In the past few weeks, as most of the world’s pandemic has further risen, even during Christmas, the space exploration field has not relaxed, so we are with another person Spaced apart Here we will look at what is happening, the overhead that is flying in and what is happening.
December is an eventful autumn. China returned lunar samples and Japan also conducted asteroid dust tests. According to reports, we may have detected radio waves from ET. The truth may be there and we sincerely want to believe it, but the widely reported signal from Proxima Centauri may not be the confirmation of the alien life we have been waiting for.
In the past month, ordinary agencies and companies have had many launch opportunities. Among them, the first Long March from the Wenchang Launch Site in Hainan Province, China, was launched on March 8 with a heavy rocket. The payload of its five satellites allows it to enter orbit safely, and we hope that the rocket will become the main force of its future exploration plan. At the same time, SpaceX conducted a high-altitude test of their Starship SN8 vehicle. The flight proceeded as planned until the spacecraft approached the landing pad. At this time, one of the engines caught fire and caused a serious crash. This does not mean that the test flight was unsuccessful, because it performed perfectly in the rest of the operation, but it could shoot some impressive videos.
Regarding SpaceX and the interstellar spacecraft, Elon Musk said that he will sell all his personal property to fund the Mars colony. This will require a fleet of up to 1,000 starships to launch three times a day to transport colonists and supplies to the “red planet.” He caused controversy, although he said that interplanetary migration will be open to everyone, they can provide loans estimated at $50,000 for one-way travel costs, and provide Martian work to pay off debts. Many critics responded to his tweets, comparing this idea to contract slavery. It is worth remembering that Musk is the master of this grand publicity stunt. Although SpaceX does indeed seem to be a good bet to reach Mars, his schedule and plans may be somewhat optimistic, which is not unimaginable.
A more obvious story for SpaceX comes from their super-heavy booster rocket, which can be reused in the same way as the existing Falcon 9, but cannot land on its own legs like earlier rockets. Instead, it will dock with the launch tower and be stuck by the same support structure used to stabilize it before launch. At first glance, this may seem difficult to succeed, but there is no doubt that people expressed the same suspicions before Falcon 9 made a synchronized landing.
In the end, Hill got rid of the more difficult developments in the political arena, focusing on some of them that might provide a commercial alternative to the International Space Station when the ISS is dead. They studied the possible capital investment of NASA’s lease on the space station, and inspected a cluster of Texas companies preparing to manufacture the space station. That’s right-space station modules from companies such as Axiom Space will be manufactured components rather than a one-time commission. Decades after the end of the life of the International Space Station currently projected in 2030, there may be some exciting developments in orbit.
The coming year may be an exciting year, a large number of missions will go to Mars in February, and a new space station to attract our attention. The Chinese are not content to stop on the moon. Their Astronomy One Mars mission will begin to explore our planetary neighbors, and next year’s first Tianhe module will be their larger space station and will be taken to the sky. At the same time, the Red Planet will see NASA’s Persevering Rover will also bring the Ingenuity helicopter to its surface. Eventually, the “Hope” probe in the United Arab Emirates will enter orbit, and there should be a lot of news in the second month.
No matter where you are, you must ensure that you are protected from the earth virus and continue to pay attention to the sky in 2021.