NASAs latest mission is to watch the weather. Space weather, that is. Planned to launch in August 2022 to the International Space Station, the Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE) will focus on colorful bands of light in Earths atmosphere, called airglow, to determine what combination of forces drive space weather in the upper atmosphere.
Virgin Galactic sent its first passenger to the edge of space Friday although it wasnt a paying customer. The companys astronaut trainer Beth Moses rode in the passenger cabin of the spacecraft Unity on the flight Friday morning from the companys base at Mojave, California.