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45 Years Ago Today: Relive the Historic Apollo 11 Launch

by Nancy Atkinson July 16, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter 45 years ago today — on July 16th, 1969 — the Apollo 11 crew left Earth for the first human mission to land on the Moon. Launching on at Saturn V rocket from Cape Kennedy, the mission sent Commander Neil Armstrong, […]

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SpaceX Launches Six Commercial Satellites on Falcon 9; Landing Test Ends in “Kaboom”

by Nancy Atkinson July 14, 2014

SpaceX successfully launched six ORBCOMM advanced telecommunications satellites into orbit on Monday, July 14, to significantly upgrade the speed and capacity of their existing data relay network. The launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida had been delayed or scrubbed several times since the original launch date in May due to varying problems […]

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Timelapse: Watch the Antares Rocket Go Vertical on the Launch Pad

by Nancy Atkinson July 11, 2014

Now standing at attention, ready for duty! At about 3:30 p.m. on July 10, Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket was raised to its vertical position at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Launch Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Antares is carrying the Cygnus spacecraft loaded with 3,293 pounds (1,494 kg) of supplies for the […]

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Original Drawing of MAVEN Launch is a Throwback to the Early Days of Space Exploration

by Nancy Atkinson November 22, 2013

We’ve seen some great images from the launch of the MAVEN spacecraft earlier this week, but this original drawing of the moment of liftoff of the Atlas V carrying MAVEN is remarkable. This pencil illustration is reminiscent of the early days of spaceflight – or perhaps even the pre-spaceflight days, before we had actual images […]

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Celebrating MAVEN’s Launch, Planetary Style

by Scott Lewis November 18, 2013

If you can’t attend a rocket launch live, the next best thing might be watching it on a big screen, surrounded by fellow space fans. Today, as the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft sat atop an Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral, space lovers from southern California collected at the Crawford Family Forum […]

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