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India names new head of space agency
Posted: Tue, Jan 13 7:34 AM ET (1234 GMT)
The Indian government has named a new chairman of the country's space agency. The government announced Monday that A.S. Kiran Kumar will be...

Falcon 9 launches ISS cargo mission
Posted: Sat, Jan 10 8:39 AM ET (1339 GMT)
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a Dragon cargo spacecraft on a mission to resupply the International Space Station early Saturday, although an effort...

Astronomers detect more possible Earth-like planets in Kepler data
Posted: Sat, Jan 10 8:28 AM ET (1328 GMT)
Astronomers announced this week they have discovered several more planets with sizes and orbits similar to Earth in data collected by NASA's Kepler mission....

Technical problem scrubs Falcon 9 launch
Posted: Tue, Jan 6 1:34 PM ET (1834 GMT)
The launch of a commercial cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station was scrubbed Tuesday when its Falcon 9 rocket suffered a technical problem in...

GAO rejects protest of commercial crew contracts
Posted: Tue, Jan 6 12:39 PM ET (1739 GMT)
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) said Monday that NASA did nothing improper when it issued commercial crew contracts in September to two companies, denying...

Head of ISRO retires
Posted: Fri, Jan 2 10:07 AM ET (1507 GMT)
The head of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the nation's space agency, retired Wednesday, with only an interim replacement named. K. Radhakrishnan stepped...

China launches weather satellite
Posted: Wed, Dec 31 8:12 AM ET (1312 GMT)
A Long March rocket placed a Chinese weather satellite into orbit on Wednesday in the final scheduled launch of 2014. The Long March 3A rocket...

SpaceX wins contract for Qatari satellite
Posted: Wed, Dec 31 7:55 AM ET (1255 GMT)
SpaceX has won a contract to launch a satellite for a Qatari company in late 2016, the companies announced Sunday. SpaceX will launch the Es'...

Proton launches European communications satellite
Posted: Mon, Dec 29 8:55 AM ET (1355 GMT)
A Proton rocket successfully launched a commercial communications satellite for a European company on Sunday. The Proton M rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome...

China launches reconnaissance satellite
Posted: Sat, Dec 27 11:53 AM ET (1653 GMT)
A Long March rocket placed the latest in a series of military reconnaissance satellites into orbit on Saturday. The Long March 4B rocket lifted off...

news in brief
Union accepts contract to end ULA strike
Posted: Sun, May 20 1:41 PM ET (1741 GMT)

Contamination found in SLS core stage tubing
Posted: Sun, May 20 1:40 PM ET (1740 GMT)

Appropriators pass NASA spending bill that funds WFIRST
Posted: Sun, May 20 1:39 PM ET (1739 GMT)

news links
Saturday, May 26
Rocket Lab announces new mission launch window
New Zealand Herald — 9:29 am ET (1329 GMT)
Rocket Lab's new window for first launch — 9:28 am ET (1328 GMT)
7 things we learned about SpaceX from COO Gwynne Shotwell
Los Angeles Business Journal — 9:24 am ET (1324 GMT)
Sir Richard Branson training to be astronaut as space race hots up
Press Association — 9:14 am ET (1314 GMT)

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