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Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rocket crashes minutes after lift-off, no people aboard
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Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rocket crashes minutes after lift-off, no people aboard

The flight had 36 experiments to be exposed to a few minutes of weightlessness, half of which were sponsored by NASA, mostly by students

Explained: How the world’s first space hotel plans on replicating the Earth’s gravity in space
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Explained: How the world’s first space hotel plans on replicating the Earth’s gravity in space

Regular, untrained human beings have extreme difficulty adjusting to zero gravity for long periods of time. An American startup, which is also planning to launch the first hotel in space, says they will also be duplicating the Earth’s gravity. Here’s how.

As space travel picks up pace it's time to explore what may happen to our bodies if we die there
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As space travel picks up pace it's time to explore what may happen to our bodies if we die there

Temperature is a key factor in decomposition. On the Moon, for example, temperatures can range from 120°C to -170°C. Bodies could therefore show signs of heat-induced change or freezing damage

Star Trek's Captain Kirk actor William Shatner to journey to space next week in Blue Origins' second flight
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Star Trek's Captain Kirk actor William Shatner to journey to space next week in Blue Origins' second flight

Jeff Bezos is a huge fan of the sci-fi series and even had a cameo as a high-ranking alien in the 2016 film “Star Trek Beyond” so his company invited Shatner to fly as its guest.

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to launch its second space flight on 12 October with Capitan Kirk onboard
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Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to launch its second space flight on 12 October with Capitan Kirk onboard

While Blue Origin did reveale the names of two members of the four-person crew it did not confirm whether William Shatner would be on the flight.

Billionaires take joyrides to space while millions starve, says UN chief Antonio Guterres
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Billionaires take joyrides to space while millions starve, says UN chief Antonio Guterres

In his opening speech to the General Assembly, a grim Guterres highlighted the gap between the rich and poor with “billionaires joyriding to space while millions go hungry on Earth.”

Private enterprises to take over building GSLV-Mk III and SSLV rockets for the space department
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Private enterprises to take over building GSLV-Mk III and SSLV rockets for the space department

The industrialisation of space activities is gaining momentum in India.

Inspiration4 crew tell us what it is like to live in SpaceX's Crew Dragon for three days while orbiting Earth
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Inspiration4 crew tell us what it is like to live in SpaceX's Crew Dragon for three days while orbiting Earth

"My favorite space food is pizza which I had yesterday and I'll probably have for dinner tonight also," said Sian Proctor, who is a geology teacher and was a NASA astronaut finalist.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter to break down just how rich is Jeff Bezos
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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter to break down just how rich is Jeff Bezos

Tyson had also said that neither Branson nor Bezos actually went to space since it was just a suborbital flight.

Amazonification of space has begun with private players making space travel accessible
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Amazonification of space has begun with private players making space travel accessible

The people who sold you the internet will now sell you the moon and the stars.

ISRO successfully conducts hot test of its Vikas engine for Gaganyaan
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ISRO successfully conducts hot test of its Vikas engine for Gaganyaan

The test was done for the core L110 liquid stage of the human-rated GSLV MkIII vehicle, as part of the engine qualification requirements for the Gaganyaan programme.

Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos have opened up space for travel but not everyone can access it
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Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos have opened up space for travel but not everyone can access it

Many private players are trying to make inroads into the space industry but the cost of travelling into the unknown is still very steep making it inaccessible for many.

An aerospace engineer explains what is a suborbital flight and why they matter
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An aerospace engineer explains what is a suborbital flight and why they matter

Conceptually, the flights that Branson and Bezos will be on are not terribly different from a baseball thrown into the air.

ISRO struggles with Gaganyaan's uncrewed flights deadline as lockdown disrupts its schedule
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ISRO struggles with Gaganyaan's uncrewed flights deadline as lockdown disrupts its schedule

As part of the mandate of Gaganyaan, two uncrewed flights are planned to test the end-to-end capacity for the manned mission.

Virgin Galactic overcomes final hurdle, gets FAA's nod to launch customers to space
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Virgin Galactic overcomes final hurdle, gets FAA's nod to launch customers to space

Spokeswoman Aleanna Crane said that there are no details on possible flight dates for Sir Richard Branson’s company.

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos to fly to space with brother Mark on 20 July: All you need to know
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Amazon boss Jeff Bezos to fly to space with brother Mark on 20 July: All you need to know

Although he is not the only billionaire with an interest in space, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is set to become the richest man to head into the great nothingness when he takes off on a rocket made by his own company in July.

Astronauts can expect shrinking hearts, other changes from long stints in low gravity
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Astronauts can expect shrinking hearts, other changes from long stints in low gravity

Astronaut Scott Kelly's heart shrunk considerably despite exercising almost every day, which worked to stop bone & muscle wasting.

SuperCam on-board NASA's Perseverance rover collected its first samples on Mars
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SuperCam on-board NASA's Perseverance rover collected its first samples on Mars

The laser can zap objects smaller than a pencil point as far away as seven metres and observes spots beyond the reach of the rover's arm.

Hits and misses: Will all the risks SpaceX is taking to test its Starship rocket pay off?
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Hits and misses: Will all the risks SpaceX is taking to test its Starship rocket pay off?

Starship can carry some 100 tons of material into space, with SpaceX calling it "the world's most powerful launch vehicle ever developed.

Terrestrial microbes could survive briefly on Mars, be a food source for astronauts: Study
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Terrestrial microbes could survive briefly on Mars, be a food source for astronauts: Study

The endurance of some microbes to conditions on Mars were tested by launching them into Earth's stratosphere, which closely represents that on Mars.