In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A Russian Progress cargo vehicle reached the International Space Station (ISS) within 3 1/2 hours of launch on Wednesday. The Planetary Society announces success with its Light Sail-2, a small spacecraft mission designed to demonstrate sun light as a propulsion source. NASA’s Transiting Exo-planet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission celebrates the discovery of multiple roughly Earth sized planets around a nearby star.
Human Space Exploration
Progress cargo freighter lifts off, reaches Space Station hours laterSpaceflightnow.com (7/31): On Wednesday, Russia successfully launched and docked an automated Progress cargo capsule with the six person International Space Station (ISS). It was the third time for a Progress docking within about 3 1/2 hours of launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, or about two orbits of the Earth. It’s a practice that could be adopted by Russian Soyuz spacecraft with cosmonauts and astronauts aboard.
Planetary Society hails ‘mission success’ after LightSail 2 solar sail raises its orbitGeekWire.com (7/31): Launched June 25 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, as part of the Pentagon’s Space Test Program 2 ride share mission, the Planetary Society’s Light Sail 2 mission has successfully demonstrated that light from the sun can propel a ...