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Today β€” 22 October 2021NYT > Science > Space & Cosmos

NASA Planning Moon Launch in 2022

22 October 2021 at 14:07
A flight of the Space Launch System and Orion capsule without astronauts aboard is planned for early next year, a first, long-delayed step toward returning astronauts to the moon’s surface.

Why Can’t Astronauts Have Disabilities? 12 Flyers Search for Proof They Can.

22 October 2021 at 13:53
People with different types of disabilities tested their skills and technologies on a zero-gravity research flight with the goal of proving that they can safely go to space.
Yesterday β€” 21 October 2021NYT > Science > Space & Cosmos

Dying Satellite, Not U.F.O. or Meteor, Likely Caused Midwest Fireball

21 October 2021 at 19:16
The fiery trail astonished viewers in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, but a Russian military spacecraft was the probable source.

Imagery of the Russian Satellite over Ann Arbor Michigan, posted on Twitter.

South Korea’s First Homemade Rocket Lifts Off but Is β€˜One Step Short’

21 October 2021 at 11:30
The country aspires to be a leader in space technology, with plans to land an uncrewed craft on the moon by 2030. President Moon Jae-in said the initial launch was excellent β€œfor a first try.”

Nuri, South Korea’s first domestically produced space rocket, sitting on its launch pad at the Naro Space Center in Goheung on Thursday.

The Webb Telescope’s Latest Stumbling Block: Its Name

20 October 2021 at 15:00
The long-awaited successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is scheduled to launch in December. But the NASA official for whom it is named has been accused of homophobia.

Integrating two major pieces of the James Webb space telescope in a Northrop Grumman cleanroom in Redondo Beach, Calif., this year.

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How to Watch the Orionids Meteor Shower

20 October 2021 at 10:55
The celestial event caused by debris from Halley’s comet will be most active overnight, but a nearly full moon could interfere with your view.

The Orionid meteor shower in skies over Utah in 2019, the second of two meteor showers each year that result from the Earth passing through the tail of Halley’s comet.

Boeing Deepens NASA Starliner Probe, Prompting More Delays

19 October 2021 at 15:53
The Starliner capsule for NASA crews is now unlikely to have another orbital flight test until the middle of next year.

The Boeing Starliner capsule at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida in July.

If China Tested a New Orbital Weapon, It’s Not Much of a Surprise

Experts report that similar technologies were developed by Russia and the United States starting more than a half century ago.

Ballistic missiles during a military parade in Beijing in 2019. Some experts see a recent launch as part of China’s challenging U.S. dominance in space.

How a Nuclear Bomb Could Save Earth From a Stealthy Asteroid

An atomic blast is not the preferred solution for planetary defense, but 3-D models are helping scientists prepare for a worst-case scenario.

Russian Film Crew Wraps Space Station Shoot and Returns to Earth

17 October 2021 at 10:51
A Russian actress and film director landed near Russia’s spaceflight base in Kazakhstan after 12 days in orbit.

From left, Yulia Peresild, Oleg Novitsky and Klim Shipenko after landing in a Soyuz spacecraft in Kazakhstan on Sunday.

NASA’s Lucy Launches on 12-Year Mission to Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids

16 October 2021 at 04:16
The elaborate journey of the robotic spacecraft will offer close encounters with some of the solar system’s least understood objects.

On Saturday an Atlas 5 spacecraft lifted NASA’s Lucy spacecraft to orbit.

Space Station Emergency Prompted by Russian Thruster Firing

15 October 2021 at 16:09
While the astronauts were said to not be in any danger, it was the second such incident since July.

The Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft, left, docked with the Nauka science module on the International Space Station last month.

Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy

16 October 2021 at 07:16
In a vast odyssey across the solar system, the mission will study asteroids known as Trojans that may contain secrets of how the planets ended up in their current orbits.

An artist’s concept of the Lucy spacecraft encountering a Trojan.

Meteorite Crashes Through Ceiling and Lands on Woman’s Bed

After a fireball streaked through the Canadian sky, Ruth Hamilton, of British Columbia, found a 2.8-pound rock the size of a large man’s fist near her pillow.

The meteorite that crashed into Ruth Hamilton’s bedroom in Golden, British Columbia.

In a Blue Origin Rocket, William Shatner Finally Goes to Space

13 October 2021 at 16:02
The actor who played Captain Kirk played the role of pitchman for Jeff Bezos’ spaceflight company at a time that it is facing a number of workplace and business difficulties.

The crew of the Blue Origin New Shepard crew, from left, Audrey Powers, William Shatner, Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries. They stood on the landing pad near Van Horn, Texas, after flying to space on Wednesday.

Highlights From William Shatner’s Blue Origin Rocket Trip to Space

The 90-year-old actor who played Captain Kirk and three others went to the edge of space in a tourist spacecraft built by Jeff Bezos’ company. β€œIt was so moving to me,” Mr. Shatner said.

The Blue Origin New Shepard rocket rising from the launch site near Van Horn, Texas, carrying William Shatner and crew, on Wednesday.

Many 'Star Trek' Fans Are Eager to See William Shatner Go to Space

13 October 2021 at 11:31
The series’ longtime viewers said they were excited to see the man who played Captain Kirk make science fiction seem a bit more real.

In the β€œStar Trek" episode, β€œA Piece of the Action,” with DeForest Kelley as Dr. Leonard McCoy, center, and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, right, in 1968.

William Shatner's Star Trek Moment With Jeff Bezos

After the Blue Origin crew set down, science fiction met reality.

β€œWe say, β€˜Oh that’s blue sky.’ And then suddenly you shoot through it and all of a sudden, like you whip the sheet off you when you’re asleep, you’re looking into blackness,” Mr. Shatner said Wednesday.

Astronomers Found a Planet That Survived Its Star’s Death

13 October 2021 at 13:32
The Jupiter-size planet orbits a type of star called a white dwarf, and hints at what our solar system could be like when the sun burns out.

Who Are William Shatner's Crewmates Aboard the Blue Origin Launch?

13 October 2021 at 08:36
Three other passengers are on the flight, two of them paying to be there.

From left, Chris Boshuizen, Mr. Shatner, Audrey Powers and Glen de Vries, the crew of the New Shepard’s second flight.

How Much Does it Cost to Fly to Space with Blue Origin?

13 October 2021 at 08:12
The company said in July it had nearly $100 million in sales, but not how many tickets that included.

Oliver Daemen occupied a seat on the New Shepard that Blue Origin auctioned off for $28 million.

He Stayed Grounded by Writing a Thriller Set in Outer Space

14 October 2021 at 09:09
Chris Hadfield went viral as an astronaut singing David Bowie in orbit. Now he has written a Cold War thriller packed with cosmic action.

Chris Hadfield in 2012. β€œA spaceship is like a pandemic to its wildest extremes,” he said. β€œIt’s truly life and death, you can’t ever go outside, you don’t know how long this is going to last, bad things can happen any moment, and you don’t have any other company.”

How to Watch William Shatner Launch to Space on Blue Origin

12 October 2021 at 21:00
Jeff Bezos’ rocket company will launch the man who played Captain Kirk along with three other passengers on a short up and down flight to the edge of space.

From left, Chris Boshuizen, Mr. Shatner, Audrey Powers and Glen de Vries, the crew of the New Shepard’s second flight.

Did a Meteor Explode Over New Hampshire? That May Explain the Boom.

12 October 2021 at 14:49
Meteorologists said that a bolide, a type of large meteor explosion in the atmosphere, might have been the source of a disturbance that was widely reported on Sunday.

A mysterious boom was heard in New Hampshire and parts of Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon.

Russian Actress and Director Successfully Reach the Space Station

5 October 2021 at 12:59
The pair arrived at the International Space Station on Tuesday, aiming to shoot scenes for the first feature film made in orbit.

The Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft lifted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome Tuesday, carrying a film crew to orbit.

Russia to Send Film Crew to Space: Time and Livestream Details

5 October 2021 at 00:01
An actress and a director will head to the International Space Station, aiming to shoot scenes from the first feature film to rely on scenes shot in orbit.

Yulia Peresild, a Russian actress, during a training session at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan last month.

A Nobel Prize for Stephen Hawking That Might Have Been

5 October 2021 at 03:18
A recent study of black holes confirmed a fundamental prediction that the theoretical physicist made nearly five decades ago. But the ultimate award is beyond his reach.

Stephen Hawking’s theory that black holes could only get bigger but never smaller was confirmed by observations of gravitational waves from colliding black holes in 2015.

William Shatner Will Launch to Space on Next Blue Origin Flight

4 October 2021 at 09:19
It’s only the edge of space, but the man who played the β€œStar Trek” captain is heading there with three other people for Blue Origin’s second flight with passengers.

William Shatner, who is 90, is set to become the oldest person to fly to space.