September 19, 2021
Mission Reports

Four civilian space travelers back on Earth after landmark flight

September 18, 2021

Four civilian space travelers rode a SpaceX capsule through a blazing re-entry back into Earth’s atmosphere Saturday evening and safely splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean northeast of Cape Canaveral, completing a historic 71 hours in space as the first privately-funded, non-government crew to fly in orbit.

  • Chinese crew landing caps record-setting day in human spaceflight

    September 17, 2021

    Three Chinese astronauts landed in the remote Gobi Desert of northwestern China Friday, returning to Earth after a three-month mission on the new Tiangong space station, and ending a historic day in spaceflight that set a new record with 14 people in low Earth orbit.

  • Live coverage: Chinese astronauts return to Earth

    September 17, 2021

    Three Chinese astronauts have returned to Earth in their Shenzhou 12 capsule to conclude a three-month expedition on China’s Tiangong space station. Landing in China’s remote Gobi Desert occurred around 1:34 a.m. EDT (0534 GMT) Friday.

  • Shenzhou crew departs Chinese space station, heads for Earth

    September 16, 2021

    China’s three-man Shenzhou 12 crew floated into their return craft and undocked from the Tiangong space station Wednesday, heading for landing in remote northwestern China to close out a three-month mission, the longest human flight to date in the country’s space program.

  • Photos: Inspiration4’s rocket ready for launch on pad 39A

    September 15, 2021

    Photographers visited launch pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center early Wednesday to set up remote cameras. Photographer Michael Cain captured these views of the 215-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft ahead of liftoff on the Inspiration 4 private crew mission.

  • Live coverage: Inspiration4 crew gives update on their mission

    September 15, 2021

    Four private citizens strapped into a Crew Dragon spacecraft Wednesday for the ride of their lives. The Inspiration4 mission, the first all-private, non-government human spaceflight ever to travel into orbit, blasted off from Kennedy Space Center on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 8:02 p.m. EDT Wednesday (0002 GMT Thursday). The crew members gave a live update on their mission at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) Friday.

  • With tenth launch, OneWeb nears halfway mark in deploying satellite fleet

    September 14, 2021

    A day after SpaceX launched 51 Starlink broadband satellites from California, a Russian Soyuz rocket fired into orbit Tuesday from a spaceport halfway around the world, shepherding 34 more satellites for the commercial internet network being constructed by rival OneWeb.

  • Live coverage: Soyuz rocket launches with more OneWeb satellites

    September 14, 2021

    The 10th launch for OneWeb’s internet network occurred at 2:07 p.m. EDT (1807 GMT) Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Another batch of 34 OneWeb satellites rode a Russian Soyuz rocket and Fregat upper stage into orbit.

  • Russian rocket ready for launch with 34 more Florida-built OneWeb satellites

    September 14, 2021

    A Russian Soyuz rocket is poised for lift off Tuesday from Kazakhstan with another 34 internet spacecraft for OneWeb, the company’s 10th launch since deployment of the satellite network began in 2019.

  • SpaceX launches first full batch of laser-equipped Starlink satellites

    September 14, 2021

    SpaceX delivered 51 more Starlink internet spacecraft to orbit Monday night with a successful Falcon 9 rocket launch from California, introducing new inter-satellite optical laser links to improve how the network relays broadband signals around the world.

  • All-civilian flight to orbit blazes new trail for charity with this week’s SpaceX launch

    September 13, 2021

    An all-civilian, non-astronaut crew,¬†including a childhood cancer survivor, is ready for blastoff this week on a history-making SpaceX flight. Launch is scheduled for Wednesday evening for the first fully commercial, non-government flight to orbit, a charity-driven mission proponents say will open the door for “everyday people” to fly in space.

  • Russia launches classified military satellite

    September 13, 2021

    A classified Russian military satellite, possibly designed with a new miniature reconnaissance camera, launched Sept. 9 on a single-core version of the Soyuz rocket.

  • Live coverage: SpaceX launches Starlink satellites from California

    September 13, 2021

    SpaceX began launching its next series of Starlink internet satellites Monday, when a Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Liftoff with 51 Starlink satellites occurred at 8:55 p.m. PDT (11:55 p.m. EDT) Monday, or 0355 GMT Tuesday.

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