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:

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.