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SpaceX reusable cargo ship returns to Earth

SpaceX reusable cargo ship returns to Earth

Ending a mission to supply astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), a SpaceX reusable cargo ship loaded with 3,800 pounds of no-longer-needed equipment and trash splashed down into the Pacific Ocean safely on Sunday.

The Dragon capsule had docked with the ISS on 23rd of February, and remained there for around a month to allow astronauts to unload more than two tones of food, water and scientific equipment and reload it with scientific samples, no-longer-required equipment and trash.

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SpaceX postpones launch of Falcon 9 carrying EchoStar 23 satellite

SpaceX postpones launch of Falcon 9 carrying EchoStar 23 satellite

SpaceX postponed the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the EchoStar 23 satellite by around a couple of days as high winds scrubbed the planned launch on Tuesday, company officials confirmed.

Officials announced the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the direct-to-home television broadcast satellite was postponed to 1:35 a.m. EST (0535 GMT) on Thursday, 16th of March.

The launch was originally scheduled to take place at 1:34 a.m. EDT (0534 GMT) on Tuesday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Falcon 9 rocket successfully performs static fire test

Falcon 9 rocket successfully performs static fire test

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully performed a static fire test on Thursday, completing a key readiness test before its scheduled launch from Florida with a commercial television broadcast satellite next week.

Kept down by heavy-duty restraints, the rocket fired up its 9-Merlin 1D engines for around three seconds at 6 p. m. EST or 2300 GMT at the launch pad 39A of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Cygnus spacecraft to deliver NASA cargo to ISS

Cygnus spacecraft to deliver NASA cargo to ISS

Orbital ATK has confirmed that it is targeting 19th of March for the launch of its seventh cargo mission, dubbed OA-7, to the International Space Station (ISS).

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the Cygnus cargo spacecraft is scheduled to blast off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station during a thirty-minute launch window starting at 10:56 p. m. EDT on that date.

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Astronomers discover 7 Earth-like planets

Astronomers discover 7 Earth-like planets

Seven Earth-sized planets are circling a nearby dwarf star in tight, fast ellipses, and one of them is particularly the best candidate for supporting life, an international team of astronomers announced on Wednesday.

The discovery is rare because the exoplanets circling the dwarf star TRAPPIST-1, which is 39 light years away, has so-many Earth-sized planets that are believed to be temperate, meaning they could have liquid water on their surfaces with a potential to support life.

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NASA wants public to find a missing planet

NASA wants public to find a missing planet

NASA scientists believe that our solar system has nine planets, and they want member of the public to help them discover that ninth planet.

Space projects site Zooniverse has recently launched a NASA-funded venture, titled “Backyard Worlds: Planet 9,” which allows members of the public to participate in the search for the yet-to-be-discovered planet.

Project managers said anyone can participate in the search for the ninth planet, which is also called the Planet X.

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Columbia Shuttle disaster remembered on its 14th anniversary

Columbia Shuttle disaster remembered on its 14th anniversary

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, marked the 14th anniversary of the devastating Columbia Space Shuttle disaster that had claimed seven lives as the shuttle broke up and burnt to ashes while returning from a 16-day space mission.

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Moon swept by Venus in the night sky

Moon swept by Venus in the night sky

Just after sunset on Sunday, sky gazers were able to feat their eyes on the two brightest objects in the night sky as the Moon was swept by Venus.

The thin waxing crescent Moon, the only natural satellite of our planet, looked rather low in the sky just after the sunset and many caught it soon after before it disappeared.

As the Moon is gradually sliding away from the setting Sun, toward Venus, it will appear even closer to the planet after sunset on January 30, 2017. Eventually, the Moon will be sweeping right by Venus and then Mars to round out the month of January.

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Five teams qualified as finalists for X Prize Foundation’s Moon mission

Five teams qualified as finalists for X Prize Foundation’s Moon mission

A total of five international teams have qualified as finalists in an ambitious ongoing race to the Moon, Google-funded X Prize Foundation has announced.

The five finalists are: Moon Express of Florida, Hakuto of Japan, SpaceIL of Israel, Team Indus of India, and an international team of enthusiasts hailing from more than fifteen countries, called Synergy Moon.

Chanda Gonzales-Mowrer, senior director for X Prize Foundation, said that they were very thrilled to have five contenders, who are working from all over the globe on the mission, qualified as finalists.

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Cassini captures spectacular view of Saturn’s moon Daphnis

Cassini captures spectacular view of Saturn’s moon Daphnis

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Cassini spacecraft has captured stunning images of the Saturn moon Daphnis, providing the closest view of the small natural satellite obtained yet.

Cassini captured images of Daphnis while making one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of gaseous planet’s rings on Jan. 16, 2017.

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