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Fifty-two more Starlink satellites set for launch today – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Starlink 4-26 mission will launch SpaceX’s next batch of 53 Starlink broadband satellites. Follow us on Twitter. SFN Live SpaceX is counting down to liftoff of a Falcon 9 rocket and …

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Watch Live as SpaceX Attempts Its First Direct Launch to the Moon

Watch Live as SpaceX Attempts Its First Direct Launch to the Moon

A Falcon 9 rocket during launch this past July. Photo: SpaceX South Korea is embarking on its first lunar mission, and SpaceX has been brought in to help. You can catch this historic launch live right here. Hard to believe, but the upcoming launch marks the first time that SpaceX will directly send a payload …

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Fix to Malfunctioning Lucy Probe Good Enough to Complete Asteroid Mission, NASA Says

Fix to Malfunctioning Lucy Probe Good Enough to Complete Asteroid Mission, NASA Says

Lucy is equipped with a pair of 22-feet-wide solar arrays on either side.Photo: NASA Just a few hours into its 12-year journey to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, the Lucy spacecraft ran into a problem. One of its solar arrays refused to fully open and mission controllers have been working on the problem ever since. There’s good …

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Atlas 5 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral at dawn – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from pad 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The mission will launch the U.S. Space Force’s SBIRS GEO 6 missile warning satellite toward geosynchronous orbit. Text updates will appear automatically below. Follow us on Twitter. SFN Live  …

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South Korean spacecraft fueled for ride from Cape Canaveral to the moon – Spaceflight Now

South Korean spacecraft fueled for ride from Cape Canaveral to the moon – Spaceflight Now

The Korea Lunar Pathfinder Orbiter spacecraft undergoing testing in South Korea before shipment to Florida for launch preparations. Credit: KARI A South Korean spacecraft set for launch to the moon next week from Cape Canaveral has been loaded with the fuel it needs to maneuver into a low-altitude lunar orbit for image-taking and scientific observations. …

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Large Chinese rocket booster expected to fall back to Earth today – Spaceflight Now

Large Chinese rocket booster expected to fall back to Earth today – Spaceflight Now

This map shows the ground track of the Long March 5B core stage during the two-hour re-entry window as of Saturday morning. The re-entry and debris footprint could occur anywhere along the track. Credit: Aerospace Corp. The 22-ton core stage of a Chinese rocket is expected to fall back to Earth some time Saturday, the …

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NASA taps Draper for first U.S. landing on far side of the moon – Spaceflight Now

NASA taps Draper for first U.S. landing on far side of the moon – Spaceflight Now

An illustration of Draper’s SERIES-2 lunar lander, which will deliver science and technology payloads to the moon for NASA in 2025. Credit: Draper NASA has awarded Draper a $73 million contract to deliver science instruments to the far side of the moon on a commercial robotic lander in 2025, the eighth award through the agency’s …

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Congress Sneaks NASA Authorization Bill Into CHIPS

Congress Sneaks NASA Authorization Bill Into CHIPS

NASA’s Artemis I Moon rocket sits at Launch Pad Complex 39B at Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.Photo: Eva Marie UZCATEGUI / AFP (Getty Images) Guess who came riding along with the passage of $52 billion in incentives to manufacture semiconductors? Congress came in like a cowboy riding a rocket (think Dr. Strangelove), waving …

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