Launches: Atlas V, Perseverance, Russian Proton-M, Crew Dragon, Arianespace

Atlas V, Perseverance, and Ingenuity

The next generation of robot explorers to Mars had a lift-off today on a Atlas V rocket, and it went really well. It’s a really long trip, and they expect the robot rover, Perseverance, to land on Mars Feb. 18 2021. Here’s an overview video from NASA JPL of the launch:

Everything you need to know about NASA Mars 2020 can be found here. The full video of today’s launch can be seen here.

Proton-M

As I’m typing this, Russian Roscosmos just launched a Proton-M rocket carrying two satellites, Ekspress-80 and Ekspress-103. Here’s the full video (in Russian, but the on-screen text after launch is also in english), for that mission:

SpaceX Crew Dragon

Tomorrow night (August 1. 23:15 CET), the SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle will return to earth with the astronauts Bob & Doug. I will follow that too, and this is the link to the official NASA stream:

Arianespace

Arianespace will also send up a couple of satellites in orbit on July 31, and they will start their transmission (in English/French) around 23:00. This link is for the English version:

3 decades of Hubble space telescope

While we wait for the Webb space telescope, we still have Hubble, and the vast achievements it has made in its 30 years of discoveries.

On April 24th 2020 it celebrated 30 years in space, and here are some appreciation videos from NASA, ESA, and the YouTube-channel It’s Okay To Be Smart.

NASA
Discoveries by Hubble

ESA
Some history of Hubble incl. the launch

It’s Okay To Be Smart (PBS)
Some extended information about the history, discoveries, and technology

Congrats to SpaceX

This is such a huge feat for SpaceX… and mankind. Amazing to see this happen, and it just adds to the whole “one small step […]” thing uttered some time ago by a certain someone.