former space station program manager for NASA. Russia has been in the off-the-planet tourism business for years, selling rides to the International Space Station since 2001.
Blue Origin launches capsule to space with astronaut perks
In this image from video made available by Blue Origin, the company's New Shepard rocket lands after a test flight in West Texas on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (Blue Origin via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company launched a new capsule into space Thursday to test all the astronaut perks before people strap in. Thursday’s flight with a dummy named Mannequin Skywalker lasted 10 minutes and reached 66 miles (106 kilometers) above West Texas. Both the New Shepard rocket and the capsule landed successfully. It was the 14th flight to the fringes of space for a New Shepard rocket.
Arizona's Kelly is sworn into Senate, narrowing GOP edge
(Nicholas Kamm/Pool via AP)WASHINGTON – Arizona Democrat and former astronaut Mark Kelly was sworn into the Senate on Wednesday, narrowing Republican control of the chamber and underscoring his state's shift from red to blue. Kelly, 56, defeated GOP Sen. Martha McSally in last month's election, making her one of only three incumbents to lose. Kelly's Arizona colleague, Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, held the Bible on which he took his oath. In what was one of the country's most expensive Senate races, Kelly raised $89 million. That was second only to the $108 million collected by defeated South Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
'The Right Stuff' recap: Hey, let's get up there ('Flight')
The first season of "The Right Stuff" comes to an end with the flight of the first American into space. Related: These astronauts read 'The Right Stuff' and flew in spaceWarning: What follows contains spoilers for the eighth episode, "Flight." Mercury astronaut Deke Slayton, portrayed by Micah Stock, serves as capcom in the Mercury Control Center, in the first season finale of National Geographic's "The Right Stuff." "And astronaut Shepard is acting like a real test pilot now as he flies the capsule manually," announces Powers. Though he may have experienced early symptoms before and around the time of his Mercury flight, he did not seek treatment until the next year.space.com
The Right Stuff' recap: What it takes to stand on the edge ('Ziggurat')
The seventh episode of " The Right Stuff " borrows its title from a tower that journalist Tom Wolfe used to define who had "the right stuff." Related: These astronauts read 'The Right Stuff' and flew in spaceWarning: What follows contains spoilers for the seventh episode, "Ziggurat." Episode 7: 'Ziggurat'Jake McDorman as Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard in the seventh episode of National Geographic's "The Right Stuff." "Wait, you're going to be an astronaut, just like dad? The first attempt to launch Shepard on his Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3) mission was on May 2, 1961.space.com
'The Right Stuff' recap: We are all asleep down here ('Vostok')
In "Vostok," now streaming on Disney Plus , the Mercury astronauts face bureaucratic scrutiny, technical setbacks and their own personal demons, which all threaten to derail the burgeoning space program. " The Right Stuff " is based on journalist Tom Wolfe's 1979 bestselling book by the same title. Related: These astronauts read 'The Right Stuff' and flew in spaceWarning: What follows contains spoilers for the series' sixth episode, "Vostok." Meanwhile, flight director Chris Kraft (Eric Ladin) and Space Task Group director Bob Gilruth meet with Shepard, Grissom and Glenn at Mercury Mission Control. A new episode of National Geographic's "The Right Stuff" begins streaming on Disney+ every Friday through Nov. 20.space.com
'The Right Stuff' recap: Who is going to be first? ('The Kona Kai Séance')
Shepard tells Glenn he is going to stay at the beach and finish his drink before going back in. Fearing what the story would do to the space program, Glenn tells Shepard he will take care of it. The story is absent from the paper, but Glenn tells Shepard to gather the guys. "It's been described in practically everything that's been written about Project Mercury, most notably by Tom Wolfe in 'The Right Stuff,'" Glenn wrote. A new episode of National Geographic's "The Right Stuff" begins streaming on Disney+ every Friday through Nov. 20.space.com
NASA astronauts go back to the future with capsule launch
(SpaceX via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Its back to the future as NASA astronauts launch again from the U.S. aboard a retro-style Right Stuff capsule. SpaceXs Dragon crew capsule outshines NASAs old Apollo spacecraft in virtually every way. This fresh take on a vintage look will be on full display Wednesday when SpaceX plans to launch NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station a first for a private company. Russias workhorse Soyuz capsules, still in use after a half-century plus, have kept NASA astronauts flying to the space station. A test dummy soloed on last years Dragon crew capsule debut.
Annie Glenn, 100, famed astronauts widow, dies of COVID-19
Her husband, John Glenn, died in 2016 after an extraordinary life that also included breaking the transcontinental speed record and serving as a Democratic U.S. senator from Ohio. During WW II, the Korean war and two flights into outer space, Annie patiently waited for her John to come home, Butland said. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Annie Glenn Award was created to honor people who overcome a communication disorder. The university bestows an Annie Glenn Leadership Award annually. The Glenns served on the board of the college, now Muskingum University, and Annie Glenn was named a distinguished alumni fellow in speech communications.
NASA's Real 'Hidden Figures'
Mary Jackson was one of the "human computers" portrayed in the film "Hidden Figures." "Hidden Figures," a 2016 book by Margot Lee Shetterly and a movie based on the book, celebrates the contributions of some of those workers. Beginning in 1935, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), a precursor of NASA, hired hundreds of women as computers. As the years passed and the center evolved, the West Computers became engineers and electronic computer programmers. "Hidden Figures" focuses on three computers: Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughan.space.com
NASA's Glenn Research Center: Incubator of technologies for flight
That's the biggest building at NASA's Glenn Research Center (GRC), where scientists and engineers have been developing technologies for flight for eight decades. The center began as the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory (AERL), a department of the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA), the predecessor of NASA. When NACA became NASA in 1958, the laboratory became the NASA Lewis Research Center. An aerial view of NASA's Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field, Cleveland, Ohio. Looking ahead, NASA's Structural Heat Intercept Insulation Vibration Evaluation Rig, or SHIIVER, is currently being tested at Plum Brook Station, Wittry said.space.com
In the lucrative race for US military rocket deals, Jeff Bezos' company argues to change the rules
Blue Origin tests one of the BE-4 rocket engines the company is developing to launch its New Glenn rocket. That's a quickly approaching scenario in the United States military's current rocket launch acquisition process, which features billionaires' space projects going toe-to-toe with defense contracting giants. But it's a situation that Blue Origin, the space company founded by Jeff Bezos, wants to change. In a meeting with reporters on Tuesday, Blue Origin laid out its view of needed adjustments to the government's approach when buying rocket launches. Both were factors that Blue Origin says are understated by the military in importance.cnbc.com
Calendar: Week of July 18
Here's a look at the week ahead at some of this week's highlighted events, which include the 95th birthday of former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn, the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and the Quidditch World Cup competition, Jane Pauley reports.cbsnews.com