Space News

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa stood before the audience gathered at SpaceX headquarters Monday evening and was greeted by cheers when he echoed a line from a famous speech by President John F. Kennedy, proclaiming "I choose to go to the moon."

Maezawa was introduced by SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk in Hawthorne, Calif. He is the first to book a trip as a private passenger with the commercial space company for a voyage that hasn't been attempted since NASA's Apollo missions ended in 1972.

NASA Greenbelt

NASA's Parker Solar Probe is set for an early Saturday launch from Cape Canaveral.  Dr. Eugene Parker is in town for the launch, and gave his odds for a successfull mission:

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lit up the sky around Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida early Tuesday with a successful launch, placing an Indonesian telecommunications satellite into orbit and demonstrating the reusability of the company's upgraded booster.

NASA has announced the names of the astronauts who will be the first people in history to ride to orbit in private space taxis next year, if all goes as planned.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight center

NASA is slated to launch Parker Solar Probe on Saturday, August 11th.  Learn more about this mission "to touch the sun" in this video from WFIT's Rick Glasby:

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