Space launches

December 16, 2018 - 11:21 am
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile. The satellite is scheduled to lift off Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It's the first of 32 planned GPS III satellites, all being built by...
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In this Jan. 11, 2018 photo provided by Virgin Galactic, the VSS Unity is released from the WhiteKnightTwo aircraft during a gliding test for SpaceShipTwo near Mojave, Calif. The spaceship isn’t launched from the ground but is carried beneath the special aircraft to an altitude around 50,000 feet (15,240 meters). There, it’s released before igniting its rocket engine and climbing. (Virgin Galactic via AP)
December 13, 2018 - 10:19 am
MOJAVE, Calif, (AP) — The Latest on a test flight of Virgin Atlantic's space tourism rocket ship (all times local): 7 a.m. A jet carrying Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship has taken off from a California airport on a test flight. The two pilots will attempt to launch the craft on a supersonic...
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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, the Chang'e 4 lunar probe launches from the the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. China launched a ground-breaking mission Saturday to soft-land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and U.S. (Jiang Hongjing/Xinhua via AP)
December 07, 2018 - 7:47 pm
BEIJING (AP) — China launched a ground-breaking mission Saturday to land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and the U.S. A Long March 3B rocket carrying a lunar probe blasted off at 2:...
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December 07, 2018 - 1:31 am
BEIJING (AP) — China was preparing to launch a ground-breaking mission early Saturday to soft-land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and U.S. With its Chang'e 4 mission, China hopes...
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In this photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express, launches from Space Launch Complex-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. The SpaceX rocket carrying 64 small satellites, marks the first time the same Falcon 9 rocket has been used in three space missions. (Michael Peterson/U.S. Air Force via AP)
December 03, 2018 - 8:52 pm
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket carrying 64 small satellites lifted off from California on Monday, marking the first time the same Falcon 9 rocket has been used in three space missions. The rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, arcing over the Pacific Ocean...
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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-11 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. The Russian rocket carries U.S. astronaut Anne McClain, Russian cosmonaut Оleg Kononenko‎ and CSA astronaut David Saint Jacques. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
December 03, 2018 - 3:58 pm
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — Three astronauts who were launched into space aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft Monday entered the International Space Station nearly eight hours later, a relief to relatives and scientists months after a rocket failure aborted another mission. The hatch of the capsule...
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December 03, 2018 - 3:40 pm
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket carrying 64 small satellites lifted off from California on Monday, marking the first time the same Falcon 9 rocket has been used in three space missions. The rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, arcing over the Pacific Ocean...
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December 03, 2018 - 3:03 pm
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket carrying 64 small satellites lifted off from California on Monday, marking the first time the same Falcon 9 rocket has been used in three space missions. The rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, arcing over the Pacific Ocean...
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U.S. astronaut Anne McClain, centre, Russian cosmonaut Оleg Kononenko, bottom, and CSA astronaut David Saint Jacques, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station, ISS, wave as they board the rocket prior to the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Shamil Zhumatov, Pool)
December 03, 2018 - 3:00 pm
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — The Latest on the launch of crews to the International Space Station (all times local): 1:45 a.m. Three astronauts who launched into space aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft have entered the International Space Station after spending nearly eight hours in their tiny...
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December 03, 2018 - 2:15 pm
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a SpaceX rocket launch from California (all times local): 11:10 a.m. For the third time, SpaceX has successfully launched and landed the same first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket. The spacecraft carrying dozens of small satellites lifted off Monday...
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