NASA, Axiom Sign Second Private Astronaut Mission to Space Station Order

NASA and Axiom Space have signed a mission order for the second private astronaut mission to the International Space Station to take place in the second quarter of 2023. “With each new step forward, we are working together with commercial space companies and growing the economy in low-Earth orbit,” said Phil McAlister, director of commercial space at […]

Northrop Grumman and STAR HARBOR to Collaborate on Commercial Space Station Research and Astronaut Training

Northrop Grumman and STAR HARBOR to Collaborate on Commercial Space Station Research and Astronaut Training

Northrop Grumman and STAR HARBOR announced a collaboration for market research and the early development of an astronaut training curricula for Northrop Grumman’s space station concept. In December 2021 Northrop Grumman signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA under the Commercial Low-Earth Orbit Development program for $125.6 million to design a safe, reliable and cost-effective commercial […]

ESA names first ‘astronaut’ to fly on the Artemis I lunar mission

ESA names first ‘astronaut’ to fly on the Artemis I lunar mission

The specially trained woolly astronaut, Shaun the Sheep, has been assigned a seat on the Artemis I mission to the Moon. Shaun’s assignment was announced by ESA’s Director for Human and Robotic Exploration Dr David Parker. David Parker said, “Shaun’s mission assignment rounds off the first phase for the latest members of our astronaut corps, […]

NASA Astronaut Shane Kimbrough to Retire

NASA Astronaut Shane Kimbrough to Retire

NASA’s Shane Kimbrough is retiring after 22 years, including 18 years as an astronaut. His last day with the agency is Sunday, July 31. The retired U.S. Army colonel spent 388 days in space, landing him fifth on the list of record holders for cumulative time in space for all NASA astronauts. He was the fourth person […]

Post-flight Interview with ESA Astronaut Matthias Maurer

Post-flight Interview with ESA Astronaut Matthias Maurer

Interview with ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer after the conclusion of his 177-day mission on the International Space Station. During his time in orbit, Matthias supported over 35 European experiments and even more international experiments on board. The outcomes of these experiments will advance our knowledge in areas ranging from human health to materials science, benefiting […]

President Biden: NASA to Welcome Japanese Astronaut Aboard Gateway

President Biden: NASA to Welcome Japanese Astronaut Aboard Gateway

President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met in Tokyo Monday where they announced progress on collaboration for human and robotic lunar missions. They confirmed their commitment to include a Japanese astronaut aboard the lunar Gateway outpost and their shared ambition to see a future Japanese astronaut land on the Moon as part of NASA’s […]

ESA Astronaut Alexander Gerst prepping for lunar orbit

Alexander Gerst

Adapted from the ESA Science & Technology page. ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst visited Thales Alenia Space in Turin recently to test out and provide feedback on accommodations for the next human outpost in space, the lunar Gateway.   As the name implies, the Gateway will be located within the Moon’s orbit and is being built […]

NASA astronaut to stay on ISS for nearly a year

NASA astronaut to stay on ISS for nearly a year

NASA confirmed Sept. 14 that one its astronauts, Mark Vande Hei, will remain on the International Space Station until next March, setting an American spaceflight duration record in the process.