Sat. Dec 4th, 2021

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 Landing and Crew-3 Launch

The International Space Station welcomed four new crew members with the arrival of the SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts on Thursday, Nov. 11, less than 24 hours after lifting off from our Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Launching Wednesday, Nov. 10, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket propelled the Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft with NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, and Kayla Barron, as well as ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer, into orbit to begin a six-month science mission on the space station. 

The SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts safely splashed down into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida Monday, Nov. 8, aboard the Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft. NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet spent 199 days in orbit, setting a record for the longest spaceflight by a U.S. crewed spacecraft.

Throughout their mission, the Crew-2 astronauts contributed to a host of scientific investigations, maintenance activities, and technology demonstrations. In addition, they conducted four spacewalks and multiple public engagement events while aboard the orbiting laboratory.

Explore Humans In Space – Throughout their mission, the Crew-2 astronauts contributed to a host of scientific investigations, maintenance activities, and technology demonstrations. In addition, they conducted four spacewalks and multiple public engagement events while aboard the orbiting laboratory.

Welcome Aboard – NASA’s deputy administrator and former astronaut Pamela A. Melroy is joining the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. This Saturday, Nov. 13, watch live coverage of the ceremony at our Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

Sustainable Aviation – A new experiment on fuel emissions conducted by NASA, Boeing, and Aerodyne Research yielded promising results that could be an important step in building a more sustainable future for aviation. 

Going to the Moon – The Moon has inspired and beckoned generations to explore. Our Artemis I mission will forge a new path to the Moon, charting a course for a diverse generation of explorers.

Even though Artemis I will be uncrewed, several important passengers will be aboard. As part of partnerships with LEGO Education and Peanuts Worldwide, four LEGO minifigures and Astronaut Snoopy will soon be heading to the Moon. 

These cosmic ribbons of gas have been left behind by a titanic stellar explosion called a supernova. Our Hubble Space Telescope took this image while searching for surviving companions of white dwarf stars that went supernova in the Large Magellanic Cloud.Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and Y. Chou (Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics); Processing: Gladys Kober (NASA/Catholic University of America)

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