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Sunday 3 March 2019

Links and videos: Private spaceflight milestones - to the International Space Station and onwards to the Moon.. ....

The International Space Station and the Moon caught in the same shot.

SpaceX has launched it's first crew-rated spacecraft, the Dragon 2, which has docked with the  international space station while carrying a sensor laden test dummy (news articles here and here). A video of the of the dummy's greeting at the ISS is below.

The first private Moon landing, SpaceIL's Beresheet lander, has suffered a navigational glitch but recovered, and is on its way to the Moon. There's a good article on it here, and you can download an interview with its Senior Engineer here.

The Beresheet probe under construction. Courtesy of SpaceIL

And, on a Lunar theme, here are some stunning computer reconstructions of the view while orbiting the Moon, based on data collected by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft:

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