This week’s Rocket Roundup episode features a remarkable triple header of launches in just over 100 minutes, plus one other launch and the conclusion of the first operational Commercial Crew mission including the first night splashdown of a crewed spacecraft in 53 years.
This week, the entire team gathers to share stories on Crew-2, another OneWeb launch, NROL-82, and a Chinese launch. Plus, this week in rocket history, we look back at the launch of NASA’s TESS on April 18th, 2018.
In this week’s Rocket Roundup, host Pamela Gay presents a suborbital Blue Origin launch, the return of Soyuz MS-17, a hovering Ingenuity drone, and an Earth Day special on Earth observatories. Plus, this week in rocket history, we look back at STS-31, which launched from the Kennedy Space Center on April 24th, 1990.
A survey of the stellar nursery in the Orion Nebula Cluster provides evidence that stars compete for material and their size depends on what they gather rather than their initial core size. Plus, NASA mission updates, fast radio bursts, neutron stars, visible novae, and mountain building in the Andes.
Data analyzed from the NICER telescope aboard the ISS contains evidence of X-ray boosts accompanying radio burst detections, releasing more energy than expected as “giant radio pulses”. Plus, machine learning, intraterrestrial life, all the volcanoes, and updates on SN15 and Ingenuity.
In this week’s Rocket Roundup, host Annie Wilson presents *checks notes* yet another Starlink launch from SpaceX, a Chinese launch, a crewed Russian launch, and the resulting capsule shuffle at the ISS. Plus, this week in rocket history, we celebrate the launch of Vostok 1 and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human to travel into outer space, on April 12th, 1961.