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Atlas V preparing to launch NROL-42


United Launch Alliance (ULA) will launch an Atlas V rocket on Saturday evening, carrying out the classified NROL-42 mission for the United States National Reconnaissance Office. Atlas –…

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SLS EM-1 & -2 launch dates realign; EM-3 gains notional mission outline


Following a series of issues over the last year with the Core Stage for the first flight of the Space Launch System rocket, the launch dates for both…

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Soyuz 2-1B successfully launches latest GLONASS-M mission


A Soyuz 2-1B rocket has conducted a launch in support of Russia’s GLONASS satellite navigation system in the early hours of Friday local time, carrying the Uragan-M No.52S…

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New Horizons might get more flyby targets; Pluto features get official names


More than two years after New Horizons flew past Pluto, becoming the first human-made object to visit the dwarf planet, numerous surface features discovered and explored by the…

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Piecing together NASA’s crewed Deep Space spacecraft


The first Orion spacecraft that will be capable of transporting NASA astronauts into deep space is now being constructed. Although it won’t launch until 2022 at the earliest,…

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CRS-12 Dragon completes her ISS mission with splashdown return


SpaceX’s CRS-12 Dragon unberthed from the ISS ahead of a return to a Pacific Ocean splashdown on Sunday, concluding the spacecraft’s latest resupply mission. Dragon returned with 3,800 pounds…

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Farewell, Cassini: a 20 year mission to Saturn comes to a life-protecting end


Goodbye, Cassini.  And thank you.  After a 20-year mission, 13 in orbit of Saturn, Cassini dived one last time for Saturn’s atmosphere.  Over the course of its years…

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Preparing the adaptor – LVSA readies for SLS debut


NASA is getting ready to apply spray-on foam insulation (SOFI) to the outside of the Launch Vehicle Stage Adapter (LVSA) that will fly as a part of the…

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Soyuz MS-06 arrives with three more crewmembers for the ISS


Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos along with Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba of NASA have completed a fast track transit to the International Space Station (ISS) on…

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ILS Proton-M successfully launches Amazonas 5


International Launch Services (ILS) launched its Proton-M launch vehicle with the Amazonas 5 satellite on Monday. The Russian workhorse – along with its Breeze-M upper stage partner –…

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