NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) successfully launched on Wednesday (Nov. 24) at 1:21 a.m. EST on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. This is officially the first full-scale mission to test technology for defending Earth against potential asteroid or comet hazards.
Photo credit: Víctor Groten Rico
We know that SpaceX is set to eventually colonize Mars and once the first colony is being set up, we can expect lots of surface vehicles, most likely from Tesla. Industrial designer Victor Groten Rico envisions that one of them will look like the Tesla Module Rescue.
Wonder if the streaks of light you saw in the night sky at around 9pm PST in the Pacific Northwest were UFOs? Unfortunately (or fortunately), it was just debris cause by the breakup of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stage, left over from the Mar 4 Starlink launch that took place weeks ago. Just moments after the debris started burning up, countless video clips of the event found its way to social media platforms worldwide.
You’ve probably seen the SpaceX Starship in some form or another and wondered what the interior looked like? Well, since it’s intended to function both as a second stage to reach orbital velocity on launches from Earth, the upper stage could be used in outer space as an on-orbit long-duration spacecraft. Think of it as a high-tech space station designed for beyond Earth orbit (BEO) launches to Mars.
Photo credit: Space Perspective
Space Perspective aims to welcome passengers aboard Spaceship Neptune early next year, a pressurized capsule that will be carried to the edge of space by a giant balloon. The capsule will have enough room for a pilot and eight passengers, complete with plush seats, a bar, toilet and large floor-to-ceiling windows to help guests take in the breathtaking views.