October 17, 2021

Chinese astronauts ready for launch Friday on six-month space station flight

October 14, 2021

China’s first six-month human spaceflight mission, set to become a regular occurrence for the rest of the decade, is poised for launch Friday to kick off a trip to the country’s Tiangong space station. Chinese officials unveiled the astronauts for the Shenzhou 13 mission Thursday, publicly naming commander Zhai Zhigang to lead the crew. He will be joined by veteran astronaut Wang Yaping, who became the second Chinese woman to fly in space in 2013, and first-time space flier Ye Guangfu.

Live coverage: Soyuz launches with 36 more OneWeb satellites

October 14, 2021

A Russian Soyuz rocket loaded with 36 OneWeb internet satellites launched Thursday from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East. Liftoff occurred at 5:40 a.m. EDT (0940 GMT), beginning a four-hour mission to deploy the 36 spacecraft into polar orbit.

Blue Origin sends William Shatner to the final frontier

October 13, 2021

William Shatner, the 90-year-old veteran of countless imaginary space voyages playing Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, blasted off for real Wednesday, becoming the oldest person to reach the final frontier in a PR bonanza for Jeff Bezos and his rocket company Blue Origin.

Live coverage: Shatner, co-passengers ride Blue Origin rocket to space

October 13, 2021

Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket launched from West Texas at 10:49 a.m. EDT (9:49 a.m. CDT; 1449 GMT), carrying actor William Shatner, Planet co-founder Chris Boshuizen, microbiologist Glen de Vries, and Blue Origin vice president Audrey Powers on a 10-minute suborbital flight to space.

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