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Blue Origin plans to launch largest crew yet Saturday

Blue Origin plans to launch largest crew yet Saturday

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Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rocket company plans to launch six people, its largest crew yet, including the daughter of late astronaut Alan Shepard and ABC News anchor Michael Strahan, into space Saturday from Texas. Blue Origin plans liftoff of the New Shepard rocket on its NS-19 mission at 8:45 a.m. CST from its Corn Ranch spaceport 160 miles east of El Paso. Launch personnel postponed a launch Wednesday because of high winds in the area. Previous launches in July and October carried Bezos and William Shatner, 90, respectively. Bezos also invited former aviator Wally Funk, 82, to fly with him in July. Those previous crews were composed of four people. Let's light this candle! We put Alan Shepard's famous words on the crew access gantry for the astronauts to see just before ...
Blue Origin launches, recovers capsule with more space tourism amenities

Blue Origin launches, recovers capsule with more space tourism amenities

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Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' rocket company, Blue Origin, successfully launched and recovered a new capsule Thursday that includes new amenities for space tourists. The uncrewed flight lifted off at 12:19 p.m. EST from the company's Corn Ranch spaceport about 150 miles east of El Paso, Texas. About 11 minutes later, the booster and capsule had returned safely to the dusty West Texas soil. Advertisement The NS-14 mission is the 14th flight of a suborbital New Shepard rocket. The capsule is outfitted with improved acoustics to dampen the roar, better interior temperature regulation, crew display panels, and speakers with a microphone and push-to-talk button at each seat, the company said. "You've seen in there the white acoustic paneling -- that's to dampen any engine noises ...
Blue Origin to launch rocket with more space tourism amenities

Blue Origin to launch rocket with more space tourism amenities

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Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' rocket company, Blue Origin, plans to test launch a new capsule from Texas on Thursday that includes new amenities for space tourists. The uncrewed flight is scheduled for liftoff at 10:45 a.m. EST at the company's Corn Ranch spaceport about 150 miles east of El Paso. Advertisement The NS-14 mission is the 14th flight of a suborbital New Shepard rocket. The capsule is outfitted with improved acoustics to dampen the roar, better interior temperature regulation, crew display panels, and speakers with a microphone and push-to-talk button at each seat, the company said.[embedded content] "The mission will also test a number of astronaut communication and safety alert systems," according to Blue Origin's launch announcement. The goal is to sell tic...
NASA chooses SpaceX, Blue Origin to build Artemis human lunar landers

NASA chooses SpaceX, Blue Origin to build Artemis human lunar landers

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April 30 (UPI) -- SpaceX, Blue Origin and Huntsville, Ala.-based Dynetics will build human lunar landing systems for its planned Artemis moon landing program, NASA announced Thursday. Artemis is a mission to land the first woman and next man on the surface of the moon by 2024. The total combined value for all awarded contracts is $ 967 million for the 10-month base period. "This is the first time since the Apollo era that NASA has direct funding for a human landing system, and now we have companies on contract to do the work for the Artemis program," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said. According to NASA, Blue Origin of Kent, Wash., will develop a three-stage lander to be launched on its own New Glenn rocket and the United Launch Alliance Vulcan rocket. Both rockets are being develop...
Climate change: Blue skies pushed Greenland ‘into the red’

Climate change: Blue skies pushed Greenland ‘into the red’

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While high temperatures were critical to the melting seen in Greenland last year, scientists say that clear blue skies also played a key role. In a study, they found that a record number of cloud free days saw more sunlight hit the surface while snowfall was also reduced.These conditions were due to wobbles in the fast moving jet stream air current that also trapped heat over Europe. As a result, Greenland's ice sheet lost an estimated 600 billion tonnes.Current climate models don't include the impact of the wandering jet stream say the authors, and may be underestimating the impact of warming.Greenland's ice sheet is seven times the area of the UK and up to 2-3km thick in places. It stores so much frozen water that if the whole...