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Chinese satellites raising orbits after launch anomaly
Posted: Sat, Dec 31 10:51 AM ET (1551 GMT)
Long March 2D launch of two SuperView-1 satellites (Xinhua) Two Chinese satellites placed in the wrong orbit after a launch earlier this week are raising their orbits. The two SuperView-1 Earth imaging spacecraft, launched Wednesday morning Beijing time on a Long March 2D, were placed in elliptical orbits with a perigee much lower than planned. Tracking data indicates that the two satellites are raising their orbits, likely using their own thrusters. A small student-built satellite also flown on the rocket remains in that original elliptical orbit. Neither the satellites' owner nor other Chinese officials have commented on the apparent problem with the rocket that left the satellites in the wrong orbit.

SpaceX preparing for Iridium return-to-flight launch
Posted: Sat, Dec 31 10:50 AM ET (1550 GMT)
Falcon 9 fairing with Iridium-1 satellites (SpaceX) The return to flight of SpaceX's Falcon 9 grows closer as its payload of satellites is prepared for launch. Iridium released a photo Thursday of 10 Iridium Next satellites being encapsulated in the Falcon 9's payload fairing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, a step usually taken relatively close to a scheduled launch. That launch, the first since a Sept. 1 pad explosion destroyed a Falcon 9 and its satellite payload, is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 7, pending the outcome of an investigation into the explosion and the FAA's issuance of a commercial launch license for the mission.

Proton launch of EchoStar-21 delayed
Posted: Sat, Dec 31 10:49 AM ET (1549 GMT)
The latest delay in the Proton launch of EchoStar 21 is not related to an earlier problem with the rocket. International Launch Services confirmed Wednesday...

NASA chief scientist departs
Posted: Sat, Dec 31 10:48 AM ET (1548 GMT)
NASA's chief scientist is leaving the agency after more than three years on the job. Ellen Stofan left NASA this month "for new adventures,"...

Astronomer Vera Rubin passes away
Posted: Sat, Dec 31 10:47 AM ET (1547 GMT)
Vera Rubin, a pioneering astronomer who discovered evidence for the existence of dark matter, died Dec. 25. Rubin, 88, spent much of her career at...

Tuesday, January 17
SpaceX success; plans extra launch facilities
Advanced Television — 5:35 am ET (1035 GMT)
SpaceX returns to flight
Broadband TV News — 5:35 am ET (1035 GMT)
Benjamin Friedman to be Acting NOAA Administrator — 5:34 am ET (1034 GMT)
Eugene Cernan, last man on the moon, dies
CNN — 5:30 am ET (1030 GMT)
Gene Cernan, Last Man To Walk On The Moon, Dead At 82 — 5:30 am ET (1030 GMT)
Pentagon Deputy to Stay on the Job During Transition
DoD Buzz — 5:08 am ET (1008 GMT)
Planetary puzzle: what's causing Venus' giant wave?
Cosmos Magazine — 5:05 am ET (1005 GMT)
China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory
Xinhua — 5:03 am ET (1003 GMT)
Eugene Cernan, Last Human to Walk on Moon, Dies at 82
New York Times — 4:55 am ET (0955 GMT)
SS-520 No. 4 Launch Results
JAXA — 4:42 am ET (0942 GMT)
Space Coast remembers 'great American' Gene Cernan
Florida Today — 4:40 am ET (0940 GMT)
Gene Cernan, Last Man On The Moon, Dies
Aviation Week — 4:39 am ET (0939 GMT)
Smith Statement on the Passing of Gene Cernan
House Science Committee — 4:36 am ET (0936 GMT)

Monday, January 16

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