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SpaceX Falcon  Rocket Moon Collision NASA
A SpaceX Falcon 9 booster that was launched back in February 2015 as part of a mission to send a climate observation satellite 930,000 miles has been drifting around space in a chaotic orbit for nearly the past 7-years. If all goes as planned, it will impact the far side of the moon while traveling at 5,771 mph on March 4, 2022. It helped launch the Deep Space Climate Observatory, a satellite designed to monitor both solar storms as well as Earth’s climate, to a gravity-neutral Lagrange point between the sun and Earth. Read more for a video news report and additional information.

Elon Musk SpaceX Starship Rocket Launch and Catch Tower
Early last year, Elon Musk said that SpaceX planned to use a launch and catch tower for its Super Heavy rocket using a special arm, using the grid fins to take the load. This makes it a more cost-effective measure as it would save on mass and the cost of installing legs on the Starship booster. Today, he provided a first look at the actual tower and its clamp-style arms that will catch the first stage booster. Read more for the video and a bonus.

NASA IXPE Black Hole X-Ray Telescope SpaceX Falcon 9
NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission successfully launched at 1 a.m. EST Thursday aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This astrophysics mission will allow researchers to discover never before seen details of some of the most exotic astronomical objects in our universe. It’s also the first satellite mission dedicated to measuring the polarization of X-rays from a variety of cosmic sources, or the intrinsic characteristic of light that can vary as it travels through different environments. Read more for two videos and additional information.

Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa ISS Trip Tourist
Two space tourists, with one of them being Japanese billionaire Yasaku Maezawa, have successfully arrived at the International Space Station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The spacecraft’s other occupants are video producer Yozo Hirano and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, all of whom launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Wednesday at 2:38 a.m. EST (1738 GMT). Read more for videos of the launch and the trio greeting the ISS crew.

Rocket Lab Archimedes Engine Neturon
Rocket Lab has just revealed new details about its next generation Neutron launch vehicle, which builds upon the company’s Electron launch vehicle, the second most frequently launched US rocket annually since 2019. Neutron is claimed to be the world’s first carbon composite large launch vehicle, which means that its lightweight, strong and can withstand the immense forces of launch and re-entry. Read more for a video and additional information.

NASA Double Asteroid Redirection Test DART SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch
NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission successfully launched on Wednesday at 1:21 a.m. EST aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. DART is set to impact a known asteroid that is not a threat to Earth with the goal of slightly changing its motion in a way that can be accurately measured using ground-based telescopes. Read more for two videos, including the launch, and additional information.

Doughnut UFO Unidentified Flying Object Switzerland SpaceX
H/t: Live Science
A photographer from Zurich, Switzerland captured a bizarre sight in the night sky on Monday, November 8th, and it resembles a doughnut. This unidentified flying object could have been mistaken for the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour capsule, which returned from a 200-day trip to the International Space Station, but only spectators in Alabama, Louisiana, and other Gulf states were able to get clear views of the capsule. Read more for another picture and a screenshot of the now deleted Tweet.

SpaceX Crew-3 Mission NASA Launch ISS
Photo credit: SpaceX
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 successfully lifted off at 9:03 p.m. EST from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying a crew of three NASA and one European Space Agency (ESA) astronauts on a 22-hour journey to the International Space Station, where they are set to stay for approximately 6-months. NASA says that this was the shortest turnaround between a splashdown and a launch in human spaceflight history, as only 48-hours separates the return of the previous crew. Read more for two videos and additional information.

Elon Musk SpaceX Gateway to Mars Starship
Elon Musk’s SpaceX is aiming to launch its first orbital Starship spaceflight by early 2022 and a new “Gateway to Mars” video shows the spacecraft, along with the Super Heavy booster, almost ready to go. Unlike the other Starship test flights, this one will be fueled by a 230-foot tall booster, with the bottom housing up to 33 sea-level optimized Raptor engines that produce 72 MN (16,000,000 lbf) of thrust during liftoff. Read more for the video and additional information.

Jared Isaacman SpaceX Astronaut Earth iPhone
Shift4 Payments CEO and commercial astronaut Jared Isaacman had plenty of camera equipment onboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule during the Inspiration4 mission, but for some shots, he opted to use an iPhone. The entire crew used several Apple products, including the Apple Watch Series 6, to conduct ultrasounds using iPhone 12 Pros and a Butterfly IQ+. When you’re traveling 357.3-miles above Earth, the cupola provides some pretty nice views, as you’re about to see. Read more for two videos and additional information.