Billionaire hedge fund boss Ken Griffin paid $8 million to fly to space with Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin — but will donate his seat to a New York schoolteacher, report says
The crewed mission, on a reusable New Shepard launch vehicle, is set to take place in the first half of 2023, Bloomberg reported.news.yahoo.com
Missile attack on Kyiv was message from Russia, former U.S. defense official says
Russia launched missiles at the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv while the U.N. secretary-general was visiting. Anne-Marie Green and Vladimir Duthiers spoke with Mike Vickers, a former U.S. undersecretary of defense for intelligence, about the message Russia was trying to send and what it will take for the war in Ukraine to end.news.yahoo.com
SpaceX faces sexual harassment allegations from five former employees
A former SpaceX employee has published allegations of serial sexual harassment experienced during her time at Elon Musk's company even as four other former employees are citing firsthand experience of being harassed or seeing harassment at SpaceX.space.com
The revolutionary James Webb Space Telescope
It's the most ambitious, complex space observatory ever built – 100 times more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope, capable of seeing stars so distant, their light has been traveling for nearly 14 billion years. Correspondent David Pogue looks at the revolutionary James Webb Space Telescope, an infrared observatory whose scheduled launch next week will usher in a new era in our understanding of the origin and evolution of the cosmos.news.yahoo.com
Michael Strahan's Blue Origin Launch on New Shepard: Live updates
On Dec. 11, 2021, Blue Origin will launch former NFL football player and Good Morning America host Michael Strahan to space alongside five crewmates on the New Shepard rocket's NS-19 mission. Liftoff is set for 9:45 a.m. EST (1445 GMT) with a live webcast to begin at 8:15 a.m. EST (1315 GMT). Strahan will launch on a suborbital flight on New Shepard with Laura Shepard Churchley, eldest daughter of famed NASA astronaut Alan Shepard, and paying passengers Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick, Lane Bess and Cameron Bess.See the latest updates of Blue Origin's Michael Strahan launch here.space.com
Live stream: Blue Origin launches into space with William ‘Capt. Kirk’ Shatner onboard
Actor William Shatner and Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, will fly on board New Shepard NS-18. They will join crewmates Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries for the flight.
Blue Origin launches capsule to space with astronaut perks
In this image from video made available by Blue Origin, the company's New Shepard rocket lands after a test flight in West Texas on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (Blue Origin via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company launched a new capsule into space Thursday to test all the astronaut perks before people strap in. Thursday’s flight with a dummy named Mannequin Skywalker lasted 10 minutes and reached 66 miles (106 kilometers) above West Texas. Both the New Shepard rocket and the capsule landed successfully. It was the 14th flight to the fringes of space for a New Shepard rocket.
NASA moon-landing tech hitches ride to space on Bezos rocket
The sensors and computer — tested during the booster’s descent and touchdown — will hitch another suborbital ride with Blue Origin. Led by Amazon founder Bezos, Washington state-based Blue Origin is leading a team of companies to develop a lunar lander for astronauts. Tuesday’s launch was the first in nearly a year for Blue Origin: The pandemic stalled operations. Blue Origin said its staff is maintaining social distancing and taking other safety measures. Blue Origin said it needs a couple more flights before launching people — tourists, scientists and professional astronauts — on short hops.
Richard Branson plans to take Virgin Galactic public
The Virgin Galactic VMS Mothership "Eve," also known as "WhiteKnightTwo." MOJAVE, Calif. - Richard Branson is preparing Virgin Galactic for a public listing. The billionaire's space tourism company will go public as part of a deal with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings, according to the Wall Street Journal. Hundreds of people are lined up to ride a short high-speed trip aboard a Virgin Galactic space plane and have agreed to pay $200,000 to $250,000 per seat. Bezos has also spent years working on its space tourism plans, and Blue Origin is expected to compete directly with Virgin Galactic in that business.