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SpaceX scrubs SES-8 Falcon 9 launch – Will try again on Thanksgiving

SpaceX scrubs SES-8 Falcon 9 launch – Will try again on Thanksgiving

SpaceX has scrubbed its planned SES-8 telecommunications satellite launch today, rescheduling the Falcon 9 rocket blast-off to Thanksgiving, Thursday November 28th. The launch, described by SpaceX as its "most challenging mission to date", would have been the company's first launch to a geostationary transfer orbit, 80,000 km from Earth. The original plan was to launch sometime in the early morning today, from Cape Canaveral.

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NASA and Planetary Resources pen partnership for crowdsourced asteroid hunting

NASA and Planetary Resources pen partnership for crowdsourced asteroid hunting

This past summer, NASA announced the beginning of its Grand Asteroid Challenge with something it calls Grand Challenges, a push by the Obama Administration to further innovations and increase new discoveries. Today the agency has announced its first partnership under this challenge, with NASA penning an agreement with Planetary Resources in Washington state to crowdsource the detection of asteroids.

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Mars flyby mission aiming for 2017 launch, says Dennis Tito

Mars flyby mission aiming for 2017 launch, says Dennis Tito

Back in February, Dennis Tito revealed his ambitious plan to send a married couple on a flyby mission to Mars, something he has detailed today to members of Congress in a push to get the US government on board (figuratively speaking). Despite the science fiction-esque sound of it all, Tito says that the project can take place within the next couple of years rather than decades, and that he is aiming for December 2017.

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Comet ISON could brighten enough to be seen in daylight

Comet ISON could brighten enough to be seen in daylight

Depending on where you read about the comet ISON, it is likely to either be the brightest comet in recent history or fall apart at any moment. A new report has now surfaced that claims ISON could brighten so much in early December that it is visible in the daylight. That is of course assuming it doesn't fall apart any second.

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NASA’s “MAVEN” Mars orbiter launched without a hitch

NASA’s “MAVEN” Mars orbiter launched without a hitch

NASA's Mars orbiter MAVEN launched successfully today from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:28PM EST. Once it arrives in orbit around the Red Planet, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN orbiter will gather data about Mars' upper atmosphere to try and discover how exactly the planet got to be so dry and atmosphere-poor. Earlier probes suggest the planet used to be much more like Earth in terms of moisture and atmosphere thickness.

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NASA and SpaceX hope to transport astronauts to ISS in the next 4 years

NASA and SpaceX hope to transport astronauts to ISS in the next 4 years

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and SpaceX met in late October to conduct a safety review of the Dragon spacecraft and the Falcon 9 rocket. NASA announced that the meeting took place last Friday. The safety review was designed to look at the safety policies and procedures in place in preparation for using the SpaceX Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket to send astronauts into space.

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