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SpaceX’s first crewed mission is headed back to Earth. Here’s every step that must go perfectly for 2 NASA astronauts to come home safely.

NASA, SpaceX, and two veteran astronauts are about to finish the first-ever crewed commercial spaceflight mission. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley climbed back aboard the Crew Dragon from the International Space Station on Saturday, and they are preparing to weather a fiery fall through Earth’s atmosphere on Sunday afternoon. […]
SpaceX’s first crewed mission is headed back to Earth. Here’s every step that must go perfectly for 2 NASA astronauts to come home safely.
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‘One of the most difficult jobs in America’: NASA is now counting on Kathy Lueders, a 28-year space agency veteran, to land 2 astronauts on the moon in 2024

Under NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, two chiefs of the agency’s human spaceflight have departed within a year, including Bill Gerstenmaier and Doug Loverro. Last week, NASA announced Kathy Lueders – a 28-year agency veteran and leader of the program overseeing SpaceX’s first crewed flight to orbit – would now lead […]
‘One of the most difficult jobs in America’: NASA is now counting on Kathy Lueders, a 28-year space agency veteran, to land 2 astronauts on the moon in 2024
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The Trump campaign removed a ‘make space great again’ video ad after former NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg called it ‘political propaganda’ for using images of her family

A video President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign called “make space great again” was removed from YouTube on Thursday. The video featured images from the historic NASA and SpaceX launch last week. Karen Nyberg, an astronaut and the wife of Doug Hurley, one of the two astronauts sent into space on […]
The Trump campaign removed a ‘make space great again’ video ad after former NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg called it ‘political propaganda’ for using images of her family
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SpaceX just launched 2 people into orbit for the first time, kicking off the rocket company’s most important mission since its founding 18 years ago

SpaceX has successfully launched into orbit its first human passengers: NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. The astronauts lifted off at 3:22 p.m. ET on Saturday while riding inside Crew Dragon, a new privately developed spaceship that Elon Musk’s rocket company made in part for NASA. However, the Demo-2 […]
SpaceX just launched 2 people into orbit for the first time, kicking off the rocket company’s most important mission since its founding 18 years ago
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NASA calculated how risky SpaceX’s first launch of humans could be, and the astronauts flying the space mission say they’re ‘really comfortable’ with those odds

SpaceX is preparing to fly its first humans to orbit aboard a new Crew Dragon spaceship. The Demo-2 mission, as it’s called, is a high-stakes test flight of the astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station. The mission on Friday passed a critical NASA safety review, […]
NASA calculated how risky SpaceX’s first launch of humans could be, and the astronauts flying the space mission say they’re ‘really comfortable’ with those odds
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‘This is the first time NASA has been in this situation’: NASA is forcing nearly all 17,000 of its staff to work from home after coronavirus cases appear at 2 space centres

NASA’s administrator, Jim Bridenstine, announced Tuesday that all staff were under a mandatory order to work from home “until further notice” amid the spread of the novel coronavirus in the US. NASA employs about 17,000 people, and only “mission-essential personnel” will be permitted at the space agency’s centres and facilities. […]
‘This is the first time NASA has been in this situation’: NASA is forcing nearly all 17,000 of its staff to work from home after coronavirus cases appear at 2 space centres
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NASA is investigating a potentially ‘catastrophic’ software error in Boeing’s spaceship, citing concerns about ‘systemic issues’ at the company

A NASA safety panel revealed on Thursday that it is investigating a potentially “catastrophic” software error that occurred during a crucial test flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, a spaceship designed to carry astronauts. NASA administrators said software errors were “only symptoms” of deeper problems with Boeing’s coding and possibly the […]
NASA is investigating a potentially ‘catastrophic’ software error in Boeing’s spaceship, citing concerns about ‘systemic issues’ at the company
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SpaceX just docked the first commercial spaceship built for astronauts to the International Space Station — what NASA calls a ‘historic achievement’

Elon Musk’s rocket company, SpaceX, on Saturday launched for the first time a commercial spaceship designed to fly NASA astronauts. The ship, called Crew Dragon, pulled off another first on Sunday morning: its first docking with the International Space Station. No people flew inside Crew Dragon (just cargo and a […]
SpaceX just docked the first commercial spaceship built for astronauts to the International Space Station — what NASA calls a ‘historic achievement’
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Boeing may have used a lobbying firm to plant a scathing opinion piece about SpaceX in US news outlets. At stake is billions of dollars in NASA contracts.

Boeing and SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket company, are competing for lucrative NASA contracts to launch astronauts into space. An opinion article criticising SpaceX and its rocket-fuelling procedures has appeared in multiple news outlets since July. A story by Ars Technica suggested that Boeing might be helping to place the opinion […]
Boeing may have used a lobbying firm to plant a scathing opinion piece about SpaceX in US news outlets. At stake is billions of dollars in NASA contracts.
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This seasoned NASA astronaut wore SpaceX and Boeing’s new spacesuits — here’s what she thinks of them

SpaceX and Boeing designed and built new spacesuits for NASA’s Commercial Crew program. Spacesuits can protect astronauts if a spaceship unexpectedly leaks or depressurizes. Sunita “Suni” Williams, who’s slated to fly inside the first commercial orbital spaceships, has worn SpaceX and Boeing‘s spacesuits. “They’re both better than suits that we’ve […]
This seasoned NASA astronaut wore SpaceX and Boeing’s new spacesuits — here’s what she thinks of them