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Voyager 1 comes within 1.6 light years of the star AC + 79 38888 of Camelopardis and is captured by its gravity (it is currently in the direction of the constellation Ofphiuco, or the direction of the Solar Apex: the direction in which the Sun

December 25, 2021

December 25, 2021

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Early on Christmas morning, NASA’s groundbreaking new space observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, successfully launched into space after taking off atop a European Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana. The launch marks the beginning of one of the most anticipated NASA missions in decades, a

December 14, 2021

December 14, 2021

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NASA reports that the American Parker probe has come to “touch” the Sun, or rather, it temporarily dives (at perihelion) inside (the upper part) of the solar atmosphere (ie the solar corona), it samples particles, and measures their magnetic field for the first time. In reality,

November 24, 2021

November 24, 2021

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Vanderberg, California. Launch of the DART mission, with a Space X Falcon 9, to reach the asteroids Didymos and Dimorphos and hit one (the little Dimorphos) to study the technology to deflect the trajectory of NEO (Near Earth Objects) potentially dangerous for the Earth.

16 October 2021

16 October 2021

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Cape Canaveral, Florida. Launch with an Atlas V 401 of the Lucy mission, of NASA, the first towards the Trojan asteroids, in the Lagrangian points L4 and L5 of the orbit of Jupiter.

13 October 2021

13 October 2021

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William Shatner (Captain Kirk in Star Trek), 90, is launched into space as an astro-tourist, along with Blue Origin’s VP of Flight Operations Audrey Powers and entrepreneurs Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries. Blue Origin’s New Shpeard capsule by Jeff Bezos describes a short parabola crossing,

September 15, 2021

September 15, 2021

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Cape Canaveral, Florida. A billionaire e-commerce executive and three much less wealthy private citizens chosen to join him, were slinged from Space-X at a height of 585km (far higher than the ISS and in fact it is the farthest distance that a human being has ever

July 20, 2021

July 20, 2021

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Van Horn, Texas. Jeff Bezos (of Amazon and Blue Origin) and his brother Mark, along with Wally Funk (formerly Mercury 13 unofficial candidate for space travel in the 1960s) and Dutchman Oliver Daemen, reach space for 4 minutes, in a flight suborbital with the reusable New

11 July 2021

11 July 2021

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New Mexico, USA. Virgin’s Richard Branson makes his first flight into space, a suborbital flight at 82 km altitude, on the horizontal take-off vehicle called Unity. The occupants of the aircraft are a total of 6.

May 15, 2021

May 15, 2021

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The Chinese Tianwen-1 mission manages to land the Zhurong rover on Mars. China thus becomes the second nation in the world, after the United States (first with the Viking 1 and 2 in 1976), to be able to make a controlled landing on the red planet,

May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021

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NASA’s Osiris Rex spacecraft departs from orbit around the asteroid Bennu, with its precious and massive load of asteroid material, to begin the long two-year journey to Earth.

May 5, 2021

May 5, 2021

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Boca Chica, Texas. Space X’s Starship SN15 completes takeoff, flight, belly flop, approach and landing for the first time. The previous 4 attempts had gone more or less well in the early stages, but crashed upon landing.

April 28, 2021

April 28, 2021

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The American Parker probe comes to “touch” the Sun, or rather, temporarily dives (at perihelion) into (the upper part) of the solar atmosphere (ie the solar corona), samples particles, and measures their magnetic field for the first time. In reality, the communication of the change will

April 28, 2021

April 28, 2021

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Michael Collins dies. He was born in Rome, as his father was currently employed in the military at the US embassy in Italy. Having passed through the famous West Point Military Academy, he had landed in the Air Force where he had become a test pilot. In 1963

April 23, 2021

April 23, 2021

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Cape Canaveral. Third launch for the Space X Crew Dragon, towards the ISS space station. The astronauts are NASA’s Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, ESA’s Thomas Pesquet, and JAXA’s Akihiko Hoshide.

April 19, 2021

April 19, 2021

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Jezero Crater, Mars. NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter makes its first automatic flight. This is a first in the history of space flight. And it opens up scenarios that were previously unthinkable for the exploration of worlds with atmosphere. The sky is NOT the limit. The atmospheric density on Mars is only

February 18, 2021

February 18, 2021

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NASA’s Perseverance mission makes its entry into the Martian atmosphere, the so-called 7 minutes of terror. Everything goes according to plan, and the big rover rests gently on the ground, with the Ingenuity drone helicopter aboard. A photo of the rover is also taken while, supported by

10 December 2020

10 December 2020

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Boca Chica, southern tip of Texas. A prototype of Elon Musk’s Space X StarShip takes off, performs attitude control operations at 12 km altitude, glides with a lifting body profile, tries to land in the correct spot, but at the last moment two of the three

1 December 2020

1 December 2020

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Ocean of Storms, Luna. The Chinese Chang’e 5 probe lands successfully, takes a sample of a couple of kg of lunar soil, restarts and automatically joins with the mother probe in orbit.

2 August 2020

2 August 2020

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The Space X Crew Dragon capsule carrying the two American astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken successfully returns to the atmosphere and ditches in the Gulf of Mexico, returning from the ISS space station. This is the first return with an American capsule from the Space

23 July 2020

23 July 2020

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Wenchang Launch Site, China. A Long March vector 5 launches the Tianwen-1 rover (天 问) towards Mars. This time, in the 2020 Mars race, the other contenders are the United Arab Emirates and the United States in this time window that opens every two years. It will enter

19 July 2020

19 July 2020

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Tanegashima Space Center, Japan. Launch of the Amal (Hope – Hope) spacecraft, of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), launched by a Mitsubishi H-IIA carrier. It will arrive in Martian orbit on February 9, 2021.

May 30, 2020

May 30, 2020

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Space X makes history by becoming the first private company to launch astronauts into space. It is also the first launch of American astronauts from American soil since 2011. The launch is carried out with the Falcon-9 and the Crew Dragon shuttle, which the next day

February 6, 2020

February 6, 2020

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Kazakhstan. The Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano returns to Earth after 210 days on the ISS, as commander of Expedition 61 (first Italian and third European), and after having participated in several EVAs for the repair of the AMS02 anti-matter observatory.

January 19, 2020

January 19, 2020

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Pad 39A in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Falcon 9 (a specimen that had already flown 3 more times) leaves the ramp and, 90s after launch, switches off the engines deliberately, the Dragon capsule detaches and saves the virtual crew by ditching, and the first stage of

December 2019

December 2019

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After half a century, some lunar soil samples taken in December 1972 by the Apollo 17 astronauts are open. They were left sealed at the time, awaiting future times when the analysis techniques would be more advanced.

22 July 2019

22 July 2019

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India launches Chandrayaan-2 towards the Moon, the day after the 50th of the first steps on the Moon. The carrier rocket is the Mark III (GSLV M III).

11 July 2019

11 July 2019

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Hayabusa-2 successfully lands on asteroid Ryugu for the second time, to take a second sample, this time in zone C01, where it created a 10m diameter crater on April 5th.

April 11, 2019

April 11, 2019

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Space X launches Falcon Heavy, which successfully puts ArabSat into orbit. All three boosters land without problems (two at the same time on the ground a few tens of meters away, and one offshore in the ocean, on the platform “Of course I still love you”,

April 5, 2019

April 5, 2019

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The Hayabusa-2 fires a second explosive projectile, from a distance this time and of copper, at the asteroid Ryugu, causing a crater about a dozen meters in diameter.

March 2019

March 2019

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A major malfunction of the new Boeing 737 MAX attitude control SW MAX8 causes a plane to crash in Ethiopia, killing everyone on board, as well as other accidents. Government agencies in Europe, the United States, Canada and other countries, within a few days, order all

25 February 2019

25 February 2019

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Richard Branson’s British Virgin Galactic sends the first paying passenger into space on a suborbital flight. It is the second flight in two months for the Unity reusable spacecraft. The cost of the ticket is 250,000 USD.

22 February 2019

22 February 2019

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Cambridge, UK. Tony Foulds, 83, is present at the passage in formation of several USAF planes, along with thousands of people. We remember the event of 75 years earlier, when Tony, an 8-year-old boy, was there in that meadow, and a B-17 (flying fortress) was returning from

22 February 2019

22 February 2019

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02:45 am on February 22 in Italy, 08:45 pm on February 21 in Florida. Space X’s Falcon-9 vector launches an Indonesian satellite, a USAF experimental satellite and the Israeli Beresheet private spacecraft, which launches towards the Moon in concentric orbits. After the launch, as usual, the carrier

22 February 2019

22 February 2019

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23:58 on February 21 in Italy, 07:58 on February 22 in Japan. The Japanese probe Hayabusa-2 successfully lands on asteroid Ryugu, fires a small Tantalum projectile, takes samples of surface material, and takes off to position itself in a high orbit. The operation is shown live on

December 16, 2018

December 16, 2018

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The SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, of Virgin Galactic, flies over the Mojave Air and Space Port, reaching a height of 82.7 km, before landing again at the base. The pilots are Mark Stucky and CJ Sturckow.

10 December 2018

10 December 2018

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The American probe Osiris REX arrives in orbit around the asteroid Bennu. Osiris stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer, and Osiris is also a deity linked to life, fertility, death and resurrection. Bennu is a bird symbol of birth and resurrection. The probe is

11 October 2018

11 October 2018

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The Soyuz Expedition-57 mission with astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin on board must abort the insertion into orbit, a few minutes after launch, due to a problem during the release of the side boosters. The crew returns to the ground safely, but the space

April 2, 2018

April 2, 2018

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The Chinese space station Tiangong 1 (Heavenly Palace) re-enters and disintegrates into the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean. It was launched on 29 September 2011. It has a mass of 8 tons (as a comparison to the return the American Skylab in July 1979 weighed 95ton,

7 February 2018

7 February 2018

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Elon Musk’s Space X launches the Falcon Heavy for the first time, carrying a Tesla Roadster sports car and a Space X spacesuit dummy, into an orbit beyond Mars to the dwarf planet Ceres. The images from space with the Roadster and Earth in the background

2018

2018

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China, for the first time, launches more rockets (no more satellites …) than any other nation.

November 2017

November 2017

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Sierra Nevada Corp.’s return shuttle Dream Chaser makes a first flight without any problems (the previous flight had a problem with the trolley). It is released from a Chinook helicopter from more than 12km of altitude.

29 July 2017

29 July 2017

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The Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli leaves, with the Soyuz, on the R-7 vector, for the ISS space station. This is his second time, after 17 years, and now at the age of 60.

6 June 2017

6 June 2017

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Space X’s Dragon probe, after delivering its payload to the ISS space station, returns to Earth and is recovered, as is the rocket. This is the first time the Dragon has been used again. It is in fact a shuttle that was already used years before.

April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017

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The Cassini probe crosses the plane of Saturn’s rings for the first time, from the inner side of the same. Pass unscathed and send unedited photos. It is hit by very few and tiny micro meteorites, contrary to the initial fears that caused the main antenna to

19 October 2016

19 October 2016

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The European Martian probe Gas Trace Orbiter, with Italian instruments to study methane emissions, fits correctly into the Martian orbit and releases the European probe Schiaparelli, with 34% of Italian technological contribution, attempts to land on Mars. The entry into the atmosphere works, as does the

30 September 2016

30 September 2016

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The European probe Rosetta crashes into comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko, in a controlled and relatively slow manner. This allows him to take photos of the soil and spectral readings right up to the last minute.

8 September 2016

8 September 2016

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NASA’s Osiris-Rex probe is launched towards the asteroid Bennu. Osiris stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer, and Osiris is also a deity linked to life, fertility, death and resurrection. Bennu is a bird symbol of birth and resurrection. The probe is from Lockheed Martin,

4th July 2016

4th July 2016

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The American Juno probe enters orbit around Jupiter. We will then find a problem that will not allow him to circularize the orbit, but most of the scientific objectives will still be achieved, including stunning indeite photos of the poles of the king of the planets.

6 May 2016

6 May 2016

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Space X by Elon Musk successfully launches a Japanese satellite, then the Falcon 9 rocket turns and lands on the drone ship “Of course I still love you” in the middle of the Atlantic, all in the complete darkness of the night. Another success for Elon

April 28, 2016

April 28, 2016

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Russia. Vostochny Space Base (formerly Svobodny). It was decided in 1994 by Boris Yeltsin, to replace Baikonur, now in Kazakhstan. The first launch from the new ramp takes place on April 28, 2016. From other ramps they took place from 1997 onwards.

April 9, 2016

April 9, 2016

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Elon Musk’s Space X successfully launches the Dragon shuttle towards the ISS Space Station, then the Falcon 9 rocket turns and returns to the drone ship “Of course I still love you” (name taken from a GCU-class battleship of a novel by Iain M. Banks). And

April 2, 2016

April 2, 2016

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin (of Amazon) completes its third suborbital flight with the same reusable rocket, launches the parachuting capsule, and the New Shepard rocket returns landing vertically in West Texas on its predestined platform. Jeff Bezos wears his cowboy boots with the inscription Gradatum Ferociter

22 December 2015

22 December 2015

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Cape Canaveral, Florida. Elon Musk’s Space X Falcon 9 rocket launches 9 satellites into orbit and then maneuvers and returns to Cape Canaveral making a vertical landing. This is an important milestone for space travel, making a traditional launch vector completely reusable, with Vertical Take Off and

7 December 2015

7 December 2015

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Akatsuki, a Japanese mission to Venus was launched in 2010. At the key moment of its entry into the Venusian orbit it goes into safe-mode, and loses the opportunity. But the Japanese team did not lose heart: they studied a rescue plan and on December 7,

23 November 2015

23 November 2015

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origins launches and retrieves the New Shepard rocket. The rocket reaches 100Km in height, releases the capsule, and then re-enters and lands vertically in a controlled manner.