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Astronauts in final training for flight on brand new SpaceX crew capsule

NASA mission specialist Kayla Barron, pilot Tom Marshburn, commander Raja Chari, and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer participate in the Crew Equipment Interface Test at Area 59, home of Dragon spacecraft processing at Cape Canaveral Space force Station. Credit: SpaceX The four astronauts set to blast off Oct. 30 to the International Space Station …

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Astronauts choose ‘Endurance’ as name for new SpaceX crew capsule

European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer and NASA astronauts Thomas Marshburn, Raja Chari, and Kayla Barron pose for a photo during training at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Credit: SpaceX The astronauts who will ride SpaceX’s newest Dragon spaceship into orbit later this month said Thursday they named their spacecraft “Endurance” as a tribute to …

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NASA reassigns two astronauts from Boeing missions to SpaceX crew flight

NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada view the rollout of a Boeing Starliner spacecraft before a test flight in December 2019. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky NASA has reassigned two rookie astronauts from missions on Boeing’s troubled Starliner crew capsule to a SpaceX crew mission to the International Space Station late next year, a move agency …

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Launch of Italian radar satellite shifts from Arianespace to SpaceX

File photo of a Falcon 9 launch. Credit: Michael Cain / Spaceflight Now / Coldlife Photography The Italian Space Agency says it has booked a launch with SpaceX as soon as November for a COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation radar remote sensing satellite, shifting the spacecraft from a European Vega C rocket to a Falcon 9 flight from …

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Video: Inspiration4 booster returns to SpaceX hangar for refurbishment

The Falcon 9 rocket used last week to launch the all-civilian Inspiration4 crew into space has returned to a SpaceX hangar at Kennedy Space Center for refurbishment ahead of a future mission. On Thursday, the 156-foot booster rode SpaceX’s rocket transporter from Port Canaveral through Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and Kennedy Space Center toward …

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Photos: Inspiration4 launches from Kennedy Space Center

The first all-private crew to fly into Earth orbit launched Sept. 15 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, streaking into space on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket powered by nine Merlin main engines. The 215-foot-tall (65-meter) rocket lifted off from pad 39A at Kennedy at 8:02:56 p.m. EDT on Sept. 15 (0002:56 GMT …

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Four private citizens ride SpaceX rocket into orbit on historic mission

A Falcon 9 rocket streaks into orbit Wednesday night from Kennedy Space Center, kicking off the Inspiration4 mission. Credit: Michael Cain / Spaceflight Now / Coldlife Photography With the backing of a billionaire businessman, four private citizens blasted off Wednesday night from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a first-of-its-kind fully commercial three-day spaceflight aboard …

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Photos: Inspiration4’s rocket ready for launch on pad 39A

Photographers visited launch pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center early Wednesday to set up remote cameras. Photographer Michael Cain captured these views of the 215-foot-tall (65-meter) Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft ahead of liftoff on the Inspiration 4 private crew mission. Credit: Michael Cain / Spaceflight Now / Coldlife Photography Credit: Michael …

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SpaceX launches first full batch of laser-equipped Starlink satellites

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket streaks into space Monday night in this long exposure photo. Credit: SpaceX SpaceX delivered 51 more Starlink internet spacecraft to orbit Monday night with a successful Falcon 9 rocket launch from California, introducing new inter-satellite optical laser links to improve how the network relays broadband signals around the world. The launch …

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All-civilian flight to orbit blazes new trail for charity with this week’s SpaceX launch

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION The Inspiration4 crew — Chris Sembroski, Hayley Arceneaux, Jared Isaacman, and Sian Proctor — float during a zero-gravity airplane training fight earlier this year. Credit: Inspiration4 / John Kraus An all-civilian, non-astronaut crew, including a childhood cancer survivor, is ready for blastoff this week on a history-making SpaceX flight. …

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