Persevering Mars landing, the competition between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, the first ever tourist spaceflight… 2021 has been an eventful year for space travel, with many ups, but also some downs.
How Mars Rover Perseverance Reached Milestone After Milestone
The persistent Mars rover landed on the red planet in February of this year. Together with the helicopter’s creativity, he searches for traces of past lives. This is the first time since 1976 that a spacecraft has directly searched for life. Perseverance and creativity have made history many times, and below we’ll list some of the highlights.
Jeff Bezos’ first successful spaceflight
Jeff Bezos makes his first successful spaceflight in August. Bezos is accompanied by his younger brother, his former flight instructor, and an 18-year-old Dutchman. In this way, Bezos brings the largest and youngest person into space in one fell swoop.
‘Ufo’ misses SpaceX rocket except for her during capsule separation
Things don’t always go smoothly in space. When four astronauts were sent on a mission to the International Space Station, things almost went smoothly while the rocket was disengaged. A UFO – possibly floating debris in space – passed right after the capsule.
Firefly’s first missile launch ends with an explosion
Commercial FireFly Aerospace has also had its share of bad luck this year. The first missile was launched smoothly, but after a few minutes the missile began to spin and the authorities had to intervene.
Rocket launches are big business, but what do they do with the climate?
Rocket launch after rocket launch: looks like there is a new rocket space race Underway. We wondered if all of these missile launches had a negative impact on our climate. Science journalist Senne Starckx explains it in the video below.
Space tourists see Earth from space for the first time: ‘Oh my God’
On a historic SpaceX spaceflight at the end of September, four tourists flew into space without an experienced astronaut. This was when the space tourists opened the hatch to get their first look at Earth.
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