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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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