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Photos taken after Russian rocket failure prove that human spaceflight is never routine

I never want to understand the kind of fear that the families of NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin experienced in the wee hours of Thursday morning.  Both crewmembers were aboard a Russian-made Soyuz rocket bound for a six-month stay on the International Space Station when their rocket malfunctioned, forcing an abort...CONTINUE READING
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Elon Musk reveals the first passenger SpaceX will send around the moon

SpaceX has announced the identity of its first passenger to fly on its forthcoming BFR spacecraft, headed around the moon in 2023. Yusaku Maezawa, the 42-year-old billionaire founder of Japan’s colossal online fashion mall, Zozotown, will fly around the moon on a mission that will take four or five days in total, SpaceX CEO Elon...CONTINUE READING
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Elon Musk tweets new images of SpaceX’s forthcoming BFR spacecraft

That’s one big effing rocket. With the imminent reveal of the mystery passenger who will be flying around the moon in SpaceX’s forthcoming BFR, Elon Musk tweeted two new renders of the spacecraft. SEE ALSO: SpaceX books its first passenger to fly around the moon The 106 metre (347 feet) long ship was first announced...CONTINUE READING
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Here’s what a rocket launch looks like from the view of a satellite

Rocket launches are usually thrilling to watch anyway, but it’s particularly cool watching them from a satellite. Over the weekend, Chinese private spaceflight company OneSpace launched its OS-X1 rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert. SEE ALSO: SpaceX nails another rocket landing on its droneship The suborbital test is the second...CONTINUE READING
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SpaceX lands another rocket on a drone ship in the Pacific, despite rough seas

SpaceX is getting it done.  The Elon Musk-founded company just launched and then landed another of its newly upgraded Falcon 9 rocket boosters.  SEE ALSO: SpaceX makes beautiful pre-dawn rocket landing at sea. See it here. The rocket carrying a clutch of communications satellites launched them on their way to orbit from California’s Vandenberg Air...CONTINUE READING
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SpaceX makes beautiful pre-dawn rocket landing at sea. See it here.

SpaceX’s rocket landings are back and better than ever.  After a months long dry spell, SpaceX just completed its latest and greatest rocket landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean after launching a satellite to orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:50 a.m. EDT. SEE ALSO: Thai cave rescue saga shows how Elon...CONTINUE READING
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SpaceX launches, then lands, a brand new version of its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin starts its year off right with beautiful rocket launch

Up, up, and away.  Blue Origin — the previously secretive rocket company started by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos — just launched another successful flight and landing of its New Shepard rocket and capsule from its facility in Texas.  The test flight, which took place on Sunday at around 1:07 p.m. ET, will pave the way for...CONTINUE READING
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SpaceX launches planet-hunting TESS to space before landing rocket back on Earth

Have fun in space, TESS!  Our favorite new NASA mission — called TESS, short for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite —  launched to space at 6:51 p.m. ET on Wednesday, and the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellite landed back on Earth on a drone ship in the Atlantic not long after. ...CONTINUE READING
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