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November: What's New in Space Exploration This Month?

It’s a November to remember in space. Here are some exciting space exploration highlights to look forward too!

November 03, 2020

1. SpaceX will launch another satellite for the U.S. Space Force

On November 5, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set to launch a fourth third-generation navigation satellite known as GPS 3 SV04 for a Global Positioning System in connection with Space Force. It will blast off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

2. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission scheduled to launch this month

The assigned NASA astronauts for SpaceX’s first operational crewed mission are Crew Dragon commander Michael Hopkins, pilot Victor Glover, and mission specialist Shannon Walker along with mission specialist Soichi Noguchi from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). These four astronauts are currently scheduled to launch on November 15 in a brand-new Crew Dragon spacecraft from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for a six month stay aboard the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, Cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov, and Cosmonaut Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, who arrived to the ISS on October 14, plan to welcome the four space explorers on November 16 when they dock with the station in their Crew Dragon capsule, Resilience.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts participate in crew equipment interface testing at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on Sept. 24, 2020.

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NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts participate in crew equipment interface testing at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on Sept. 24, 2020.

3. A $23 million-dollar space toilet aboard the ISS awaits remaining crew members

Last month, NASA launched an expensive Universal Waste Management System to the International Space Station. The crew of Expedition 63 installed the compact and self-contained white cylinder in anticipation for the seven crew members of Expedition 64. It is said to be a better experience for female astronauts who need to use the loo. NASA astronauts Kate Rubins and Shannon Walker will be the judge of its improved design.

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4. Crew Dragon commander Michael Hopkins is joining the U.S. Space Force

It has been announced that a swearing-in ceremony may happen in orbit as NASA astronaut and U.S. Air Force colonel, Michael Hopkins, is set to become the first active astronaut member in the newly formed military branch of Space Force. Space Force was established within the Air Force on December 20, 2019, under the United States Space Force Act.

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Robert Markowitz/NASA

5. Virgin Galactic welcomes two more pilots as it readies for commercial spaceflight

Jameel Janjua and Patrick Moran are joining six others for training at Spaceport America to possibly become the world’s first commercial suborbital spaceship pilots. Both test pilots have military and commercial flight experience.

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Save the date--On May 27th, if everything goes as planned, a rocket will launch from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Watch SPACE LAUNCH LIVE: AMERICA RETURNS TO SPACE on Discovery and Science Channel starting at 2P ET.

Large Rocket Debris Impacts Earth Off African Coast

The fourth largest piece of space debris ever re-entered the earth's atmosphere yesterday and made a splash just off the coast of Africa. Narrowly missing some major landmarks in its path, this piece of a rocket could have caused some major damage.

Meet the Not-So-Secret Space Airplane

The United States Space Force may have a somewhat silly name, but it's very, very real. And it just launched a semi-secret mission into space.

Watch NASA Astronauts Return Home Live on Aug 2

NASA Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are scheduled to arrive home from space on Sunday, August 2. Watch SPACE LAUNCH LIVE: SPLASHDOWN on Discovery and Science Channel starting at 1PM ET.

William Shatner Becomes Oldest Man to Travel to Space After Successful Blue Origin Space Flight

On the morning of October 13, William Shatner joined the crew of New Shepard for its second crewed flight, NS-18. Due to a few holds, the scheduled 10A liftoff was delayed by about 50 minutes from Blue Origin's Launch Site One in Texas. Despite the delays, liftoff and touchdown went off without a hitch, making Star Trek star William Shatner the oldest man to go to space.

Success! NASA and SpaceX Crew-1 Complete Early Morning Splashdown

(Updated: May 2, 2021) NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi completed a successful splashdown on Sunday, May 2, after a 165-day space research mission aboard the International Space Station. Here is what we know about their return to Earth.

Expedition 63 to Return Home on October 21

After 196 days in space aboard the ISS, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, Roscosmos cosmonaut Anatoli Ivanishin, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Ivan Vagner are coming home! Let’s learn the details of their return to Earth.

First Week Complete for Crew-1 Astronauts

NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, along with Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched in a new Crew Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket on November 15, 2020, at 7:27P ET from the NASA Kennedy Launch Complex 39A. After a 27-hour journey, the spacecraft docked with the ISS on November 16, 2020, at 11:01P ET. Let’s see what the astronauts of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission have been up to since their arrival to the station!
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