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Orion capsule closes in for lunar flyby

A camera mounted on the trip of one of the Orion spacecraft’s solar array wings captured this view of the capsule during an exterior survey Nov. 18. Credit: NASA Nearly five days after its sky-lighting launch, NASA’s unpiloted Orion crew capsule closed in on the moon Sunday, on course for a critical rocket firing and …

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Countdown begins for maiden launch of Artemis moon rocket

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION NASA’s Space Launch System moon rocket on pad 39B. Credit: Walter Scriptunas II / Spaceflight Now Countdown clocks began ticking Saturday for the maiden launch of NASA new Space Launch System rocket Monday on a long-awaited mission to send an unpiloted Orion crew capsule around the moon and …

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Live coverage: Atlas 5 rocket ready for liftoff at dawn Thursday

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from pad 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The mission will launch the U.S. Space Force’s SBIRS GEO 6 missile warning satellite toward geosynchronous orbit. Text updates will appear automatically below. Follow us on Twitter. SFN Live United …

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Europe’s upgraded Vega-C launcher ready for first flight

The first Vega-C launcher inside its mobile gantry at the Guiana Space Center in South America. Credit:ESA-Manuel Pedoussaut Europe’s new Vega-C launcher, debuting more powerful rocket motors and a larger payload volume, is set to lift off on its first flight Wednesday from Kourou, French Guiana, to cap more than seven years of development. The …

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A dying star through the eyes of the James Webb Space Telescope

This side-by-side comparison shows observations of the Southern Ring Nebula in near-infrared light, at left, and mid-infrared light, at right, from NASA’s Webb Telescope. Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI The James Webb Space Telescope’s multi-wavelength observations of the Southern Ring Nebula reveal the dying throes of a star flinging off vast amounts of stellar debris, …

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Stephan’s Quintet: Five galaxies imaged by James Webb Space Telescope

Stephen’s Quintet viewed by the James Webb Space Telescope. The leftmost galaxy, named NGC 7320, is located 40 million light-years from Earth. The other four galaxies (NGC 7317, NGC 7318A, NGC 7318B, and NGC 7319) are closer together and are located about 290 million light-years away. Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI The five galaxies of Stephan’s …

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Atlas 5 launch scrubbed due to stormy weather

ULA’s Atlas 5 rocket, with a lightning strike in the background, during Thursday evening’s countdown. Credit: United Launch Alliance Officials scrubbed the launch of an Atlas 5 rocket for the U.S. Space Force Thursday due to the risk of lightning from nearby thunderstorms, delaying the liftoff of the $1.1 billon mission until Friday evening. Weather …

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Live coverage: Four astronauts ready for launch overnight from Florida’s Space Coast

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on NASA’s Crew-4 mission. The Crew-4 mission will carry astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines, Samantha Cristoforetti, and Jessica Watkins to the International Space Station. Follow us on Twitter. SFN Live Four astronauts will …

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Webb’s fate hinges on high-risk sunshade, mirror deployments

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION If you want to see the faint, stretched-out light from the first stars and galaxies that began shining at the end of the cosmic dark ages a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, you’re going to need a big telescope. But not just any big telescope. …

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Falcon 9 launch timeline with Turksat 5B

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is set for liftoff from Cape Canaveral on Thursday, heading due east over the Atlantic Ocean to deliver the Turkish Turksat 5B communications satellite into orbit around 33 minutes later. The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) rocket is poised for launch from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida during a …

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