Space Flight

Stunning Footage from SpaceShipTwo’s Third Rocket-Powered Flight

by Nancy Atkinson January 14, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Virgin Galactic released video from SpaceShipTwo’s flight test last Friday, January 10, 2014. This was the third supersonic, rocket-powered test of the Virgin Galactic system after dozens of successful subsonic test flights. The pilots Dave Mackay and Mark Stucky tested the […]

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How Long Does it Take to get to the Moon?

by Ian O'Neill November 7, 2013

This article was originally written in 2008, but we’ve now updated it with this spiffy new video. In a recent interview, Richard Branson outlined his vision for Virgin Galactic’s future. Once tourists are taken into Earth orbit, it seems possible that space hotels could be developed for longer stop-overs in space. He then went on […]

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Crew Launches to Space Station with Olympic Torch

by Nancy Atkinson November 6, 2013

Update: the crew has now arrived safely at the ISS. You can watch the arrival video below. Three new crew members are on their way to the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata and Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos launched on a Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft from […]

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ATV-4 ‘Einstein’ Says Goodbye to the Space Station

by Nancy Atkinson October 28, 2013

The Expedition 37 crew onboard the International Space Station closed the hatch and said goodbye to the ATV-4 “Albert Einstein” cargo ship early this morning, Oct. 28. Europe‚Äôs 4th Automated Transfer Vehicle undocked at 08:55 UTC (4:55 a.m. EDT). The cargo carrier was filled with trash and it will be deorbited on Nov. 2 for […]

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Video: Spider Flown in Space Has Trouble Readapting to Gravity

by Nancy Atkinson October 24, 2013

Astronauts have said adapting to weightlessness is much easier than readapting to gravity when they returned to Earth. Muscle weakness, wobbly legs, and feeling like the room is spinning is common after long duration spaceflight, not to mention the long-term issues like bone loss, diminished eyesight, and a heart that has to recondition itself to […]

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