That Time Pizza Hut Delivered to the ISS

The year is 2000. The dawn of the new millennium. Our chilling in the basement. Mom left $20 on the table to order pizza. Pick up the phone and call Pizza Hut right? Right. But what if you are a Russian cosmonaut, floating in space in the brand new, 16 nation International Space Station? There’s no pizza in space right? In July of 2000, the standard for pizza delivery was thrust through the stratosphere. The plan was to send a 6 inch pepperoni pizza to the space station on board the new Zvezda service module. The American built Unity module and the Russian module Zarya were already in orbit awaiting the delivery. In the months leading up to the launch, the pepperoni was swapped for salami. T

SpaceX successfully deploys their second set of Starlink Satellites.

Photo: Kevin Quick // Spaceflight News This morning at 9:56am ET, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Cape Canaveral, FL, carrying another batch of 60 Starlink satellites into Low Earth Orbit. This Falcon 9 included a reused first stage as well as a pair of reused fairings, which were recovered from the sea from the Falcon Heavy ArabSat-6A mission. The first stage was previously flown on the Iridium-7, SAOCOM-1A, and Nusantara Satu missions, making this the first time SpaceX has reused a first stage booster 4 times. The first stage also successfully landed on the droneship “Of Course I Still love You” (OCISLY) roughly 8 minutes after launch, stationed o

SpaceX Will Be Launching it’s Next Batch of Starlink Satellites Tomorrow

SpaceX plans to launch a Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket tomorrow morning. Inside the fairing will be 60 Starlink satellites that will lay the (groundwork) for the (company’s) massive Starlink constellation program. These sixty satellites, along with another 11,540 planned satellites will bring internet to even the most remote places on earth by 2024. The company says it only needs a couple hundred to begin providing internet on Earth. SpaceX has recently applied for an additional 30,000 Starlink satellites to be added totaling 40,000. The launch, which is scheduled for 9:51am, is a new milestone for two additional reasons. The fairing for the rocket, which is a 2 part clam shell that protects the s

4 Astronauts May Spend 2 Weeks on Lunar Surface

Last week at the 2019 annual meeting of Lunar Exploration and Analysis Group (LEAG) NASA spokespersons casually mentioned a mission in the works that would have 4 astronauts spend 2 weeks on the surface of the moon. Currently the mission is unnamed but it is likely to occur near 2030. This announcement comes as a surprise to many. The current record for longest lunar excursion is Apollo 17’s 3 day stint. NASA is already looking for possible landing sites near the South Pole where they believe frozen ice may be. Water on the Lunar surface is integral to long term survival on the moon. NASA’s goal of a 2 week lunar excursion may seem lofty, but it serves a larger purpose. John Connelly spoke a

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