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Space X and Dragon launch

Montage of enhanced colour images of Pluto (bottom left) and Charon, from the New Horizons spacecraft. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI)

Montage of enhanced colour images of Pluto (bottom left) and Charon, from the New Horizons spacecraft. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI)

SpaceX made history with the launch of NASA astronauts aboard Spacex’s Dragon vehicle for a visit to the ISS.

The last weekend in May marked a turning point in frontier space history. A private company is now providing a “taxi service” to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. SpaceX has successfully delivered 2 astronauts. I hope you were all glued to the live NASA news feeds watching this significant event unfold. Sole dependence on the ageing Russian Soyuz capsules launching from Kazakhstan system is now a thing of the past.

The Eagle Nebula, M16 and the Pillars of Creation. A real challenge as always less than 20 degrees maximum altitude from my backyard and directly over central Kendal on 31st May.


The Eagle Nebula, M16 and the Pillars of Creation. A real challenge as always less than 20 degrees maximum altitude from
my backyard and directly over central Kendal on 31st May.

The Crescent Nebula in Cygnus powered by a Wolf-Rayet star. Imaged from Kendal.


The Crescent Nebula in Cygnus powered by a Wolf-Rayet star. Imaged from Kendal.

M61 in Virgo with supernova SN2020jfo indicated on May13th. This supernova was first detected May 6 2020, so a week earlier. Imaged from Kendal.


M61 in Virgo with supernova SN2020jfo indicated on May13th. This supernova was first detected May 6 2020, so a week
earlier. Imaged from Kendal.

Globular cluster M13 in Hercules. Imaged from Kendal


Globular cluster M13 in Hercules. Imaged from Kendal

M5 in Serpens. Imaged from Kendal.


M5 in Serpens. Imaged from Kendal.

M10 in Ophiuchus. Imaged from Kendal


M10 in Ophiuchus. Imaged from Kendal

M12 in Ophiucus. Imaged from Kendal.


M12 in Ophiucus. Imaged from Kendal.