What an age we live in! On Wednesday, May 25, SpaceX confirmed successful deployment of all payloads of Transporter-5 mission launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. And then Boeing Starliner sucessfully returned to Earth. Despite the problems with the launch, NASA called the landing perfect and now is preparing the ship for the first manned flight later this year. It will involve at least two astronauts.

For SpaceX, this was the eighth launch and landing of this Falcon 9 stage booster, which previously supported launch of Crew-1, Crew-2, SXM-8, CRS-23, IXPE, one Starlink mission, and Transporter-4. This time almost 60 spacecraft were onboard, including CubeSats, microsats, non-deploying hosted payloads, and orbital transfer vehicles.

For example, there were Nanoracks Outpost Mars Demo-1, which will conduct a metal cutting experiment right in orbit and Bluewalker-3 – 1,5 ton mobile communication satellite from AST & Science. The Falcon 9 also carried space tugs by FOSSA Systems and Orbit NTNU. Canada's company GHGSat sent three 15kg methane emissions monitors (C3 "Luca", C4 "Penny" and C5 "Diako") into orbit.

Among the other Transporter 5 satellites is ELaNa 47 by Educational Launch of Nanosatellites created by NASA. Another payload included ÑuSat satellite series of Argentinean commercial Earth observation satellites. They form the Aleph-1 constellation, which is designed, built and operated by Satellogic. ÑuSat is shared by Bulgaria and South Africa - EnduroSat-1.

There also was an unusual payload from Celestis Ascension. Who propose to those willing to honor the memory of departed loved ones by carrying people's cremated remains for a burial in space.

Charles Chafer, who founded the company, said: "When I came up with the idea [for the company], I was looking for something that could bring commercial space activities to a mass market," Chafer said. "Obviously everyone dies - at least today that's true - therefore you have a global market."

The company's first payload consisted of lipstick-tube sized portions of 24 people's remains, which launched from the Canary Islands in 1997, and included the remains of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

Together with the above mentioned there were satellites from Albania, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland and Spain.

The launch of Transporter 5 mission can be viewed here.

The next launch of SpaceX is planned for June 9, the CRS-25 mission to supply the ISS with new materials for research and experiments, as well as equipment for the space station.

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