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Watch: 12-year-old boy accepted to Georgia Tech, seeks NASA career

Nov. 24 (UPI) — A 12-year-old Georgia boy who has been accepted to attend Georgia Tech said he plans to study aerospace engineering for a career in space exploration.

Caleb Anderson, 12, who is dual-enrolled in high school and Chattahoochee Technical College, is aiming to start classes at Georgia Tech next fall, his family said.

“I think I am going to go to Mars, and do more school, I think, and try to get my master’s at Georgia Tech,” Anderson told WSB-TV.

“Then do an internship with Elon Musk, and then I’ll probably get my Ph.D. at MIT. And then I think I’ll start working at either NASA or SpaceX.”

The boy’s parents said they noticed their son was exceptionally intelligent at a very young age.

“At 3 weeks old, I did notice that Caleb was trying to mimic some of my words. … By 4 months, he was picking

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‘New Era’ Begins with Crewed Launch of SpaceX and NASA Crew-1 Mission

What seemed impossible not long ago is now on the verge of becoming routine. A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule successfully launched into orbit on Sunday night from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, setting four astronauts on a course for the International Space Station (ISS). It’s the second crewed launch for SpaceX this year.

By Monday night, the four astronauts will rendezvous and dock with ISS. They’ll spend the next six months carrying out scientific experiments alongside fellow astronauts and cosmonauts who are already on board, bringing the total number of crew members on the space station to seven. 

This particular Crew Dragon capsule mission is named Resilience, a nod to the extreme difficulties that were overcome to make this historic launch happen, including this year’s COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The message that [the crew] wanted to convey is resilience,” NASA’s ISS program manager Joel Montalbano said at a briefing on Friday.

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SpaceX launch marks a new era for NASA [Video]

SpaceX launched four astronauts into orbit on Sunday (November 15) marking a major milestone for NASA.

It was their first full-fledged mission on board a privately-owned spacecraft.

The ‘Resilience’ is SpaceX’s newly-designed Crew Dragon capsule.

It blasted off atop the company’s Falcony 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Flordia, a big win for billionaire Elon Musk, who founded the company.

Astronaut commander Mike Hopkins described the launch as “one heck of a ride.”

The crew headed to the International Space Station some 250 miles (or 400 km) above Earth – a 27-hour trip.

Ahead of lift-off the astronauts fitted in their custom white suits, driven out to the launch pad in SUVs made by Tesla, another of Musk’s companies.

The other NASA crew include Victor Glover, reportedly the first Black astronaut to live aboard the orbiting laboratory, and physicist Shannon Walker

Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi was also onboard,

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Biden and Trump congratulate NASA and SpaceX on historic launch

SpaceX launched four astronauts into space Sunday night, marking a first for NASA and private space travel. The four astronauts — Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and Victor Glover of NASA, plus Japan’s Soichi Noguchi — are the first sent to the International Space Station from U.S. soil since NASA’s space shuttles were retired in 2011, and the first to travel there aboard a privately built spacecraft certified by NASA for human spaceflight. Both President Trump and President-elect Joe Biden tweeted their congratulations after the successful launch.

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Trump and Biden hail SpaceX’s Crew-1 astronaut launch success for NASA

President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden both celebrated SpaceX’s astronaut launch for NASA on Sunday night (Nov. 15), though the tone of their remarks was quite different.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched a Crew Dragon capsule Sunday evening from Florida, kicking off the company’s Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station. If all goes according to plan, Crew Dragon and its four passengers — NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins and Shannon Walker and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi — will arrive at the orbiting lab around 11 p.m. EST on Monday night (Nov. 16; 0400 GMT on Nov. 17).

The six-month-long Crew-1 is SpaceX’s first contracted astronaut mission to the station for NASA, under a $2.6 billion deal the company signed in 2014 that covers at least six such flights. Crew-1 isn’t SpaceX’s first crewed launch of any kind, however; that distinction goes to the Demo-2 test flight, which

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SpaceX, NASA launch Crew-1 mission on historic journey to the ISS

Resilience lifts off on its way to the International Space Station


NASA

Resilience is on the way to the International Space Station. At exactly 7:27 p.m. ET, a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster burst to life at Launch Complex 39A, its engines lighting up the Florida coast. The picture-perfect launch of the gumdrop-shaped Crew Dragon spacecraft — given the nickname Resilience — marks a historic moment in American spaceflight history

“By working together through these difficult times, you’ve inspired the nation, the world, and in no small part, the name of this incredible vehicle, Resilience,” said Michael Hopkins, spacecraft commander of Crew-1 prior to launch.

Resilience is a theme of the launch. Not since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011 has NASA sent humans to orbit from American soil in an operational mission. The launch for this particular mission has been delayed, pushed back and postponed multiple

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Thanks to SpaceX, NASA regains a capability it lost for a decade

The Crew-1 mission streaks into the Florida sky on Sunday evening.
Enlarge / The Crew-1 mission streaks into the Florida sky on Sunday evening.

A skinny black-and-white rocket streaked skyward on Sunday evening, climbing into Florida’s darkening twilight skies. Its nine engines burned brightly as the Falcon booster pushed a spacecraft carrying four astronauts toward orbit.

And soon, they were there.

By all appearances, SpaceX’s first operational Crew Dragon flight started off successfully, sailing smoothly through the arduous ascent phase of the mission. A couple of hours after launch, SpaceX engineers were troubleshooting an issue with heaters on fuel lines leading to the spacecraft’s Draco engines. But this will likely be solved, and on Monday night an hour before midnight, Florida time, the crew—NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and Victor Glover; and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi—should dock with the International Space Station.

If all goes well, their flight to the space will be entirely autonomous. The crew will not need

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SpaceX Crew-1 launch sends NASA astronauts on historic journey to the ISS

Resilience lifts off on its way to the International Space Station


NASA

Resilience is on the way to the International Space Station.

At exactly 7:27 p.m. ET, a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster burst to life at Launch Complex 39A, its engines lighting up the Florida coast. The picture-perfect launch of the gumdrop-shaped Crew Dragon spacecraft — nicknamed Resilience — marks a historic moment in American spaceflight history

“By working together through these difficult times, you’ve inspired the nation, the world, and in no small part, the name of this incredible vehicle, Resilience,” said Michael Hopkins, spacecraft commander of Crew-1. 

And resilience is a theme of the launch, too. Not since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011 has NASA sent humans to orbit from American soil in an operational mission. The launch for this particular mission has been delayed, pushed back and postponed multiple times — the

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SpaceX launches 4 astronauts to space station, beginning new era for NASA

Lighting up the night sky, four astronauts shot into orbit atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Sunday for a 27-hour voyage to the International Space Station in the first operational flight of a commercially developed Crew Dragon capsule.

Highlighting NASA’s ongoing drive to end its sole reliance on Russian Soyuz spacecraft, the Falcon 9’s first stage engines ignited with a torrent of flaming exhaust at 7:27 p.m., pushing the 229-foot-tall rocket away from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center atop 1.7 million pounds of thrust.

Commander Michael Hopkins, pilot Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, strapped into the capsule they named “Resilience,” monitored the ascent on large touch-screen displays as the rocket quickly accelerated, arcing away to the northeast over the Atlantic Ocean.

NASA and SpaceX ruled out a launch try Saturday due to expected high winds across Florida’s Space Coast and rough seas that prevented

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SpaceX, NASA set for first operational astronaut mission to space

By Joey Roulette

(Reuters) – SpaceX, the rocket company of high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, was due on Sunday to launch four astronauts on a flight to the International Space Station, NASA’s first full-fledged mission sending a crew into orbit aboard a privately owned spacecraft.

SpaceX’s newly designed Crew Dragon capsule, which the crew has dubbed Resilience, was set for liftoff atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 7:27 p.m. Eastern time (0027 GMT on Monday) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Less than an hour before liftoff, weather forecasts improved to an 80% favorability for launch. Mission personnel left the launchpad, and the crew access arm – the walkway between the launch tower and rocket – retracted, setting the stage for the spacecraft’s launch escape system to be armed and mission teams to start loading the Falcon 9 rocket with fuel.

An air leak caused an unexpected

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