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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 17, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 17, 2012

It's time to begin counting down to the weekend once again, because we've hit Wednesday evening. Today we heard that the iPad Mini could launch on November 2, which makes sense considering that date is just over a week after Apple's October 23 press event. Later in the day, more sources were mentioning a November 2 release date for the iPad Mini, as well as spilling a few more details about the long-rumored device. The Isis NFC mobile payment system will apparently be launching on October 22, and Microsoft said that Internet Explorer 10 will be coming to Windows 7 in mid-November.

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ISS Star Trails video sings space in beams of light

ISS Star Trails video sings space in beams of light

If you're looking for a lovely video to watch today while you eat lunch, journalist Christoph Malin has just what you're seeking - a "Star Trails" video showing time-lapse imagery captured by the International Space Station. The video you're about to see captures a collection of photos snapped by the ISS and places one image on top of another and another on another, making "Tron trails" through space. Accompanying this lovely set of images is music from a set of rather talented artists as well, starting with "Eileen" by Lee Rosevere and moving on to "Window #3" by Two Bicycles.

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SpaceX ISS mission HD photos released from space

SpaceX ISS mission HD photos released from space

If you've been following the SpaceX mission with the Dragon capsule attaching to the International Space Station for a second time - this time with cargo - you'll be glad to see a lovely collection of in-person photos. These photos show the SpaceX Dragon attaching to the space station with cargo in-tact and Earth making a lovely pose in the background with a giant smile for the camera. This resupply mission has thus far been a complete success and is expected to return to our planet with another payload from the station itself as well.

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SpaceX Dragon fully docked with ISS

SpaceX Dragon fully docked with ISS

Earlier this morning, the SpaceX Dragon capsule was making its way toward the International Space Station to deliver all sorts of goods. The capsule was successfully grabbed by the Space Station's 58-foot-long robotic arm about two hours ago to yank it out of its orbit and pull it towards the ISS. The capsule is now fully and completely docked with the International Space Station.

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SpaceX Dragon engine loss had consequences for Orbcomm OG2 satellite

SpaceX Dragon engine loss had consequences for Orbcomm OG2 satellite

The SpaceX Dragon capsule is currently on the way to the International Space Station, but today we found out that the launch didn't exactly go as smoothly as planned. A little over one minute into the launch, the Falcon 9 rocket lost one of its engines. We were told that this little issue won't affect the mission to the ISS, but now Orbcomm is saying that the engine loss had some unintended consequences for the launch of one of its OG2 telecommunications satellites.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 8, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 8, 2012

Welcome to Monday evening everyone. Today featured a couple of a big stories, including the House Intelligence Committee warning of Huawei and ZTE potentially allowing the Chinese government to spy on the US. Huawei was quick to release a statement giving us its own side of the story and defending its business, and those US lawmakers also delivered a list of five things the government must do to prevent Huawei and ZTE from helping China with espionage.

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SpaceX reporting tiny explosion in Dragon ISS launch [UPDATED with statement]

SpaceX reporting tiny explosion in Dragon ISS launch [UPDATED with statement]

This morning we're hearing official word from SpaceX that their Dragon capsule launch to the International Space Station didn't go as perfect as it seemed in the live feed. What you're about to see is a bit of an explosion, some debris flying from the craft, and a burst of fire. Of course as the fire is surrounded by lots of fire from the rockets surrounding it, it'll be just a bit difficult to detect - good thing the video is in slow motion and you'll see it all in all of its glorious detail.

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NASA SpaceX CRS-1 mission gets go-ahead, takes off tonight

NASA SpaceX CRS-1 mission gets go-ahead, takes off tonight

This morning it's been confirmed that NASA has given the go-ahead to SpaceX as they launch their second such mission towards the International Space Station with a Dragon capsule. This mission is known as CRS-1 and will be a rendezvous mission with the ISS done in order to resupply the station with a mission-sized load of operational cargo. This is the main difference between the mission that's taking place now and the SpaceX mission that took place back in May of this year.

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SpaceX Dragon capsule set to launch for ISS tomorrow

SpaceX Dragon capsule set to launch for ISS tomorrow

Tomorrow is a big day for the folks at SpaceX and NASA. SpaceX's Dragon space capsule will be launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station tomorrow, October 7, with the intention of carrying 1,000 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station. The launch of the Dragon capsule marks the first time cargo has been transported to the ISS in an unmanned, private, America-made spacecraft.

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