Watch Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin NS-19 stay: First six passenger crew

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin will launch its New Shepard rocket on Saturday for the sixth time this year, a mission in which the company will launch six passengers simultaneously for the first time.

Named NS-19, this New Shepard mission will bring a crew of two guests and four customers: astronaut Alan Shepard’s daughter, Laura Shepard Churchley, TV presenter and NFL star Michael Strahan, space manager Dylan Taylor, investor Evan Dick, the venture capitalist Lane Bess and his son Cameron Bess.

The company is currently aiming for NS-19 to launch at 9:45 a.m. EST.

The NS-19 crew takes a look at their journey into space. From left: Laura Shepard Churchley, Michael Strahan, Evan Dick, Lane Bess, Cameron Bess and Dylan Taylor.

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The NS-19 mission will bring Blue Origin to 14 people launching into space in 2021. The year has seen a spate of private manned space activity, with three US companies taking passengers over the edge of space or into orbit.

The rocket will launch from Blue Origin’s private facility in West Texas and reach over 100,000 kilometers (or more than 340,000 feet in altitude) before safely returning to Earth a few minutes later. From start to finish, the launch is expected to take around 11 minutes. The crew should experience weightlessness for about three minutes.

New Shepard’s capsule will accelerate to more than three times the speed of sound to exceed the 80-kilometer (roughly 50 miles) limit that the U.S. is using to mark the edge of space. The capsule is flown autonomously without a human pilot and returns under a set of parachutes to land in the Texas desert.

The New Shepard rocket booster is reusable and will attempt to return and land on a concrete platform near the launch site.

The company also flies New Shepard for cargo missions, as in Augustcarrying research payloads in the capsule.

This photo of Blue Origin, Blue Origins New Shepard rocket, is on a launch pad near Van Horn, Texas on Tuesday July 20, 2021.

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Alec Baldwin fires prop gun on film set, killing crew member

Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun at a film set on Thursday, killing the film’s cameraman and injuring its director, police said

Halyna Hutchins, 42, was killed on the set of Rust, a western filmed at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Sante Fe, New Mexico, and Joel Souza, 48, was injured, including the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office communicated.

Hutchins was helicoptered to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Souza was taken to the Christ St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for treatment for his injuries.

The circumstances of the shooting are being investigated. No charges were brought.

“Tonight we received the devastating news that one of our members, Halyna Hutchins, director of photography for a production called ‘Rust’ in New Mexico, died of injuries sustained on set,” said John Lindley, president of International Cinematographers Guild and Rebecca Rhine, the managing director, in a statement on diversity.

“The details are currently unclear, but we are working to find out more and we support a full investigation into this tragic event,” the statement said. “This is a terrible loss and we mourn a member of our guild family.”

Hutchins graduated from the American Film Institute in 2015. She was involved in several short films before working on Archenemy, a 2020 feature film starring Joe Manganiello.

Born in Ukraine, she has a degree in international journalism from Kyiv National University and previously worked as an investigative journalist for British documentary productions in Europe.

In 2019 she was selected as one of the American Cinematographer’s Emerging Stars.

Hutchin’s death commemorates actor Brandon Lee, son of martial arts film legend Bruce Lee. Brandon Lee died after being shot by a prop gun while filming The Crow in 1993.

“There was an accident on the New Mexico set of Rust today that involved the misfiring of a prop gun with blanks,” a Baldwin spokesman said in a statement to NBC News. “Production has been suspended for the time being. The safety of our actors and crew remains our top priority.”

Baldwin, 63, co-produces Rust and plays the infamous outlaw Harland Rust, whose 13-year-old grandson was convicted of accidental murder. Rust travels to Kansas to free his grandson from prison, and the two fugitives must escape US Marshal Wood Helm and bounty hunter Fenton “Preacher” Lang.

Baldwin posted a photo of himself in costume for the film on Instagram early Thursday, complete with fake blood on his shirt.

Most recently known as President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live and starring in the NBC comedy 30 Rock, Baldwin has won multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards and was nominated for an Oscar and a Tony Award.

Baldwin has hosted “SNL” 17 times, more than any other person, and has starred in such films as “The Departed”, “Glengarry Glen Ross” and the Mission Impossible franchise. He was also the producer of director Souza’s film “Crown Vic”.

Baldwin has lost his temper in the past, including incidents that led to his arrest. In 2019, he pleaded guilty to molesting another person in connection with a parking lot dispute in Manhattan in November 2018.

He was previously arrested by the police for ridden his bike incorrectly and for misconduct after allegedly quarreling with the police who stopped him.

Baldwin was also acquitted of battery crimes charges after he was accused of beating a freelance photographer and breaking the lens man’s nose in 1995 in California.

The actor is married to Hilaria Baldwin and has six children together. He also has a daughter named Ireland from his previous marriage to actress Kim Basinger.

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Watch SpaceX livestream Inspiration4 splashdown: Crew Dragon returns

SpaceX safely brought its Crew Dragon spaceship back from orbit on Saturday, with the capsule bringing the four members of the Inspiration4 mission back to Earth after three days in space.

Crew Dragon Resilience capsule plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

“Thank you SpaceX, it was a lot of fun for us and we’re just getting started!” said Inspiration4 commander Jared Isaacman from the capsule.

In less than an hour after spraying, SpaceX loaded the capsule onto its salvage ship and the crew disembarked, each waving and thumbs up after disembarking. The crew are then flown from the ship to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, which is just a short flight from the splash point.

Inspiration4 Mission Director Scott Poteet participated in a post-splashdown call with reporters speaking from the SpaceX recovery ship.

“The group is in a great mood, they are having a lot of fun and everyone is looking forward to getting back together with their families,” said Poteet.

Elon Musk tweeted his congratulations to the crew shortly after the splash.

The historical private mission – which includes Isaacman, the pilot Sian Proctor, the medical officer Hayley Arceneaux and the mission specialist Chris Sembroski – orbited the earth at an altitude of up to 590 kilometers, which is located above the International Space Station and which has been furthest above the surface for years has traveled. As a free-flying space flight, the capsule did not dock on the ISS, but circled the earth independently at a speed of 15 orbits per day.

Benji Reed, SpaceX’s senior director of manned space programs, told reporters after the splash that the company’s sales and marketing teams had seen an “increased” number of inquiries from people interested in buying a private spaceflight. He said SpaceX can fly “five or six” private missions a year.

“When the demand is there, we will see what we can do to further develop this capability,” said Reed.

Reed also noted that there were “some issues” that SpaceX had resolved during the space flight, including the waste management system or the toilet on board the spacecraft. Todd Ericson, Inspiration4 Mission Director, added that the toilet “has a problem with a fan that is part of the system,” but a workaround has been implemented with no significant issues.

Inspiration4 shared photos from the crew’s time in orbit and gives a view of the wide view from the “dome” window of the spacecraft.

This is the third time SpaceX has brought astronauts back from space, and the second time for this capsule – which previously flew the Crew 1 mission for NASA on a trip that returned in May.

Both previous SpaceX astronaut missions crashed in the Gulf of Mexico, making them the first to return in the Atlantic.

The Inspiration4 crew in the Crew Dragon capsule Resilience after the hatch was reopened. From left: Mission Specialist Chris Sembroski, Pilot Sian Proctor, Commander Jared Isaacman, and Medical Officer Hayley Arceneaux.

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The mission also comes with several other milestones for Musks Companies including: the first private SpaceX spaceflight, the first completely unprofessional crew to become astronauts, the first black space traveler, the youngest American astronaut to date, and the first person to fly in space with a prosthesis.

Inspiration4 was paid for by Isaacman for an undisclosed amount with the primary aerospace goal of raising $ 200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Isaacman, a billionaire entrepreneur, personally donated $ 100 million, with the Mission raising an additional $ 53.8 million in donations as of Saturday night, according to the Mission’s website.

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Carmen’s Crew blows double-digit lead, eradicated by The Cash Group in TBT

Carmen’s Crew Center dribbled past a defender against The Money Team on July 27th. Image Credit: Courtesy of Ben Solomon

Ohio State’s alumni team, Carmen’s Crew, led the second half with up to 18 years of age, but it wasn’t enough to beat The Money Team – which was ticketed to the Tuesday with a 91-89 win Quarterfinals of the basketball tournament cracked.

Despite a high-octane offensive attack in the first three quarters of the game, Carmen’s crew offensive stuttered on the track – allowing The Money Team to fight back from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter. A game-winning jumper from the time of the Elam end lifted The Money Team past Carmen’s crew.

Carmen’s crew fired from all cylinders early but succumbed to fourth quarter pressures – they shot just 45 percent out of the field and 16.7 percent out of three in the final quarter.

Carmen’s crew went into the Elam Ending five points ahead, but late exploits by Munford and Peyton Aldridge led the money team past the Ohio State alumni squad.

At the top of the money team was Munford, who came off the field with an 8 of 12 to a team high of 22 points. Munford scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter.

The Carmen’s Crew offensive opened the game on fire – losing 31 points on all five 3-point attempts in the first quarter – and allowed the Ohio State alumni team to take a 10-point lead into the second quarter .

At the head of Carmen’s crew’s early offensive attack was guard William Buford, who scored 10 of his total of 15 points in the first frame.

Despite Buford taking the lead early, Carmen’s crew picked up points from all but one player in the first half of the game.

Buford’s supporting cast included Center – who lost 10 points to 3-out-of-4 from the field and 4-out-4 from the charity streak in the first half.

Koufos finished the game with a team high of 18 points, plus two rebounds and two assists.

Despite Carmen’s crew’s early successes on offense, it spun the ball 15 times, resulting in 23 points for The Money Team.

On the defensive side of the floor, guard Shannon Scott served as the ballhawk for Carmen’s crew – she collected three steals and two blocks. Scott also had an offensive impact – he handed out five team-high assists.

Carmen’s crew also checked the glass throughout the competition on Tuesday – and put a 30-26 lead on the boards. 6-foot-2 striker Jeff Gibbs led Carmen’s crew on the glass, racking up a team high of six boards.

The Money Team will play against Blue Collar U in the quarter-finals on Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.