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SpaceX and ORBCOMM renegotiate launch contract
Posted: Wed, Jan 2 6:29 AM ET (1129 GMT)
ORBCOMM announced last week that it has renegotiated a launch contract with SpaceX for the launch of its next generation communications satellite constellation. The new...

Chinese navigation system begins service in Asia-Pacific region
Posted: Fri, Dec 28 5:29 AM ET (1029 GMT)
Chinese officials announced Wednesday that they have opened their domestic satellite navigation system for use by people in the Asia Pacific region. Beidou, the Chinese...

SpaceX performs Grasshopper test flight
Posted: Mon, Dec 24 12:04 PM ET (1704 GMT)
SpaceX announced late Sunday it performed its highest test flight of a reusable launch vehicle technology demonstrator earlier this month. SpaceX's Grasshopper vehicle lifted...

Landsat 5 to be retired
Posted: Sat, Dec 22 11:17 AM ET (1617 GMT)
The US Geological Survey (USGS) announced Friday that it plans to decommission the aging Landsat 5 spacecraft in the coming months as a replacement satellite...

Soyuz docks with ISS
Posted: Fri, Dec 21 5:50 PM ET (2250 GMT)
A Soyuz spacecraft carrying three new International Space Station crew members docked with the station on Friday morning. The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft docked with...

Astronomers identify five potential planets orbiting Tau Ceti
Posted: Fri, Dec 21 10:33 AM ET (1533 GMT)
Astronomers announced this week the discovery of up to five extrasolar planets orbiting the nearby star Tau Ceti, including one that is potentially habitable. Astronomers...

Ariane launches two communications satellites
Posted: Thu, Dec 20 11:37 AM ET (1637 GMT)
An Ariane 5 rocket launched communications satellite for the British military and for a Mexican government agency on Wednesday evening. The Ariane 5 ECA lifted...

New crew launched to the ISS
Posted: Wed, Dec 19 5:25 PM ET (2225 GMT)
A Soyuz rocket carrying a spacecraft with three International Space Station (ISS) crewmembers on board lifted off on schedule on Wednesday. The Soyuz rocket lifted...

China launches Turkish remote sensing satellite
Posted: Wed, Dec 19 10:37 AM ET (1537 GMT)
A Chinese Long March rocket successfully launched a Turkish remote sensing satellite on Wednesday. The Long March 2D rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite...

GRAIL spacecraft crash into the Moon
Posted: Tue, Dec 18 6:27 AM ET (1127 GMT)
NASA's twin GRAIL spacecraft crashed into a mountain on the Moon Monday afternoon, completing their nearly year-long mission there as planned. The two...



news in brief
Astronauts replace ISS computer in brief spacewalk
Posted: Thu, Apr 24 6:14 AM ET (1014 GMT)

Data shows increased frequency of asteroid impacts
Posted: Thu, Apr 24 5:58 AM ET (0958 GMT)

news links
Thursday, April 24
Blast Off: The Future of Spaceflight
Commercial Spaceflight Federation — 5:42 am ET (0942 GMT)
Russia Readies Proton Rocket for Launch
RIA Novosti — 5:39 am ET (0939 GMT)
SpaceX to test engine components at Stennis
Picayune (MS) Item — 5:36 am ET (0936 GMT)
A galaxy for phones to explore
The Economist — 5:34 am ET (0934 GMT)


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