A SpaceX drone ship has gone to the sea for the first of up to five Starlink launches planned in July.
Drone ship Just Read The Instructions (JRTI) was towed out of Port Canaveral, Florida on July 2nd, moving setting up SpaceX for its first launch of the second half of 2022. Headed around 664 kilometers (~413 mi) upper east into the Atlantic Ocean, the semi-autonomous modified barge is scheduled to help the Falcon 9 booster recovery portion of SpaceX’s 49th dedicated Starlink launch.
Several postponements and a pad change, launch photographer artist Ben Cooper reports that Starlink 4-21 – one more batch of roughly 53 Starlink V1.5 satellites – is scheduled to launch from SpaceX’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS) LC-40 cushion no sooner than (NET) 9am EDT (13:00 UTC), give or take, on Thursday, July 7th.
The mission will be drone ship JRTI’s 37th Falcon booster recovery attempt and, assuming that successful, its 34th consecutively successful booster landing since January 2017. Ideally going along with it in one piece will be Falcon 9 B1058, which will become the second sponsor to attempt a 13th orbital-class launch and landing when it takes off with Starlink 4-21 later this week. Hawk 9 B1060 turned into the first liquid rocket booster to finish 13 launches on June 17th.
Starlink 4-21 is the first of up to five Starlink launches purportedly planned July and was initially intended to launch from Kennedy Space Center’s LC-39A pad as soon as June 26th after SpaceX and NASA chose to fundamentally defer a Dragon launch intended to use a similar pad. SpaceX later decided to defer Starlink 4-21 to July 7th and shift it to LC-40 – a move probably intended to let free up Pad 39A for the postponed Dragon’s most recent mid-July launch target.
SpaceX has kept LC-40 perseveringly busy for the first half of 2022 and the pad hasn’t had over three weeks of break between launches since December 2021. It likewise supported consecutive launches on June 19th and 29th, probable explaining Starlink 4-21’s ~10-day delay.
LC-40 will track down no rest in July, all things considered. After Starlink 4-21, Next Spaceflight reports that SpaceX expects to launch Starlink 4-22 and 4-25 from LC-40 or Pad 39A not long after Cargo Dragon’s deferred CRS-25 space station resupply mission takes off around July 14th. On the West Coast, SpaceX will purportedly start launching an entirely different shell of polar-orbiting Starlink satellites with Starlink 3-1 on July 10th and, while improbable after the first mission’s new postponements, Starlink 3-2 before the end of the month.
NASA’s Artemis I Moon Mission Breaks the Record Set by Apollo 13
Washington: NASA’s unmanned Orion spacecraft has broken the previous record set in 1970 by the astronauts of the failed Apollo 13 Moon landing mission.
During the Artemis I mission, the unmanned Orion spacecraft from NASA travelled the furthest from Earth: 268,563 miles (432,210).
The previous record was established during the Apollo 13 mission, which was 400,171 kilometres (248,655 miles) from Earth.
NASA released a statement late on Monday saying, “The spacecraft also captured photos of Earth and the Moon together throughout the day, including of the Moon appearing to eclipse Earth.”
Soon, the spacecraft will use the Moon’s gravitational pull once more, together with a precisely planned lunar flyby burn, to hurl Orion back toward Earth in preparation for its December 11 splashdown in the Pacific.
The systems needed for astronauts to survive and breathe in outer space will be put to the test during the Artemis II mission.
The equipment needed for astronauts to survive and breathe in outer space will be put to the test during the Artemis II mission.
According to scientists, recent discoveries about an exoplanet made by NASA’s James Webb telescope could change the gam.
The exoplanet, known as Bocaparins, was found by NASA’s James Webb Telescope in August of this year. It is a planet outside of our solar system that is 700 light years from Earth. The exoplanet is almost as big as Saturn and much bigger than Earth. But this exoplanet is special because it is 8 times closer to its star than Mercury is to the Sun, making it a very near relative. Around 871 degrees Celsius of heat are produced by the star at the atmosphere’s surface.
Because of this, scientists have started to refer to it as the “Hot Saturn,” and the heat makes the gases that escape into its skies exist only as solitary molecules or in molecular form. In other words, its atmosphere is filled with a variety of gases, including mercury, sulphur, and many more. This has produced an incredibly precise chemical image that gives researchers the opportunity to examine each one separately, including any photochemistry brought on by the host star’s closeness.
According to researchers, this is the first time they have observed photochemistry in action. The ozone layer on Earth is produced in a similar way. Our ozone layer is a product of heat and sunshine working together. This, in their opinion, marks the start of a deeper knowledge of the atmospheres of exoplanets.
CRS-26 mission delayed until November 26 by NASA and SpaceX
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and SpaceX resupply mission for the International Space Station has been pushed back to November 26. Weather issues caused the CRS-26 mission, which was scheduled for November 22, to be postponed. This mission marks SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space company, 26th commercial resupply mission.
The agency now plans to debut on November 26 at 2:20 PM ET. The Kennedy Space Center in Florida’s Launch Complex 39A will serve as the spacecraft’s launch pad. The mission was already delayed from November 18 to November 22 because the Dragon spacecraft had a coolant leak.
7,700 pounds of supplies, machinery, and other scientific experiments will be carried by SpaceX’s Dragon spaceship. The Harmony module of the International Space Station will be reached by the spaceship on its own. The next two Roll Out Solar Arrays for the International Space Station are part of the cargo (iROSAs). The scientific laboratory on board the power is anticipated to greatly increase thanks to the arrays.
Four CubeSats from the NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites, or ELaNa, programme are also included. Among these is Measurement of Actuator Response in Orbit (MARIO), which will add telescopes to an existing CubeSat, Research and Education Vehicle for Evaluating Radio Broadcasts (TJREVERB), developed by high school students to test the strength of iridium radio signals, Scintillation Prediction Observation Research Task (SPORT), a joint Brazilian-American scientific investigation into the formation of plasma bubbles, and petiSAT, which will examine the impact of plasma bubbles on communication signals, GPS, and radar signals
After dropping off the payload, the Dragon spacecraft will return to the planet in a controlled fall with the reusable Falcon 9 payload.
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