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LightSail 2, Pushed by Sunlight, Raises Its Orbit by 10,500 Feet in Just Two Weeks

Two weeks after entering solar sailing mode, the Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 spacecraft has managed to raise its orbit by nearly 2 miles, in an important test of this promising new means of propulsion. Read More >>

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Capsule Successfully Docks With ISS, Without Use of Robotic Arm

A day after its launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX’s uncrewed Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station, CNN reported on Sunday. Read More >>

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NASA’s InSight Lander Sends Back Stunning Image of the Martian Horizon

NASA’s InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) probe successfully completed its soft landing on Mars on Monday after a six-month, 300 million mile journey. And it’s already sending back photos of the desolate Red Planet from its landing site on the Elysium Planitia, courtesy of a post on the lander’s official Twitter feed reading, “There’s a quiet beauty here. Looking forward to exploring my new home.” Read More >>

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Rocket Lab Completes First Commercial Launch of Its Electron Rocket

United States-based aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab completed its first successful commercial launch on Saturday, sending seven spacecraft including “six tiny satellites and a drag sail demonstrator” into orbit aboard a relatively small Electron rocket designed primarily for smallsats and cubesats, Spaceflight Now reported. Read More >>

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China’s First Private Space Rocket Launch Ever Was This Week

OneSpace Technology conducted the first private rocket launch in Chinese history this week, firing off the 30-foot OS-X from a platform in northwest China on Thursday, according to CNN. Read More >>

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Over the Weekend, the NASA Opportunity Rover Saw Its 5,000th Martian Dawn

Saturday, 17th February marked the 5,000th local day (sol) of operations for NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover, which was originally designed to last for just 90 sols after its January 2004 landing date, but has instead continued to set milestones like completing a marathon-length tour of its surroundings and taking huge composite photos of its new world’s surface. Read More >>

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SpaceX Delays Next Falcon 9 Launch, Said to Carry Starlink Prototypes, to At Least February 21st

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has delayed the next scheduled launch of its Falcon 9 rocket to at least Wednesday, February 21st for further testing of the rocket’s fairing, the $5 million section at its tip that deploys the rocket’s payload, Space.com reported. Read More >>

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Donald Trump Reportedly Wants to Privatise the International Space Station

It’s been known for some time that the White House has been considering cutting off funding to the International Space Station by 2025 to free up resources for NASA, an agency President Donald Trump wants to send astronauts back to the moon but has also proposed should make do with a shoestring budget. Per the Washington Post, internal documents now show Trump wants to turn the ISS into a “kind of orbiting real estate venture run not by the government, but by private industry.” Read More >>

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SpaceX Landed the Falcon Heavy’s Two Boosters, But Its Core Clipped Its Drone Ship at 300 MPH

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch went pretty well this afternoon, with the rocket’s two partially reusable Falcon 9 strap-on boosters making successful landings at Kennedy Air Force Station after jettisoning from the craft three minutes post-launch. However, the rocket’s centre core did not function as founder Elon Musk and team intended, and appears to have later crashed back down to Earth. Hard. Read More >>

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Watch the Historic SpaceX Reusable Rocket Launch Here 

After several delays it’s probably about time that NASA/SpaceX get a move-on and show us that incredible reused rocket launch. You can watch it below, starting at 3PM today. Read More >>

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Watch NASA Launch Its Shiny New JPSS-1 Weather Satellite

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration launched the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, the first in a “series of four highly advanced polar-orbiting satellites,” NASA announced on Saturday, with the agencies touting they expect significant improvements to their weather-forecasting abilities when JPSS-1 comes online in three months. Read More >>

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How a £3.9 Million Launch Vehicle Could Transform the Satellite Business

Sixty million dollars. That’s roughly how much it costs to send a payload to orbit on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. It’s actually a bargain for space, but it’s far more than University of Central Florida physicist Julie Brisset, who seeks to study the early stages of planet formation in microgravity, can afford. She’s one of countless researchers unable to access the low gravity laboratory of outer space because of the staggering price tag. Read More >>

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Why Space Fanatics Are Freaking Out About SpaceX’s Next Launch

Following a successful Falcon 9 launch-and-barge-landing in California this month, SpaceX is now looking to get back in the swing of regular flight. But while the company’s next two flights seem fairly routine on the surface, they’re going to be historic in one very important aspect. Read More >>

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SpaceX Plans to Return to Flight Next Week

The new year bring new beginnings, and for SpaceX, that means a return to flight after a five-month dry spell. Having officially determined the cause of the infamous Falcon 9 “anomaly” at Cape Canaveral on September 1st, the rocket company is eyeing January 8th for its first launch of 2017. Read More >>

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The Biggest Space Race Milestones of 2016

Given how badly things are going here on planet Earth, it’s encouraging to see entrepreneurs working tirelessly to get us off this rock. From reusable rockets to Martian manifestos to asteroid mining, 2016 was a near like no other in the commercial space race. Here are the highlights. Read More >>