Inspiration4: Meet the crew of SpaceX’s first all-civil orbital mission

Ever since SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk, announced it intended to launch the first all-civil spaceflight mission on September 15, there has been curiosity about those who signed up for this potentially historic season. Four citizens will fly into space and spend three days there as part of the aptly named “Inspiration4” space mission, also … Read more

Virgin Galactic will launch Unity 23, its first commercial research mission, with the Italian Air Force soon

Virgin Galactic is launching its first commercial research mission called “Unity 23” together with the Italian Air Force to the edge of space, the agency said on Thursday. The space travel company has set late September or early October as the time for the mission that will take three paying air crew and the Rome-based … Read more

Russia postpones lunar mission because of problems during testing of the Lua-25 spacecraft

Russia revealed on Tuesday that it had postponed its first mission to the lunar surface in decades as a result of “problems” encountered during testing of the Luna-25 spacecraft. The country’s space agency, Roscosmos, announced last week that the mission – originally scheduled for Oct. 1 – from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Far East … Read more