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SpaceX Dragon capsule leaves ISS, returning to Earth today

SpaceX Dragon capsule leaves ISS, returning to Earth today

Today is a pretty big day for the folks at SpaceX and NASA, as the Dragon capsule has detached from the International Space Station and will soon begin plummet toward the surface of Earth. Engineers on the ground remotely controlled the station's robotic arm as it removed the Dragon capsule from the ISS earlier today, pointing it in the right director for its return trip. To get back to Earth, Dragon will use a set a pre-programmed commands to perform a series a burns, with the final one happening in just about an hour (2:28 PM Eastern) to slow the capsule down and prepare it for re-entry.

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Orbcomm satellite falls out of orbit after problematic orbital insertion

Orbcomm satellite falls out of orbit after problematic orbital insertion

Earlier this month, SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket into space with the main mission of delivering its Dragon cargo capsule to the ISS for NASA. During the mission, the Falcon 9 rocket also carried an experimental communications satellite constructed by a US company called Orbcomm. The Falcon 9 was supposed to drop that satellite off in an orbit with an altitude of 466 miles above the surface of the earth.

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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 nears ISS for resupply docking today

SpaceX Dragon nears ISS for resupply docking today

SpaceX's Dragon capsule is less than 250 meters from the International Space Station, as the first private resupply mission prepares to dock in just a few hours time. A view from the capsule's camera, shared by NASA, shows the ISS, which will use a robotic arm to snatch Dragon from orbit and guide it in to dock at 7:22am EDT. The Expedition 33 team will use LIDAR and thermal imagers to track Dragon's approach.

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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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