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Nigeria launches satellite to replace earlier failed attempt

Nigeria launches satellite to replace earlier failed attempt | Space Missions and Exploration | Scoop.it
Lagos (AFP) Dec 19, 2011 - Nigeria on Monday launched a communications satellite into space to replace one that failed in 2008, the country's satellite agency said.
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Next ESA Astronaut Ready For Launch As Soyuz Rolls Out

Next ESA Astronaut Ready For Launch As Soyuz Rolls Out | Space Missions and Exploration | Scoop.it
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (SPX) Dec 20, 2011 -
The Christmas season has brought the gift of a Soyuz launcher for the PromISSe mission.
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Japan launches new spy satellite

Japan launches new spy satellite | Space Missions and Exploration | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 12, 2011 - Japan launched a new spy satellite into orbit Monday amid concerns over North Korea's missile programme and to monitor natural disasters in the region, officials said.
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NASA Ready to Test Upgraded J-2X Powerpack

NASA Ready to Test Upgraded J-2X Powerpack | Space Missions and Exploration | Scoop.it
Huntsville AL (SPX) Dec 08, 2011 -
For engineers working on the J-2X engine program, installation of the upgraded J-2X powerpack on the A-1 Test Stand on Dec. 5 had to feel like a long-awaited holiday gift.
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Lockheed Martin shows us how it's getting Orion ready to explore the cosmos

Lockheed Martin shows us how it's getting Orion ready to explore the cosmos | Space Missions and Exploration | Scoop.it

Some updated info on Orion, with video!

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China breaks record with Long March 3A launch of another BeiDou-2 satellite | NASASpaceFlight.com

China breaks record with Long March 3A launch of another BeiDou-2 satellite | NASASpaceFlight.com | Space Missions and Exploration | Scoop.it
A record breaking 16th successful launch of the year for China took place at 21:07 UTC on Thursday, when a Long March 3A (Chang Zheng-3A) launch vehicle...
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长征二号丙火箭成功发射遥感卫星十三号

长征二号丙火箭成功发射遥感卫星十三号

China successfully launches YG-13 remote sensing sattelite

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Russia launches Chinese satellite

Russia launches Chinese satellite | Space Missions and Exploration | Scoop.it
Moscow (AFP) Nov 26, 2011 - A Russian Proton-M rocket completed the successful launch Saturday of an advanced Chinese communications satellite that should help expand television coverage in parts of Southeast Asia.
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Come Home X-37B

Come Home X-37B | Space Missions and Exploration | Scoop.it
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 26, 2011 - At the end of November, the mysterious X-37B robot spaceplane will reach a critical point in its mission.
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SES-4 Satellite Arrives at Baikonur Launch Base

SES-4 Satellite Arrives at Baikonur Launch Base | Space Missions and Exploration | Scoop.it
Luxemburg (SPX) Nov 22, 2011 - SES S.A.reports that the SES-4 satellite has arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where it is being processed for launch aboard an ILS Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by International...
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Russian experts baffled by erratic behavior of Mars probe

Russian experts baffled by erratic behavior of Mars probe | Space Missions and Exploration | Scoop.it

Looks like Roscosmos is still in the dark :(

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MSL launch delayed to Saturday Nov 26

MSL launch delayed to Saturday Nov 26 | Space Missions and Exploration | Scoop.it
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Nov 21, 2011 - The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V carrying NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) has been delayed one day to allow time for the team to remove and replace a flight termination system bat...
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New Missions To Investigate How Mars Turned Hostile

New Missions To Investigate How Mars Turned Hostile | Space Missions and Exploration | Scoop.it
Greenbelt, MD (SPX) Nov 21, 2011 -
Maybe because it appears as a speck of blood in the sky, the planet Mars was named after the Roman god of war. From the point of view of life as we know it, that's appropriate.
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Paul Allen-backed Stratolaunch Systems promises flexible, low-cost access to space

Paul Allen-backed Stratolaunch Systems promises flexible, low-cost access to space | Space Missions and Exploration | Scoop.it

Another private space launch company, this time backed by Paul Allen.  Video too!

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China to launch communications satellite for Turkmenistan

China to launch communications satellite for Turkmenistan | Space Missions and Exploration | Scoop.it
Beijing (XNA) Dec 08, 2011 -
China will launch a communications satellite for Turkmenistan with its Long March-3B carrier rocket in 2014, the Chinese launch contractor said on Tuesday.
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SpaceX mission to space station set for February

SpaceX mission to space station set for February | Space Missions and Exploration | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) Dec 9, 2011 - SpaceX will fly its Dragon capsule on an unmanned mission to the International Space Station in February, marking the first-ever bid by a private company to dock at the orbiting lab, NASA said Friday.

 

First time ever a private company is doing this!

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ESA gives up bids to contact stranded Russian space probe

ESA gives up bids to contact stranded Russian space probe | Space Missions and Exploration | Scoop.it

Some news about Phobos-Grunt, bad news :(

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Voyager spacecraft offer up unprecedented view of galaxy

Voyager spacecraft offer up unprecedented view of galaxy | Space Missions and Exploration | Scoop.it
Decades after NASA's Voyager spacecraft began hurtling toward interstellar space, the twin probes are still shedding light on the universe, now by offering an unprecedented view of our own galaxy.
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[MSL] Launch of Mars Rover, Curiosity on Atlas V Rocket

Curiosity on board Atlas V launch video

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Pleiades 1 is readied for launch

Pleiades 1 is readied for launch | Space Missions and Exploration | Scoop.it
Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Nov 24, 2011 - The Pleiades 1 Earth observation satellite payload for Arianespace's second Soyuz mission from French Guiana is undergoing pre-launch checkout at the Spaceport as this platform is readied for flight...
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Space Station Trio Lands Safely in Kazakhstan

Space Station Trio Lands Safely in Kazakhstan | Space Missions and Exploration | Scoop.it
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 23, 2011 - Three International Space Station crew members safely returned to Earth on Monday, wrapping up nearly six months in space during which NASA and its international partners celebrated the 11th anniver...
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