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Soyuz sends new crew to ISS
Posted: Tue, Dec 4 5:06 PM ET (2206 GMT)
Soyuz MS-11 launch (NASA) A Soyuz spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station Monday after a successful launch from Kazakhstan. The Soyuz rocket carrying the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 6:31 am EST (1131 GMT), placing the spacecraft into orbit nine minutes later. Soyuz MS-11, carrying Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, American astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, docked with the ISS at about 12:33 pm EST (1733 GMT). The launch was the first crewed mission for the Soyuz since the Oct. 11 Soyuz MS-10 launch that suffered an abort two minutes after liftoff because of a booster malfunction. Prior to the launch, the crew of this mission said they were confident in both the rocket and the spacecraft and were looking forward to a busy time in the coming months on the ISS.

NASA selects winners in CLPS competition
Posted: Tue, Dec 4 5:04 PM ET (2204 GMT)
Lockheed Martin lunar lander illustration Nov 2018 NASA announced Thursday the selection of nine companies eligible for future contracts to transport payloads to the moon. The companies, ranging from Lockheed Martin to small startups, were selected for NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program, under which NASA will buy payload space on commercial landers these companies will develop for scientific instruments and other payloads. While the maximum value of all the contracts is $2.6 billion over 10 years, for now each company will receive only a small amount of funding to develop a payload users' guide, and will then be eligible to compete for task orders under CLPS to fly those payloads.

Rocket launches Russian military satellites
Posted: Tue, Dec 4 5:02 PM ET (2202 GMT)
A Russian Rockot rocket launched three military satellites early Friday. The Rockot lifted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia at 9:27 pm...

Friday, December 14
Behind Virgin Galactic’s First Spaceflight
The New Yorker — 8:37 am ET (1337 GMT)
Virgin Galactic makes it to space
Quartz — 7:15 am ET (1215 GMT)
Gridlock in the sky
Washington Post — 7:09 am ET (1209 GMT)
The Virgin Galactic Hype Totally Misses the Point
Popular Mechanics — 7:07 am ET (1207 GMT)
Virgin Galactic has reached suborbital space for the first time
Technology Review — 7:06 am ET (1206 GMT)
HI-SEAS Receives NASA Grant to Complete Research
Big Island (HI) Now — 7:01 am ET (1201 GMT)
First commercial launch of Japan’s H3 rocket set for 2022
Aerospace Testing International — 6:58 am ET (1158 GMT)
NASA named best place to work in federal government
Huntsville Times — 6:56 am ET (1156 GMT)
Mars InSight Lander Seen in First Images from Space
NASA/JPL — 6:54 am ET (1154 GMT)
Virgin Galactic Sends SpaceShipTwo Above 50 Miles — 6:53 am ET (1153 GMT)
Shanahan: Space Force Decision Made, But Not Ready To Reveal It — 6:52 am ET (1152 GMT)

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