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YIR III: From dwarfs to giants – the missions of Dawn, Juno, and Cassini


Moving out into the asteroid belt and farther still to the gas giants, NASA’s Dawn, Juno, and Cassini missions churned away in orbit of their respective hosts –…

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft marks one year at dwarf planet Ceres


Eight and a half years after its launch from Florida, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft celebrated its one year anniversary at the dwarf planet Ceres on Sunday. The craft’s anniversary…

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Dawn completes historic arrival at Ceres


NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has completed its historic arrival at the dwarf planet Ceres. With the completion of a multi-year mission and journey, Dawn slipped into Ceres orbit on…

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Three ISS crewmembers make pre-dawn Earth return following ISS departure


Three crewmembers of the International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 33 crew – comprising American astronaut Suni Williams, Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide, and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko – undocked…

Delta II finally launches with Dawn


A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II launch vehicle has launched with the Orbital Sciences built Dawn spacecraft – en route to the asteroids Vesta and Ceres. Launch…

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft damaged


The Dawn mission won’t be delayed past it’s July 7 launch date target, despite news of damage occurring on part of the spacecraft. Believed to be a solar…

Delta II suffers pad problem – Dawn may be delayed


United Launch Alliance engineers have been forced to cease processing of the Delta II launch vehicle, which is set to carry NASA’s Dawn spacecraft from LC-17B at Cape…

DAWN mission back on


NASA has officially reinstated the DAWN mission, confirming an earlier report on NASAWatch.com, with the mission being saved from a previous cancellation. The DAWN mission will investigate the…

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ILS Proton M successfully launches AsiaSat-9


International Launch Services (ILS) is upping the pace of its Proton-M launches with another mission following on closely from its Amazonas 5 success. The Russian workhorse – along…

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ILS Proton-M successfully launches Amazonas 5


International Launch Services (ILS) launched its Proton-M launch vehicle with the Amazonas 5 satellite on Monday. The Russian workhorse – along with its Breeze-M upper stage partner –…

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On Atlantis’ anniversary, USA’s future space fleet closing in on maiden flights


The long-awaited return of American astronauts launching on US spacecraft, a capability last seen when Atlantis closed out the Shuttle Program in 2011, is set to return next…

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Pioneer 10: first probe to leave the inner solar system & precursor to Juno


The first spacecraft to leave the inner solar system sailed into the asteroid belt 45 years ago today, 15 July 1972, on a mission that would mark many…

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Air Force’s X-37B lands at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility


After several false dawns, the US Air Force’s X-37B mini-spaceplane has landed at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for the first time. With local reports of a sonic…

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The Grand Finale: Cassini enters final mission


Nearly 20 years after launch and almost 13 years at the majestic ringed planet, the Cassini spacecraft is about to enter the final phase of its historic mission….

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YIR V: ‘Planet Nine’ – Pushing the boundaries of the solar system


In 2016, our understanding of our cosmic home might have taken its most significant leap forward since the discovery of Uranus shattered our then perception of a six-planet…

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YIR IV: New Horizons returns all data of Pluto, a small world with big surprises


It was the dominant event in spaceflight last year: New Horizons’ rapid-paced, intense scientific investigation of the icy, dwarf planet Pluto – the mysterious little world that once…

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YIR II: Curiosity & Opportunity – Revelations, pushing the limits of longevity


From the orbits of the inner solar system to the surface of Mars.  For Curiosity and Opportunity, 2016 continued the rovers’ revelations of the mysteries of the Martian surface…

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ULA Delta IV launches WGS-8 satellite


United Launch Alliance (ULA) has launched a Delta IV rocket on Wednesday evening, carrying the eighth satellite in the US Air Force’s Wideband Global Satcom system. The rocket…

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Progress MS-04/65P fails during launch to the ISS


The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) launched the Progress MS-04/65P resupply mission to the ISS on Thursday at 09:51:52 EST (14:51:52 UTC).  The mission was the third of…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne tasked with NASA’s Advanced SEP system development


As part of its initiative to advance exploration in the solar system, NASA has awarded Aerojet Rocketdyne a contract for two crucial elements of an Advanced Electric Propulsion…