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North Korea postpones rocket launch because of technical issue
Posted: Tue, Dec 11 6:09 AM ET (1109 GMT)
North Korea has postponed the controversial launch of a rocket that was to take place this week, citing technical problems. The launch of the Unha-...

Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore passes away
Posted: Tue, Dec 11 6:00 AM ET (1100 GMT)
Sir Patrick Moore, a British amateur astronomer who hosted a BBC show on astronomy for over half a century, passed away Sunday at the age...

Proton places satellite in wrong orbit
Posted: Sun, Dec 9 10:34 AM ET (1534 GMT)
A Proton rocket launched a satellite for a Russian communications company on Saturday, but released the satellite prematurely and into the wrong orbit. The Proton...

Atlas cleared for X-37B launch
Posted: Sat, Dec 8 7:58 AM ET (1258 GMT)
United Launch Alliance said Friday it has cleared Tuesday's scheduled launch of an Atlas 5 carrying a X-37B military spaceplane after completing an...

Company unveils plans for commercial human lunar missions
Posted: Fri, Dec 7 6:35 AM ET (1135 GMT)
A startup company announced Thursday it plans to offer human missions to the surface of the Moon as soon as the end of this decade...

GRAIL data reveal battered Moon
Posted: Fri, Dec 7 6:23 AM ET (1123 GMT)
NASA released this week the most accurate gravity field map of the Moon compiled to date, created from data provided by a pair of spacecraft...

SpaceX wins first EELV-class launch contracts from Air Force
Posted: Thu, Dec 6 5:48 AM ET (1048 GMT)
SpaceX won contracts this week from the US Air Force for the launch of two satellites, breaking the lock on such deals held by United...

NASA announces plans for 2020 Mars rover mission
Posted: Wed, Dec 5 5:50 AM ET (1050 GMT)
NASA announced Tuesday it plans to develop a Mars rover based on the Mars Science Laboratory mission for launch in 2020. The rover wil take...

Curiosity detects hints of organic compounds
Posted: Tue, Dec 4 6:07 AM ET (1107 GMT)
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected evidence for simple organic compounds in a Martian soil sample, but scientists cautioned Monday they do not know...

Zenit-3SL launches Eutelsat spacecraft
Posted: Tue, Dec 4 5:55 AM ET (1055 GMT)
A Zenit-3SL rocket successfully placed a communications satelite into orbit for Eutelsat on Monday. The Zenit-3SL, operated by Sea Launch, lifted off from...

news in brief

Progress cargo spacecraft arrives at ISS
Posted: Sat, Oct 3 9:03 AM ET (1303 GMT)

China launches navigation satellite
Posted: Fri, Oct 2 12:08 PM ET (1608 GMT)

news links
Saturday, October 3
Launch of Astrosat - first Indian astronomy satellite
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research — 3:31 pm ET (1931 GMT)
Eutelsat, Globecomm and Signalhorn apply for Teleport Certification from WTA
World Teleport Association — 3:28 pm ET (1928 GMT)
Searching for Orphan Stars Amid Starbirth Fireworks
Gemini Obs. — 3:28 pm ET (1928 GMT)
Astronomers "Weigh" a Galaxy's Black Hole by Studying the Einstein Ring Phenomenon
Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Academia Sinica — 3:25 pm ET (1925 GMT)

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