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Orion sails through halfway point of Artemis 1 moon mission

A camera on one of the Orion spacecraft’s solar array wings captured this view of the crew module Monday, Nov. 28, with the Earth and the moon in the background. Credit: NASA At the halfway point in NASA’s Artemis 1 mission, the unpiloted Orion moonship is chalking up a near-flawless flight, mission managers said Monday, …

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India launches satellite for ocean monitoring

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifts off with the EOS 6 satellite. Credit: ISRO India launched a satellite Saturday to measure ocean winds and water temperatures, adding a key data source for weather forecasters tracking tropical cyclone development around the world. The new ocean monitoring spacecraft, named EOS-06 or Oceansat 3, took off Saturday at …

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Orion capsule enters distant retrograde orbit, breaks Apollo distance record

A camera on NASA’s Orion spacecraft captured this view Saturday as the capsule flew a quarter-million miles from Earth. Credit: NASA NASA’s Orion spacecraft fired its main engine Friday to slip into a distant lunar orbit, putting it on course to range farther from Earth than any of the Apollo astronauts flew in humanity’s first …

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NASA managers thrilled with initial results of Artemis moon mission

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION NASA’s Orion spacecraft, pictured by a solar array wingtip camera, with the moon in the background. Credit: NASA NASA’s unpiloted Orion moonship, sailing smoothly toward a remote lunar orbit after a spectacular low-altitude flyby Monday, is operating in near-flawless fashion, mission managers reported Monday, out-performing expectations on a …

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Eutelsat satellite to get last ride from SpaceX’s oldest active Falcon 9 booster

EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated at 9 p.m. EST on Nov. 20 with 24-hour launch delay. The Eutelsat 10B communications satellite inside an antenna test range at Thales Alenia Space in Cannes, France. Credit: Eutelsat A 12,000-pound European broadband communications satellite designed to beam internet signals to airplanes and ships is ready to rocket into a high-altitude orbit …

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James Webb Space Telescope spots what may be most distant galaxy yet found

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION What appears to be the most distant galaxy yet detected shows up as a small red blob in this James Webb Space Telescope image. Data analysis indicates the galaxy was shining just 350 million years after the Big Bang birth of the cosmos, some 50 million years earlier …

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ABL Space Systems on verge of first orbital launch attempt

ABL Space Systems’ RS1 rocket horizontal at Launch Pad 3C at Alaska Aerospace’s Pacific Spaceport Complex. Credit: ABL Space Systems ABL Space Systems could launch the first test flight of its one-ton class RS1 rocket from Alaska as soon as this week, after securing a launch license from the Federal Aviation Administration, the company said …

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Atlas 5 rocket moves closer to retirement with final launch from California

ULA’s Atlas 5 rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 3-East at Vandenberg Space Force Base with NOAA’s JPSS 2 weather satellite and NASA’s LOFTID re-entry tech demo experiment. Credit: Alex Polimeni / Spaceflight Now The 301st and final Atlas rocket to launch from California blasted off Thursday with a NOAA weather satellite and a …

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Cygnus cargo ship arrive at space station after solar array trouble

Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft in the grasp of the International Space Station’s Canadian-built robotic arm Wednesday. Credit: NASA TV/Spaceflight Now A Northrop Grumman Cygnus supply ship arrived at the International Space Station Wednesday, overcoming a deployment failure on one of its two power-generating solar arrays to deliver 4.1 tons of cargo and experiments to …

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China launches high-power Ka-band communications satellite

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket takes off with the Chinasat 19 communications satellite. Credit: CASC China launched a high-power communications satellite Saturday on a mission to connect airline passengers, maritime vessels, and other users across China, Southeast Asia, and remote routes between the Asia-Pacific region and North America. The Chinasat 19, or Zhongxing 19, communications …

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