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Blue Origin shares video of important third landing

Blue Origin shares video of important third landing

Over the weekend, Blue Origin, the space agency backed by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, made yet another successful landing of the New Shepard rocket. In fact, this is the third time that very same rocket was launched and landed, first in November and then in January. The company has finally shared the edited video footage of that launch. And while the video seemed almost ordinary and normal, which is probably part of the message, it almost belies the significance of Blue Origin's achievement in the fields of space science and space travel.

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SpaceX launch aborted a 3rd time, partly due to wandering boat

SpaceX launch aborted a 3rd time, partly due to wandering boat

Third time is not a charm this time for the company that was able to safely land an orbital rocket on its third attempt. SpaceX, once again, had to abort its scheduled mission to launch an SES satellite into orbit and, once again, it was due to consideration for the liquid oxygen the rocket was carrying. This time, however, the launch was automatically aborted by the computer mere seconds before liftoff. And this time, it may have been the fault of a still-unnamed boat that wandered where it should not have been.

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SpaceX cancels yet again its second launch mission

SpaceX cancels yet again its second launch mission

Elon Musk and Space X might dream of space travel that is as common as a plane flight, but we are far, far away from that future if this week's aborted launch attempts are any indication. Imagine if you had your flight canceled twice, the last one just minutes before take off. That, unfortunately, is the reality of SpaceX latest launch mission, which has now twice been canceled, first due to inclement weather and now due to technical difficulties, the latter just 2 minutes before launch.

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Virgin Galactic officially debuts SpaceShip Two, the VSS Unity

Virgin Galactic officially debuts SpaceShip Two, the VSS Unity

It's been some time in the making, but Virgin Galactic, the commercial space flight division of Sir Richard Branson's company, has officially taken the wraps off the new SpaceShip Two. As the first new craft from Virgin Galactic since the tragic crash during a 2014 test flight, killing one of two crew members, the ship will bear the name VSS Unity, which was given by none other than Stephen Hawking.

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ISS commander, astronaut Scott Kelly answering questions live on Tumblr right now

ISS commander, astronaut Scott Kelly answering questions live on Tumblr right now

If you've ever wanted to participate in a live, Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything)-like session with an astronaut in space, your chance is RIGHT NOW. All you have to do is head on over to Tumblr, where NASA astronaut, and current commander of the International Space Station, Scott Kelly is answering questions from space. He's participating in an "Answer Time" session, or Tumblr's take on the AMA, where readers can ask any question they like, with the chance Kelly will respond.

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3 things Rosetta and Philae taught us about comets

3 things Rosetta and Philae taught us about comets

As we bid farewell to the comet lander Philae for the last time, we look back and remember three important things we learned from the ESA's monumental mission. Several firsts were achieved by this lander sent to a comet by the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. One: this was the first time that a craft such as this was successfully landed on a comet - not only that, but the first time such a lander was able to send back data on a comet from its surface, too!

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Blue Origin relaunched, landed the rocket it landed last year

Blue Origin relaunched, landed the rocket it landed last year

The rivalry between Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Elon Musk's SpaceX has just entered another chapter. Last November, Blue Origin stole SpaceX's thunder by claiming the title of being the first to successfully land a rocket back from space, albeit sub orbital space. Now, it has once more beaten Musk's company to the punch. Not only was it able to launch the New Shepard booster that it was able to land in one piece last year, it was able to land it again, and in one piece again, ready for launching again.

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Watch SpaceX’s three sea landings side by side

Watch SpaceX’s three sea landings side by side

While nothing will take away SpaceX's victory with the world's first orbital landing, it still has a long way to go before it gets the landing that it really, really wants: landing at sea, on a drone-driven platform. Sadly, thrice it attempted that and thrice it failed to win the laurel. Now you can watch all three attempts, not one after another but all together, in all their exploding glory, thanks to this side by side by side compilation, thanks to APTX 4869.

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David Bowie constellation now lights your night sky

David Bowie constellation now lights your night sky

The Bowie constellation "Stardust" has been registered with the MIRA Public Observatory, part of the IAU, the organization in charge of "official" record keeping for the names of stars. MIRA Public Observatory is part of the Public Astronomical Observatories group under the IAU (International Astronomical Union), the lot of which appear to have worked with Studio Brussel (a Belgian music station) to bring Stardust into being. First, they needed to choose the stars that'd make up the bolt.

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SpaceX fails third sea landing, historic Falcon 9 test fired [Update: video added]

SpaceX fails third sea landing, historic Falcon 9 test fired [Update: video added]

So near yet so far. Not all third times are charms as SpaceX launched NASA's Jason-3 satellite into space. While the launch itself was successful, unlike SpaceX's explosive last NASA mission, it didn't completely end on a happy note as far as the aim to land at sea is concerned, due to a mishap in one of the first stage rocket's legs. Interestingly, CEO Elon Musk doesn't seem at all dismayed, even almost chirpy. Probably because this time, the rocket didn't explode into smithereens.

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Virgin Galactic, Y-3 team up for hip-looking space travel apparel

Virgin Galactic, Y-3 team up for hip-looking space travel apparel

The last few years have been kind to the space science and industry, putting it back on the map as one of the "cool" things in life. Being an astronaut (or even just a mohawk-wearing NASA engineer) is once again a cool and even reachable profession. But you know what would make astronauts cooler? Why, fancy new clothing, of course! That is why Virgin Galactic and Y-3 have announced a partnership that would give birth to a new line of "space apparel" for pilots, ground crew, and even passengers. Space isn't just the last frontier for humanity. Apparently, it is also for fashion designers as well.

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SpaceX’s historic Falcon 9 rocket ready to fire again

SpaceX’s historic Falcon 9 rocket ready to fire again

Elon Musk definitely knows how to end the year with anticipation for the next one. Right on New Year's Day, the illustrious CEO of SpaceX and Tesla posted on social media that the Falcon 9 rocket that made history by landing safe and sound on the ground after an orbital launch shows no sign of damage and is ready to fire again. That is, if it does fire again, since Musk also earlier hinted that the rocket might, instead, spend the remainder of its life in a museum.

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