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Military weather satellite explodes in orbit
Posted: Tue, Mar 3 6:44 AM ET (1144 GMT)
DMSP satellite illustration (USAF) A 20-year-old weather satellite exploded in orbit last month, creating several dozen pieces of debris. Air Force officials confirmed that the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F13 satellite, launched in 1995, suffered a "catastrophic event" February 3 after a sudden temperature spike. That event created more than 40 pieces of debris being tracked today. The satellite had been serving in a backup role since 2006. Air Force officials said the spacecraft's data were not used in weather forecast models, although the loss of the satellite will cause "slightly reduced" access to real-time weather imagery for tactical users.

Dawn approaches Ceres
Posted: Tue, Mar 3 6:27 AM ET (1127 GMT)
Dawn spacecraft illustration (UCLA/W. Hartman) NASA's Dawn spacecraft is on track to enter orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres at the end of this week, project officials said Monday. Dawn will go into orbit around Ceres on Friday after using its ion thrusters to travel there from the lare asteroid Vesta. Ceres, the largest object in the main asteroid belt and designated a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union in 2006, appears to have signs of recent geological activity on its surface, scientists said, based on ever-improving images returned by Dawn. Of particular interest are bright spots recently detected on Ceres' surface, which may be patches of ice recently exposed by plumes or other geological activity.

Falcon 9 launches two communications satellites
Posted: Mon, Mar 2 6:20 AM ET (1120 GMT)
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a pair of small communications satellites Sunday night. The Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket lifted off on schedule...

Astronauts wrap up series of ISS spacewalks
Posted: Mon, Mar 2 6:11 AM ET (1111 GMT)
Two NASA astronauts completed the last in a series of three spacewalks outside the International Space Station on Sunday to prepare the station for future...

Russia launches reconnaissance satellite
Posted: Sat, Feb 28 8:19 AM ET (1319 GMT)
A Soyuz rocket launched a Russian military reconnaissance satellite on Friday. The Soyuz 2-1a rocket lifted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia...

Tuesday, March 3
Air Force weather satellite explodes in orbit
Defense Systems — 6:18 am ET (1118 GMT)
US military satellite explodes above Earth
The Daily Telegraph — 6:17 am ET (1117 GMT)
SpaceX launches electric satellites
BBC — 6:09 am ET (1109 GMT)
Industry backs government’s spaceport plans
UK Space Agency — 5:57 am ET (1057 GMT)
Autonomous spaceport drone ship
Maritime Professional — 5:56 am ET (1056 GMT)
Newquay still in the running for first UK spaceport
Falmouth (UK) Packet — 5:55 am ET (1055 GMT)
Newquay: Cornwall A Step Closer To Space — 5:54 am ET (1054 GMT)
‘Innovation will help launch more satellites’
The Hindu — 5:50 am ET (1050 GMT)
ISRO proposes to launch 10 satellites every year
The Hindu — 5:50 am ET (1050 GMT)
Buzz Aldrin's 1966 space selfie sells for $9,200
CNET — 5:49 am ET (1049 GMT)
Mars One could mean the end of science fiction
The Conversation — 5:46 am ET (1046 GMT)
America's Original Space Program Is Turning 100
Motherboard — 5:42 am ET (1042 GMT)
The Curious Adventures of an Astronomer-Turned-Crowdfunder
Technology Review — 5:41 am ET (1041 GMT)

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