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NASA is considering buying new spacecraft during program delays in Russia

By Joey Roulette ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – NASA said Friday it wanted the option to buy two additional astronaut seats aboard a Russian rocket as an emergency plan against further delays in the launch systems of SpaceX and Boeing Co. by Elon Musk A potential purchase "provides flexibility and backup capability" as companies build rocket and capsule launcher systems for …

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NASA lost contact with two mini-Mars spacecraft and they do not know exactly why – BGR

NASA's Mars InSight mission continues. The robotic lander is preparing for months of research that will tell scientists more about the planet's interior than ever before. Unfortunately, two of the machines that helped NASA track InSight's perfect landing, refuse to answer space agency calls, and no one knows exactly why. The success of the MarCO mini-satellites – called WALL-E and …

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Israel Launches First Private Spacecraft for the Moon

"Moon of Israel" is an epic 1924 film from the Golden Age of Silent Movies and was the launching pad for the directorial career of Michael Curtiz, made famous by "Casablanca". Sequels rarely meet the original. If Israel's plans to launch a robotic lander on the moon in February 2019 can be viewed as a sequel, this new mission "Moon …

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Japan launches meteor spawning minisatellite, 6 other spacecraft into orbit

Japan today (January 17) launched seven orbital spacecraft, including a small satellite capable of producing dazzling artificial meteor showers. The payloads rode aboard an Epsilon rocket that departed from the Uchinoura Space Center on the Japanese island of Kyushu at 19:50 EST (0050 GMT and 21:50 local time in Japan, on January 18). If everything goes according to plan, the …

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SpaceX plans to develop a Mars spacecraft in the Los Angeles area

The company had planned to use a port location to develop a spacecraft for travel to Mars. However, CEO Elon Musk said on a Tweet Wednesday that the company will be working on the technology at its long-established headquarters in the suburb of LA in Hawthorne, testing the spacecraft at its launch site in Texas. The decision has been made …

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