Yuri's Night 2021: Celebrate 60 years of human spaceflight tonight with Bill Nye, astronauts, OK Go and more
Celebrate human spaceflight with Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye (the Science Guy), former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, the band OK Go, Inspiration4 astronaut Sian Proctor and other special guests this Saturday (April 10).space.com
Inspiring future space explorers: Q&A with former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin
Injuries soon derailed his gridiron dreams, however, so Melvin sought out even more rarefied air — a career as a NASA astronaut . Melvin began working at NASA as an engineer in 1989 and became a member of the astronaut corps in 1998. In that latter year, he also orchestrated the most beloved official NASA astronaut photo of all time , a playful shot that cedes the spotlight to Melvin's two affectionate dogs, Jake and Scout. Related: How Leland Melvin went from the NFL to space (exclusive video)He then transitioned to a career in education. Varsity Tutors is helping me do my part, to inspire the next generation.space.com
SpaceX opens era of amateur astronauts, cosmic movie sets
Amateur astronauts, private space stations, flying factories, out-of-this-world movie sets this is the future the space agency is striving to shape as it eases out of low-Earth orbit and aims for the moon and Mars. But the future is incredibly exciting, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren said the day before SpaceXs historic liftoff. The ticket price which includes 15 weeks of training and more than a week at the space station is about $55 million. Beginning in 2024, Axiom plans to build its own addition to the 260-mile-high (420-kilometer-high) outpost to accommodate its private astronauts. SpaceX still has to get NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken safely back to Earth this summer in its Dragon capsule.