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Watching the Space Shuttle launch today

Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of six astronauts are headed for space, ready to begin their 16-day mission to the International Space Station. Following a relatively smooth countdown, the weather cooperated leading to an on-time liftoff from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 8:56 a.m. EDT. I watched the […]

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SpaceX achieves orbit with new rocket

On June 7, SpaceX successfully launched its first Falcon 9 rocket into orbit. While NASA’s plans for manned spaceflight are up in the air (if you’ll pardon the pun), SpaceX has been working on the Falcon 9 (and it’s predecessors) on a purely commercial basis. It is possible that this rocket may be one of […]

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Blast off! Inside Britain’s secret space industry

Colin Pillinger, leader of the failed Beagle 2 mission to land a probe on Mars, is an exception. Not because he is an unlikely folk hero or because his West Country burr masks shrewd PR skills and a mind like a steel trap but because he is famous. He is probably unique amongst scientists in […]

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