Trump Wants Space Force By 2020, NASA Sends Spacecraft to ‘Touch the Sun’ + 3 More Space News of the Week

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First crew members for SpaceX and Boeing test flight

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Source: NASA

NASA announced the crew members for the first test flights of SpaceX and Boeing’s Commercial Crew spacecraft that is to take NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. These people will be the first passengers to test the spacecraft in 2019.

“Today, our country’s dreams of greater achievements in space are within our grasp,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “This accomplished group of American astronauts, flying on new spacecraft developed by our commercial partners Boeing and SpaceX, will launch a new era of human spaceflight. Today’s announcement advances our great American vision and strengthens the nation’s leadership in space.”

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will be the first crew members to travel aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule. Afterward, NASA will certify the Crew Dragon for future missions featured human beings.

NASA plans to launch the fastest spacecraft in history to ‘touch the sun’ 

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Source: NASA

NASA plans to launch a robot on Saturday that will fly closer to the sun than any mission in history.

The Parker Solar Probe will have to travel about 430,000 mph and use a high-tech heat shield to survive the trip. The probe is designed to study the sun’s ultra-hot outer atmosphere, called the corona, among other mysteries of our star.

The mission may help scientists predict space weather events that can wreak havoc on Earth.

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Source: Business Insider

The Parker Solar Probe (PSP) is scheduled to rocket toward space on Saturday, August 11. As of Thursday, meteorologists say there’s about a 70% chance the weather will cooperate for launch at 3:33 a.m. EDT — though NASA can fly the probe as late as August 23. Either way, it will lift off from a launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, riding atop a powerful Delta 4 Heavy rocket built by United Launch Alliance.

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

Perseid meteor shower is one of the best natural phenomena of the year that was seen this weekend by the whole world. Hope you caught at least a few of the shooting stars for yourself.

Trump wants to create Space Force by 2020

Vice President Mike Pence called Thursday for the establishment of a Space Force by 2020, while also announcing immediate steps the Department of Defense would take to reform how the military approaches space.

“The time has come to establish the Unites States Space Force,” Pence said in a speech to US military and civilian personnel at the Pentagon, citing threats from China and Russia.

“Our Administration will soon take action to implement these recommendations with the objective of establishing the United States Department of the Space Force by 2020,” Pence added.

In June, President Donald Trump said he was directing “the Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces,” during a speech at a meeting of the National Space Council.

Glorious proposed logos for Donald Trump’s Space Force

Following the announcement, internet users started to create their ideas for logos and some of them are really cool.


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