Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft, which has been ferrying all astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) since NASA retired the space shuttle in 2011, typically carries a crew of three. However, the MS-14 capsule that blasted off from a Russian spaceport in southern Kazakhstan on August 22, 2019, had just one passenger — a humanoid robot named Skybot F-850.
July 20, 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The groundbreaking journey began on July 16, 1969, when NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins launched off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. Four days later, on July 20, half a billion people across the globe — or about one-seventh of the Earth’s population at the time — watched Armstrong and Aldrin descend the lunar module ladder to become the first humans ever to set foot on a galactic body. The grainy footage, along with Armstrong’s now-famous quote, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” remain forever etched in the minds of those that witnessed the event live.
Meteor showers, which happen when our planet traverses through debris streams left behind by passing comets, are a fairly common occurrence. While the tiny rocks usually burn up when they collide with our atmosphere, resulting in what we call “shooting stars,” every so often one manages to survive the impact and land on Earth. That is precisely what appears to have happened in Costa Rica recently.
On April 23, 2019, at 9:09 pm local time, residents of San Carlos in Costa Rica’s Alajuela Province heard a loud noise, which was followed by a massive “fireball” streaking across the skies. Photos and videos of the stunning bright flashes soon went viral, with hundreds of residents reporting on the incident.