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In honor of the upcoming IM-1 launch, this week I'm featuring an article I wrote about this mission when SpaceX and Intuitive Machines (finally) announced the launch date and time. As many have speculated, they are targeting his February 14th at 12:57am EST, with a few days in reserve in case the launch is delayed due to weather or other issues. Extra is provided.
Intuitive Machines hopes to pave the way for commercial success in the nascent lunar economy, and the company says in its press kit that a successful mission will “lay the foundation for a burgeoning lunar economy, supporting research, commercial, “This will open up new possibilities for exploration.” ”
Last week, I wrote about Interlune, a stealth startup founded by former Blue Origin leaders that closed on $15 million in new funding.
However, the rationale for raising capital was poorly understood. Interune, led by former Blue Origin president Robert Myerson, kept the situation secret. until now. Two confidential Interlune pitch documents seen by TechCrunch, dated spring 2022 and fall 2023, show the company seeking funding to build and test resource extraction hardware for lunar helium-3 (He-3). It has become clear that
SpaceX last week launched a $1 billion NASA Earth science satellite aboard a Falcon 9, ending nearly two decades of development and planning.
The Plankton, Aerosols, Clouds, and Marine Ecosystems (PACE) spacecraft collects data about marine ecosystems, oceans, and the atmosphere. This helps scientists better understand everything from phytoplankton to air quality to how the ocean and atmosphere exchange carbon.
“PACE will show us ocean ecology on a scale we've never seen before,” Karen St. Germain, director of NASA's Earth Sciences Division, said in a media briefing. .
CNBC's Michael Sheets spoke to seven bankers about the potential sale of United Launch Alliance and the three companies currently bidding, including Blue Origin and aerospace contractor Textron. He takes a closer look at what this acquisition means for each potential buyer and the future of the launch.
This week in space history
I finally have an excuse to use one of my favorite photos in the history of the universe. Astronaut Bruce McCandless is photographed on February 12, 1984, using a nitrogen-jet-powered backpack to fly farther from the space shuttle than anyone ever before. I had it before.