The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida at 1:29 pm local time on Thursday. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@SpaceX)

  • SpaceX is carrying young specimens of bobtail squid and microorganisms called tardigrades
  • Scientists want to study the effect of zero gravity on the symbiotic relation between the squids and beneficial bacteria 
  • The experiment could help scientists in the future to develop techniques to protect the health of astronauts

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The Himalayas are situated in South and East Asia. (Photo Credit: Twitter)

  • Astronaut Mark T Vande Hei shared an image of the Himalayas from ISS
  • He wrote, "Somewhere on a clear, bright day in the Himalayas"
  • The picture has been liked by over 4,500 people and retweeted over 500 times

.Moscow, Russia
Moscow is seeking to boost its embattled space programme, which has stagnated since the Soviet Union. (Photo Credit: Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • NASA announced last year it will team up with actor Tom Cruise to make a movie on the ISS
  • The Russian "space drama", whose working title is "Challenge," will feature popular Russian actress Yulia Peresild
  • The film is being co-produced by the flamboyant head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
This is SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour's second trip to the ISS. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@NASA)

  • Soft capture -- the first phase of docking -- occurred at 5:08 am Eastern time (0908 GMT)
  • Hard capture, the second stage, occurred about 10 minutes later
  • Endeavour is carrying the third crew sent to the ISS by SpaceX

.Florida, USA
SpaceX has a multi-billion contract with NASA to send humans to the ISS. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • SpaceX has a multi-billion contract with NASA to send humans to the ISS
  • This is the first time SpaceX recycled a rocket and spacecraft
  • Flying on reused vehicles has been a key cost-saving goal of NASA's partnerships

.Merritt Island, FL, USA
All the astronauts involved in the mission have flown to space previously. (Photo Credit: Twitter/ @NASA)

  • SpaceX is preparing to carry four astronauts to International Space Station on Thursday
  • Liftoff is planned for 6:11 AM ET on April 22, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida
  • The mission is called Crew-2 and involves two American astronauts and two astronauts from Europe and Japan

.Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan
Two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut touched down Saturday in Kazakhstan. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Pixabay)

  • Astronauts Sergei Ryzhikov, Sergei Kud-Sverchkov and Kate Rubins landed near Zhezkazgan at 0455 GMT
  • They came back to Earth after a six-month mission on the International Space Station
  • Continuously occupied for more than 20 years, the ISS is expected to be retired before the end of the decade

.Moscow, Russia
Soviet Union made history by launching Yuri Gagarin into space on April 12, 1961. (Photo Credit: Twitter/ MFA Russia)

  • Russia continues to have lofty extraterrestrial ambitions
  • It pulled out of the US-led international Lunar Gateway project
  • As Russia's space industry stalls, its competitors are moving forward

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket carrying a record number of satellites on board. (Photo Credit: Twiiter Screengrab/@SpaceX)

  • After 20 years of continuous habitation, the International Space Station has entered its "Golden Age"
  • The ISS's 'Golden Age' is due to the return of US rocket launches via commercial partner SpaceX 
  • SpaceX is now preparing for its second routine crewed flight, and third overall, in April

.Houston, TX, USA
The spacewalk began at 8.14 am ET and ended at 3.01 pm ET. (Photo Credits: Twitter/@Space_Station)

  • The spacewalk went on for six hours and 47 minutes
  • Hopkins and Glover vented the early system jumper cables then reconnected them
  • The two astronauts reached space as part of NASA-SpaceX Crew-1 mission in November 2020