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NASA delays launch of Mars InSight lander
Posted: Thu, Dec 24 5:12 PM ET (2212 GMT)
InSight lander illustration (NASA) NASA announced Tuesday that it was delaying the launch of its Mars InSight lander mission, previously planned for March, until at least mid-2018 because of problems with one of its key instruments. NASA said continued problems with one of the lander's main instruments, a seismometer supplied by the French space agency CNES, would prevent the mission from launching in March. The instrument experienced a series leaks in its vacuum chamber that would have kept it from working once on Mars, and NASA decided that, after the latest leak was found in testing Monday, the instrument could not be ready in time for launch. The next launch window is in May 2018, but NASA said it would study potential solutions to the instrument problem and their costs before making a decision on when, or even if, to launch the mission.

Falcon 9 launches ORBCOMM satellites and lands first stage
Posted: Thu, Dec 24 5:03 PM ET (2203 GMT)
Falcon 9 first stage landing after ORBCOMM launch Dec 2015 (SpaceX) A SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched 11 ORBCOMM satellites Monday night, landing the rocket's first stage a few kilometers from its Cape Canaveral launch pad. The upgraded Falcon 9 lifted off at 8:29 pm EST Monday (0129 GMT Tuesday) carrying 11 Orbcomm second-generation satellites. After the second stage separated from the first to deliver the satellites to low Earth orbit, the first stage did a series of engine firings to return to the Cape, making a landing in the middle of the pad at a decommissioned launch site called Landing Zone 1. The landing, the first time SpaceX successfully recovered the rocket's first stage, is a major milestone in the company's efforts to make the vehicle reusable. Orbcomm reported that all 11 satellites were in good health after launch.

NASA astronauts complete brief ISS repair spacewalk
Posted: Thu, Dec 24 4:55 PM ET (2155 GMT)
Two NASA astronauts went outside the International Space Station on Monday to move a stuck cart into its proper position. Astronauts Scott Kelly and Tim...

Progress launches to ISS
Posted: Thu, Dec 24 4:49 PM ET (2149 GMT)
The first of a new generation of Progress cargo spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station early Wednesday, two days after launch. A Soyuz rocket...

SpaceX plans Sunday launch and first stage landing attempt
Posted: Sun, Dec 20 12:21 PM ET (1721 GMT)
SpaceX confirmed Saturday that it plans to launch its upgraded Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday evening, and attempt to land the rocket's first stage...

Monday, May 2
You’ve Got To Have A Plan
WMFE-FM Orlando — 5:04 am ET (0904 GMT)
‘Not so far’ from Holly Hill to space, astronaut says
Charleston (SC) Post and Courier — 5:03 am ET (0903 GMT)
Space tourism to bring new health challenges
Brisbane Times — 4:59 am ET (0859 GMT)
Former Moonwalker Pushes Colonization of Mars From Florida Tech
The Chronicle of Higher Education — 4:56 am ET (0856 GMT)
System of Systems: OCX passes first qualification
GPS World — 4:55 am ET (0855 GMT)
Self-reliance is the key
The Hindu — 4:54 am ET (0854 GMT)
What made the painted swirls on the Moon's surface?
Cosmos Magazine — 4:53 am ET (0853 GMT)
Missiles to Minotaurs: Orbital ATK seeking to use former ICBM parts
SpaceFlight Insider — 4:50 am ET (0850 GMT)
SpaceX completes static fire ahead of JCSAT-14 mission — 4:41 am ET (0841 GMT)
How to bump an asteroid off course
The Guardian — 4:25 am ET (0825 GMT)
This Is How Hawking Thinks — 4:23 am ET (0823 GMT)
NASA Investigating Benefits Of Aerosol Jet Printing
Aviation Week — 4:22 am ET (0822 GMT)

Sunday, May 1
Bound for Mars, a robot arrives in Boston for training
Boston Globe — 10:27 am ET (1427 GMT)
‘What’s It Like in Space?’ by Ariel Waldman
Boston Globe — 9:45 am ET (1345 GMT)

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