Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft leaves moon’s orbit to head home

NASA’s Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft is coming home. The uncrewed Orion spacecraft successfully completed a lunar departure burn on Thursday (Dec. 1) to begin heading home after successful moon orbits. The burn began at 4:54 p.m. EST (2154 GMT) and lasted just under two minutes, according to NASA Television commentator Shaneequa Vereen.  “Orion has had … Read more

SpaceX astronaut missions for NASA: Crew-5 updates

Refresh 2022-12-01T16:33:32.596Z SpaceX plans to build fifth and final Crew Dragon for ISS missions SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Freedom spacecraft docked at the International Space Station with black space behind. (Image credit: NASA) SpaceX plans to supply a fifth (and final) Crew Dragon for International Space Station astronaut missions “in the 2024 timeframe”, officials said during … Read more

China has 6 astronauts in space for the 1st time

China currently has six astronauts in orbit for the first time as the country carries out a space station crew handover. Three astronauts launched aboard the Shenzhou 15 spacecraft on Tuesday (Nov. 29) and docked with the Tiangong space station 6.5 hours later. Chen Dong, commander of the three-person Shenzhou 14 crew already aboard the … Read more

Solar storm from ‘canyon-like’ hole in the sun could hit Earth as soon as Thursday (Dec. 1)

A “canyon-like” hole in the sun’s atmosphere has opened up and may launch a high-speed stream of solar wind into Earth’s magnetic field from Thursday (Dec. 1) to Friday (Dec. 2), and will possibly cause a minor geomagnetic storm, according to spaceweather.com (opens in new tab). The coronal hole is a gigantic solar gulf stretching … Read more