NASA's Artemis 1 moon rocket to roll out Aug. 18 for lunar launch

The agency hopes to launch the epic moon mission 11 days later, on Aug. 29

The Artemis 1 stack will make the roughly 4-mile (6.4 kilometers) journey from Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Complex 39B on Aug. 18, NASA confirmed on Friday. The rollout will keep Artemis 1 on track to launch on a weeks-long uncrewed journey around the moon no earlier than Aug. 29

space.com/nasa-artemis-1-moon-

New Shepard launches 6th suborbital crewed flight

Blue Origin has launched six more space tourists to space onboard New Shepard for the NS-22 mission.

The suborbital mission lifted off on August 4 at 8:57 AM from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One located near the town of Van Horn, Texas.

In addition to this mission being the 22nd flight for both Blue Origin and the launch vehicle, it is also the 3rd mission for Blue Origin this year.

source: nasaspaceflight.com/2022/08/ns

SpaceX launches South Korea's 1st-ever moon mission, lands rocket at sea

The Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter named Danuri lifted off today (Aug. 4) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, kicking off South Korea's 1st-ever deep-space mission.

The test lunar orbiter carry a total of six payloads - experiments. Five developed by Korea and one from NASA.

Danuri will use a ballistic lunar transfer pathway, eventually arriving in lunar orbit in mid-December

space.com/spacex-launches-sout

China launches carbon and ecosystem monitoring satellite

It was the 100th consecutive successful liftoff for the Long March rocket family.

China launched a carbon and ecosystem monitoring satellite and two smaller payloads with the country's 28th launch of 2022 late on Wednesday Aug. 3.

Liftoff of the Long March 4B rocket carrying the three satellites occurred on Wednesday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China.

source: space.com/china-launches-carbo

An Atlas V rocket launch a missile warning satellite for US Space Force on Thursday morning (Aug. 4)

United Launch Alliance will launch a satellite for the US Space Force

A 59 meters Atlas V rocket is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The rocket will carry the Space-Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Flight 6 satellite into orbit, completing new critical missile detection and early warning system

source: space.com/atlas-v-rocket-sbirs

Russia launched potential inspector satellite on Soyuz-2.1v from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome

The payload is a satellite by the Russian Defense Ministry, with an unknown purpose.

The rocket itself is 44 meters tall with a diameter of three meters. At liftoff, it has a mass of 158,000 kg. The rocket can bring up to 2,850 kg to LEO.

source: nasaspaceflight.com/2022/08/po

Rocket Lab launch a US spy satellite early Tuesday morning Aug. 2

An Electron booster is scheduled to launch a payload for the US National Reconnaissance Office NRO from Rocket Lab's New Zealand site on Tuesday

Tuesday morning's mission will loft a national security satellite that's a joint effort of the NRO and the Australian Department of Defence

An Electron recently launched 's CAPSTONE probe to the moon and aims to send life-hunting mission to Venus

space.com/rocket-lab-spy-satel

On August 20, 1977, NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched to space. Its twin, Voyager 1, launched 16 days later. Today, they are not only the most distant man-made objects — at 19.3 billion and 23.3 billion kilometers away from Earth, respectively — but also NASA's longest-operating mission, continuing to send back data from their interstellar journeys toward the edge of the solar system as they approach their 45th birthdays.

source: space.com/voyager-spacecraft-p

Blue Origin will launch its sixth human spaceflight next week

Jeff Bezos' company is targeting Thursday (Aug. 4) for the next space-tourism mission of its New Shepard vehicle, which will send six people to suborbital space and back.

The mission — known as NS-22, because it will be the 22nd New Shepard flight, crewed or uncrewed — is scheduled to launch Thursday from Blue Origin's West Texas site.

source: space.com/blue-origin-august-4

NASA's Lunar Orbiter spots comfortably warm 'pits' all over the Moon

Shaded bits of lava tubes stay at 17°C all lunar day and all lunar night

source: theregister.com/2022/07/27/war

South Korea is ready to launch its 1st moon mission

The Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter named Danuri is scheduled to launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket next Tuesday (Aug. 2).

The test lunar orbiter will carry a total of six payloads - experiments. Five developed by Korea and one from NASA.

Danuri will use a ballistic lunar transfer pathway, eventually arriving in lunar orbit in mid-December.

source: space.com/south-korea-first-mo

NASA's flying robot helpers Honey, Bumble and Queen known as the Astrobees working alongside astronauts aboard the ISS.

First launched to space in 2018, each cube-shaped, 12.5-inch-wide member of the trio is responsible for aiding ISS dwellers with important -- yet often tedious -- tasks like taking inventory, documenting experiments with built-in cameras or transporting cargo throughout the station.

cnet.com/science/space/see-nas

United Arab Emirates astronaut will spend 6 months on the space station next year

Sultan AlNeyadi will fly to the ISS on SpaceX's Crew-6 mission for NASA, which is expected to launch in spring 2023.

Sultan AlNeyadi will be the first astronaut from an Arab nation to conduct a long-duration mission on the International Space Station.

source: space.com/uae-astronaut-sultan

SpaceX's Supersized Starship Rocket and the Future of Galactic Exploration - TED
youtu.be/Li7PsYiwxVc

Russian and European astronauts conduct rare joint spacewalk

Two astronauts — one European and one Russian — exited the airlock on the International Space Station for a spacewalk on Thursday to spend about seven hours working to install a 36-foot-long robotic arm on one of the space station's modules.

Spacewalks are a routine endeavor on the ISS, but they typically involve two Americans or Europeans, an American and a European, or two Russians working together.

source: edition.cnn.com/2022/07/21/tec

More helicopters look set to fly on Mars

The US and Europe are remodelling their plans to bring rock samples back from Mars, for study in Earth laboratories.

They hope to simplify the process, cut risk and cost using helicopters instead of a British-built "fetch rover".

source: bbc.co.uk/news/science-environ

SpaceX launch 53 Starlink satellites from Florida on Sunday

SpaceX will launch a batch of Starlink satellites on Sunday (July 24) in what will be the fifth launch for the program in July alone.

The company has a clutch of 53 Starlink internet satellites loaded aboard the Falcon 9 rocket that is scheduled to lift off

SpaceX is seeking to add to its 32 record launches in 2022 that it set just days ago with a Starlink launch on Friday (July 22).

source: space.com/spacex-starlink-grou

China launches 2nd space station module

Following the launch of the Wentian module early on Sunday, the 17.9 meters-long module will soon match the orbit of Tianhe, China's first space station module, which launched in April 2021.

A third, named Mengtian, is scheduled to launch in October and will complete the T-shaped Tiangong space station.
The completed Tiangong will be around 20% as massive as the ISS, which has a mass of about 460 tons. 

source: space.com/china-launches-space

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