The year 2021 is an exciting year for space travel.

For example, the first space tourists will soon get into a capsule to experience weightlessness for a few minutes and rockets will go to the moon.

But there is more happening.

In this article we highlight some launches.


A small satellite of the Royal Netherlands Air Force is due to be launched this month, although a specific date is not yet known.

The BRIK II is no bigger than a carton of milk.

It will be used by the Air Force for intelligence, including navigation and communications.

The satellite will accompany a Virgin Orbit rocket, which is launched from a flying aircraft.

Jeff Bezos goes to space

On July 20, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos will go to space with the first tourist flight of his space company Blue Origin.

There is still room in the capsule for five other people, which will be taken to an altitude of about 100 kilometers by rocket.

In addition to Bezos, at least his brother and the winner of a ticket auction will go along.

After a few minutes of weightlessness for the passengers, the capsule will return to Earth to land using parachutes.

Tom Cruise is making a movie in ISS

Bezos isn't the only celebrity going to space this year.

Actor Tom Cruise is working with NASA and SpaceX to make a movie on the International Space Station (ISS).

Director Doug Liman is also joining us.

In 2021, the men must travel with a tourist mission to the ISS.

They then stay aboard the space station for eight days.

By the way, Russia is also sending an actress and director to the ISS for a movie in space.

It concerns actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko.

They should travel to the ISS sometime in the fall, possibly before the Americans.

However, the celebrities must first undergo astronaut training for months.

Tom Cruise has yet to make a movie in space this year.

Tom Cruise has yet to make a movie in space this year.

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Artemis I

NASA plans to launch the first flight of the Artemis program in November.

This will bring astronauts back to the moon by 2024.

Artemis is the successor to the Apollo program from the 1960s and 1970s.

Artemis I is the first mission.

This will put an unmanned Orion capsule into orbit around the moon.

This is happening with the Space Launch System (SLS), NASA's largest and most powerful rocket to date, which is also making its launch debut.

The flight will last three more than three weeks and will mainly test the safety of the flight.

Russia is also going back to the moon.

In October, the country will send another lander to the moon after 45 years of absence.

The Luna 24 mission took place in 1976.

James Webb telescope finally launched

The James Webb telescope is due to launch on October 31.

The plan was once to launch the telescope in 2011, but the project was delayed.

The James Webb telescope succeeds the Hubble telescope, which has taken important and iconic images of the universe in 30 years and is still orbiting the Earth. The new telescope can see much further than Hubble, which can be used to study other galaxies.