For this week’s Rocket Roundup, we have all the Chinese launches! SpaceX launches a ton of satellites on one rocket, Virgin Orbit launches a few satellites from a plane, and Virgin Galactic sends a few employees to space. Plus, this week in rocket history, we look back at the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.
Over tens of millions of years, the surface of Europa has been churned by impacts down to an average depth of 30 centimeters. This churning means that the search for chemical biosignatures must look below that zone. Plus, methane and icequakes at Enceladus, predicting underwater eruptions, Virgin Galactic’s flight, and a Chinese spacewalk.
There were only three launches this past week — an SBIRS satellite for the United States government, an ocean-monitoring satellite for the Chinese government, and the very successful launch of a Virgin SpaceShip suborbital plane. Plus, this week in rocket history, we look back at the first crewed Skylab mission.
This week, we share a Rocket Lab launch failure (but first stage recovery success), yet another Starlink (with rideshare payloads), and a rare-sounding rocket launch. Plus, this week in rocket history, we take a look back at a key early mission: Apollo 10, which launched on May 18th, 1969.
Join us for this week’s Rocket Roundup with host Dr. Pamela Gay as we look back at the launches that happened over the last week, including Blue Origin’s New Shepard, Virgin Orbit’s Launch Demo 2, one Chinese launch, and the Green Run test of the SLS.