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Orbital’s Antares rocket successfully completes its first test launch

Orbital’s Antares rocket successfully completes its first test launch

Orbital Science Corps. Antares rocket completed its first successful test launch today after seeing a series of complications over the last few days. Orbital attempted to test launch the rocket last Wednesday, however, a data cable located at the upper stage of the rocket detached prematurely. It was then rescheduled over and over due to the high winds present at the launch site. Luckily today, everything was cooperating with the test launch.

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Orbital’s Antares rocket launch rescheduled due to weather conditions

Orbital’s Antares rocket launch rescheduled due to weather conditions

The Antares rocket test launch by Orbital Sciences Corp. has been delayed yet again due to poor weather conditions. The launch has been rescheduled frequently since April 17th due to several complications, including strong winds at NASA's Wallops Island launch site and a minor equipment malfunction. This time, the launch has been rescheduled for tomorrow, April 21st, at 5:00PM. NASA will provide live coverage of the event beginning at 4:30PM through both its website as well as its TV channel.

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Astronaut recruitment for Mars colony project to begin in July

Astronaut recruitment for Mars colony project to begin in July

We've been hearing talks of the future formation of a colony on Mars, and it seems that space agencies and companies are quite adamant to get it going. In particular, a non-profit organization by the name of Mars One is planning to put four astronauts on Mars in 2023 to begin the process of forming a Mars colony, and they will begin the recruiting process in July.

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NASA’s Wallops Island to secure spotlight with Orbital’s Antares rocket test launch

NASA’s Wallops Island to secure spotlight with Orbital’s Antares rocket test launch

Orbital Sciences Corp. will be conducting its first test launch of its Antares rocket on April 18th, and if all goes well, the company will be well on its way on delivering on its $1.9 billion contract with NASA. The contract requires Orbital to complete 8 unmanned cargo missions to the International Space Station (ISS) using its Antares rocket and its Cygnus Capsule.

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Russia reveals plans for new $50 billion space program

Russia reveals plans for new $50 billion space program

Watch out NASA, Russia is making a big effort to catch up with you in the fight for space travel supremacy. Russian president Vladimir Putin has announced the country's plan for a new space program that will cost around $50 billion over the course of seven years. The announcement comes on the anniversary of when the country (formerly the Soviet Union) put the first man in space.

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NASA to place an asteroid into orbit around the Moon

NASA to place an asteroid into orbit around the Moon

NASA will likely be funded $105 million for a new mission proposed by the Obama administration. President Obama will likely request the $105 million when he releases his federal budget request for 2014 next week. In the mission, NASA will seek out a 500-ton near-Earth asteroid (NEA) about 25-foot long, capture it, and drag it into orbit around the Moon. NASA will then send astronauts, via NASA's upcoming Orion capsule and Space Launch System rocket, to the asteroid in 2021 to study it and grab samples.

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