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Energia and Space Adventures Sign Contract for Orbital Space Tourist Flight
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Energia and Space Adventures Sign Contract for Orbital Space Tourist Flight

Energia and Space Adventures Sign Contract for Orbital Space Tourist Flight Energia and Space Adventures Sign Contract for Orbital Space Tourist Flight Opportunity for two spaceflight participants to launch to the ISS for 14-day stay June 25, 2020 – S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation “Energia” and Space Adventures, Inc. signed a contract for a short duration spaceflight of two spaceflight participants on board the same “Soyuz” spacecraft to the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS). One of the mission participants will have an opportunity to conduct a spacewalk outside the space station, becoming the first private citizen in history to experience open space. Accepted and secured candidates will be required to complete specialized training and additional simulati...
A Comet Visitor and a Pretty Metal Moon
Astronomy, NASA

A Comet Visitor and a Pretty Metal Moon

A Comet Visitor and a Pretty Metal Moon The Planetary Society • July 9, 2020 The Downlink: Weekly resources to fuel your love of space Space Snapshot NASA Comet NEOWISE from International Space Station NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured this image of comet NEOWISE on 5 July 2020, while the station was above northern Iran. Want to see a comet? If you live in the northern hemisphere, use binoculars to look low in the northeastern sky before sunrise for comet NEOWISE—formally C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE). For southern hemispherians, the comet isn’t visible so you’ll have to settle for this spectacular view of it from the International Space Station. NEOWISE was discovered by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey E...
Languages Will Change Significantly on Interstellar Flights
NASA, Science

Languages Will Change Significantly on Interstellar Flights

Languages Will Change Significantly on Interstellar Flights It’s a captivating idea: build an interstellar ark, fill it with people, flora, and fauna of every kind, and set your course for a distant star! The concept is not only science fiction gold, its been the subject of many scientific studies and proposals. By building a ship that can accommodate multiple generations of human beings (aka. a Generation Ship), humans could colonize the known Universe. But of course, there are downsides to this imaginative proposal. During such a long voyage, multiple generations of people will be born and raised inside a closed environment. This could lead to all kinds of biological issues or mutations that we simply can’t foresee. But according to a new study by a team of linguistics professors, ther...
Curious about NASA’s next mission to the Red Planet – the Mars…
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Curious about NASA’s next mission to the Red Planet – the Mars…

Curious about NASA’s next mission to the Red Planet – the Mars... For Women’s History Month, NASA and the International Space Station celebrate the women who conduct science aboard the orbiting lab. As of March 2019, 63 women have flown in space, including cosmonauts, astronauts, payload specialists, and space station participants. The first woman in space was Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova who flew on Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963. The first American woman in space, Sally Ride, flew aboard the Space Shuttle STS-7 in June of 1983. If conducted as planned, the upcoming March 29 spacewalk with Anne McClain and Christina Koch would be the first all-female spacewalk. Women have participated in science on the space station since 2001; here are the most recent and some highlights from thei...
D.C. NASA Headquarters Renamed in Honor of Mary W. Jackson
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D.C. NASA Headquarters Renamed in Honor of Mary W. Jackson

D.C. NASA Headquarters Renamed in Honor of Mary W. Jackson [embedded content] Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters. That’s the new name of the NASA headquarters building in Washington, D.C. on “Hidden Figures Way,” announced NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Wednesday. Mary Winston Jackson (1921–2005) successfully overcame the barriers of segregation and gender bias to become a professional aerospace engineer and leader in ensuring equal opportunities for future generations. “Mary W. Jackson was part of a group of very important women who helped NASA succeed in getting American astronauts into space. Mary never accepted the status quo, she helped break barriers and open opportunities for African Americans and women in the field of engineering and technology,” Bridenstine said. Mary W. ...