Hubble Space Telescope in good shape 5 years after final servicing

Five years after a final shuttle servicing mission, the Hubble Space Telescope's instruments are operating in near-flawless fashion and while one of its six stabilizing gyros has failed, engineers are optimistic the observatory will operate through the end of the decade. Read More...

Ariane 5 boosts last ATV cargo ship into orbit

The fifth and final launch of the European Space Agency's fifth and final station-bound ATV cargo ship marks the end of an era as the agency shifts its focus to providing power and propulsion for NASA's Orion deep space exploration vehicle. (UPDATED) Read More...

Delta 4 rocket finally takes off on oft-delayed military mission

Running five days late because of stormy weather and trouble with ground equipment, a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket finally thundered to life and climbed away from Cape Canaveral Monday, boosting three military satellites into orbit. (UPDATED)
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Progress cargo ship blasts off, docks with space station

A Russian Progress cargo ship loaded with 2.8 tons of supplies and equipment blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Wednesday and docked with the International Space Station after a problem-free rendezvous. Read More...

Armstrong honored on 45th anniversary of moon landing

Apollo 11's Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins joined NASA dignitaries and Neil Armstrong's family Monday to rename the iconic Operations and Checkout Building at the Kennedy Space Center in honor of the first man to walk on the moon.
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45 years later, Apollo 11 landing still riveting

Forty-five years after Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong and astronaut Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon and became the first humans to visit another world, the sheer drama of their descent to the cratered surface still reads like an improbable thriller. Read More...

Cygnus cargo ship berthed at station

A Cygnus cargo ship loaded with more than 1.5 tons of supplies and equipment was plucked out of open space by the International Space Station's robot arm early Wednesday and pulled in for berthing to wrap up a three-day rendezvous.
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SpaceX Falcon 9 boosts Orbcomm data sats to orbit

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket boosted six lightweight Orbcomm data relay satellites into space Monday in a commercial launch marking the 10th apparent success in a row for the California rocket builder. (UPDATED)
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Antares rocket boosts commercial Cygnus cargo ship into orbit

An Orbital Sciences Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus cargo capsule thundered away from the Virginia coast Sunday and streaked into orbit, kicking off a three-day flight to deliver more than 1.5 tons of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station.
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Antares rocket readied for launch on station resupply flight

After a string of delays cause by stormy weather, conflicts with other flights and an engine test failure, Orbital Sciences Corp. is readying an Antares rocket for launch Sunday to carry 1.7 tons of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station. Read More...

NASA finalizes $2.8B SLS contract with Boeing

NASA has finalized a $2.8 billion contract with Boeing for development of avionics systems and the 20-story-tall first stage of the agency's planned Space Launch System rocket, a gargantuan booster intended to propel astronauts on missions to deep space targets. Read More...

Government seeks dismissal of SpaceX contract challenge

The U.S. government has filed a motion with the Court of Federal Claims to dismiss a key element in a lawsuit by SpaceX challenging a sole-source multi-rocket contract awarded to United Launch Alliance last December. Read More...

Delta 2 boosts NASA environmental satellite into orbit

A workhorse Delta 2 rocket roared to life and climbed away from California coast early Wednesday, boosting an environmental research satellite into orbit on a $468 million mission to precisely measure global carbon dioxide levels, a key factor in climate change. (UPDATED)
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OCO-2 launch scrubbed by launch pad glitch

An attempt to launch an environmental research satellite atop a Delta 2 rocket at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif, Tuesday was derailed just 45 seconds before the planned liftoff by a glitch in the pad's sound-suppression water system. Read More...

NASA preps environmental satellite for launch

Getting a second chance after a 2009 launch failure, environmental researchers are eagerly awaiting launch early Tuesday of a $468 million mission designed to precisely measure carbon dioxide levels in Earth's atmosphere.
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