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Space Science

SpaceX capsule with world's first all-civilian orbital crew splashes down off Florida

The quartet of newly minted citizen astronauts comprising the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission safely splashed down in the Atlantic off Florida’s coast on Saturday (Sept 18), completing a three-day flight of the first all-civilian crew ever launched into Earth orbit.

What life is like aboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule

The first space tourism mission by Elon Musk's SpaceX blasted off from Florida on Wednesday and the four crew members -- a billionaire and three other Americans -- have already seen more than 25 sunsets and sunrises. SpaceX has released few details about their adventure since they reached an orbit that is more distant than that of the International Space Station. Here's what we know about their life on board:

SpaceX capsule with world's first all-civilian orbital crew set for splashdown

The quartet of newly minted citizen astronauts comprising the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission were due to splash down in the Atlantic off Florida on Saturday, completing a three-day flight of the first all-civilian crew ever launched into Earth orbit.

Mars rocks collected by Perseverance boost case for ancient life

Both samples, slightly wider than a pencil in diameter and about six centimeters long, are now stored in sealed tubes in the rover's interior.

NASA confirms Perseverance Mars rover got its first piece of rock

NASA confirmed Monday that its Perseverance Mars rover succeeded in collecting its first rock sample for scientists to pore over when a future mission eventually brings it back to Earth.

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin sues NASA over Moon lander contract

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin sued the U.S government over NASA's decision to award a $2.9 billion lunar lander contract to Elon Musk's SpaceX.

Bezos offers NASA $2 billion in exchange for moon mission contract

Fresh off his trip to space, billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos on Monday offered to cover up to $2 billion in NASA costs if the U.S. space agency awards his company Blue Origin a contract to make a spacecraft designed to land astronauts back on the moon.

Chinese researchers propose deflecting 'Armageddon' asteroids with rockets

Chinese researchers want to send more than 20 of China's largest rockets to practice turning away a sizable asteroid - a technique that may eventually be crucial if a killer rock is on a collision course with Earth.

China Mars rover to land between Saturday and Wednesday

China says its Mars probe and accompanying rover are expected to land on the red planet sometime between May 15 and May 19 Beijing time.

Musk's SpaceX wins NASA's $2.9 billion moon lander contract

NASA awarded billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's space company SpaceX a $2.9 billion contract to build a spacecraft to bring astronauts to the moon as early as 2024, the agency said.

China becomes second nation after US to plant flag on the Moon

China has planted its flag on the Moon, becoming only the second nation to do so after the US, reports BBC.

Trio who lived on space station return to Earth safely

A trio of space travelers safely returned to Earth on Thursday after a six-month mission on the International Space Station.

Potential sign of life detected on inhospitable Venus

Scientists have said they detected in the harshly acidic clouds of Venus a gas called phosphine that indicates microbes may inhabit Earth’s inhospitable neighbor, a tantalising sign of potential life beyond Earth.

United Arab Emirates launches mission to Mars

The United Arab Emirates has launched its first mission to Mars as it strives to develop its scientific and technological capabilities and reduce its reliance on oil.

SpaceX’s astronaut-riding Dragon arrives at space station

SpaceX has delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA, following up a historic liftoff with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk’s company.

NASA resumes human spaceflight from US soil with historic SpaceX launch

SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, has launched two Americans toward orbit from Florida in a mission that marks the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from US soil in nine years.

Annular solar eclipse on December 26

A partial solar eclipse will be visible on December 26 in Bangladesh if the sky remains clear, according to Bangladesh Meteorological Department.

ISRO releases images of Earth taken by Chandrayaan 2

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) releases five images of the Earth taken by Chandrayaan 2, the country’s second unmanned lunar mission, two weeks after its launch.