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Blue Origin saw its first crewed launch since a rocket mishap in 2022 left rival Virgin Galactic as the sole operator in the fledgling suborbital tourism market
Blue Origin saw its first crewed launch since a rocket mishap in 2022 left rival Virgin Galactic as the sole operator in the fledgling suborbital tourism market.

After a nearly two-year hiatus, Blue Origin flew adventurers to space on Sunday, including a former Air Force pilot who was denied the chance to be the United States' first Black astronaut decades ago.

It was the first crewed launch for the enterprise owned and founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos since a rocket mishap in 2022 left rival Virgin Galactic as the sole operator in the fledgling suborbital tourism market.

Six people including the sculptor Ed Dwight, who was on track to become NASA's first ever astronaut of color in the 1960s before being controversially spurned, launched around 09:36 am local time (1436 GMT) from the Launch Site One base in west Texas, a live feed showed.

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Mission NS-25 is the seventh human flight for the enterprise owned and founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos
Mission NS-25 is the seventh human flight for the enterprise owned and founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos.

Blue Origin is set to fly adventurers to the final frontier on Sunday for the first time in nearly two years, reigniting competition in the space tourism market after a rocket mishap put its crewed operations on hold.

Six people including Black sculptor and former Air Force pilot Ed Dwight, who was controversially spurned by NASA's astronaut corps in the 1960s, will blast off at 8:52 am local time (1352 GMT) from the Launch Site One base in west Texas, the company said on social media.

Dwight—at 90 years, 8 months and 10 days—is set to become the oldest person to go to space, narrowly pipping Star Trek actor William Shatner, who was almost two months younger when he launched with Blue Origin in 2021.

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Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 20, 2024
LeoLabs has received a second Consolidated Pathfinder order from NOAA's Office of Space Commerce (OSC) to support the development of the civil-led U.S. Traffic Coordination System for Space (TraCSS). This order allows LeoLabs to continue assisting with TraCSS as the OSC extends the live data collection period of the pathfinder project. The extension aims to explore opportunities to improve
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Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 20, 2024
May 2024 has already proven to be a particularly stormy month for our Sun. During the first full week of May, a barrage of large solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) launched clouds of charged particles and magnetic fields toward Earth, creating the strongest solar storm to reach Earth in two decades - and possibly one of the strongest displays of auroras on record in the past 500 year
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Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 20, 2024
Recently, an international team led by Prof. GE Jian from the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences used deep learning neural networks to search for rare weak signals in quasar spectral data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III) program. This study, published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, presents a new method for exploring ga
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Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 20, 2024
The solar storm that recently drove the aurora borealis was also affecting compasses deep in the ocean, according to new findings by Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), a University of Victoria initiative. ONC's subsea observatories on Canada's coasts recorded temporary distortions in the Earth's magnetic field on instrument platforms deployed as deep as 2.7 kilometers. These are some of the most
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Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 20, 2024
A team led by University of Maryland chemists has found a new method to create carbenes, highly reactive molecules essential for many chemical reactions, including those that produce carbohydrates. Carbenes are important precursors to the building blocks of life on Earth and potentially in space. The researchers created hydroxymethylene (HCOH), a carbene, by breaking down methanol (CH3OH)
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Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 20, 2024
Orbex has announced a partnership with MSP to enhance the automation of component production for its orbital launch services from the UK. MSP will supply technology to automate the production of components for Orbex's orbital launch services, aiding in the company's preparations for its first launch. Based in North East England, MSP aims to optimize CNC machine productivity by automa
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Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 20, 2024
The Office of Space Commerce (OSC) has announced a one-month extension of the Consolidated Pathfinder project supporting the Traffic Coordination System for Space (TraCSS). Launched in January 2024, the Consolidated Pathfinder is a short-term project focusing on space situational awareness (SSA) for the low Earth orbit (LEO) regime. The project examines how commercial SSA capabilities can
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Paris, France (SPX) May 20, 2024
Europe's newest rocket, Ariane 6, is set to launch, carrying multiple space missions. One notable mission is Replicator, a project by Orbital Matter, which will demonstrate new 3D printing technology in space. The Replicator mission, a collaboration between Warsaw, Poland, and Berlin, Germany-based startup Orbital Matter, aims to show how 3D printing can be used in orbit, potentially enabl
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