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May 15, 2021

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Space.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX will launch its third Falcon 9 rocket in two weeks Saturday evening (May 15), with the launcher carrying a new fleet of Starlink broadband satellites into space, and you can watch the action live online. The private …

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Spaceflight Now

The scheduled launch Saturday of two commercial BlackSky Earth-imaging satellites from New Zealand will double as an opportunity for Rocket Lab to test an enhanced heat shield on its Electron booster, an upgrade that should allow the company to recover …

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Spaceflight Now

A malfunction just after ignition of the upper stage of a Rocket Lab Electron launcher Saturday destroyed two commercial BlackSky optical Earth-imaging satellites, the launch company’s second failed mission in less than a year. Rocket …

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Spaceflight Now

SpaceX will attempt to fly its fifth Falcon 9 rocket in 22 days Saturday, following the launch of a Crew Dragon mission April 23 that carried four astronauts to the International Space Station, and three more launches — each with 60 Starlink satellites — from …

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Space.com

Much like during NASA’s Perseverance rover landing, Tianwen-1’s landing platform fired some small, downward-facing rocket engines to slow down during the last few seconds of its descent. The China National …

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CNN

(CNN) The barren landscape of Mars makes the planet seem like a quiet, frozen desert where nothing has happened for billions of years except for the occasional dust storm. New research, however, suggests that the red planet has a more recent history of …

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Space.com

The launch failure occurred less than three minutes after a launch from Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula, and just after the Electron’s two stages separated. Two Earth-observing satellites for the company BlackSky, their flight …

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NPR

China landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time on Saturday, a technically challenging feat more difficult than a moon landing, in the latest step forward for its ambitious goals in space. Plans call for a rover to stay in the lander for a few days of diagnostic …

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Spaceflight Now

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stood atop historic launch pad 39A Saturday afternoon as teams counted down to liftoff with 52 more Starlink internet satellites and two hitchhiker payloads. Weather permitting, the 229-foot-tall …

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Phys.Org

Inspired by nature, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), along with collaborators from Washington State University, created a novel material capable of capturing light energy. This material provides a highly efficient artificial …

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