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    China launched a new spacecraft into orbit Monday begin growing the country's Beidou navigation system into a global service alongside satellite constellations from the United States, Russia and Europe.
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    Astronaut Scott Kelly, settling in aboard the International Space Station for a marathon 342-day stay in orbit, said Monday he is looking forward to serving as a test subject for medical research on the long-duration effects of weightlessness, data he said would help pave the way for eventual flights to Mars.
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    With its new homeport in renovated NASA space shuttle hangars off in the distance, the Air Force's X-37 mini spaceplane will be launched from Cape Canaveral on May 6 for its fourth journey into orbit.
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    Two satellites for Europe's Galileo navigation network lifted off at sunset Friday aboard a Soyuz rocket from a tropical launch pad at the edge of South America's Amazon rainforest. Look back at the picturesque liftoff with a video replay and launch photos.
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    A three-man crew donned pressure suits, strapped into a Russian Soyuz space capsule and rode a rocket into orbit Friday, starting a record-setting expedition on the International Space Station that -- for two of the crew members -- will last for 342 days.
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    India's indigenous space-based navigation network received its fourth satellite after a successful liftoff Saturday aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.
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    A Soyuz rocket soared into orbit after firing off a launch pad in the Amazon jungle Friday, deploying two satellites nearly 15,000 miles above Earth to expand Europe's Galileo system helping locate automobiles, airliners, and millions of other users around the world.
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    A workhorse Soyuz booster thundered to life and climbed into a dark Kazakh sky Friday, carrying NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko on a four-orbit voyage to the International Space Station to kick off a marathon 342-day mission, the longest flight ever attempted by an American.
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    When the next Delta 4 rocket flies in July, as well as all future ones to come, the enhanced RS-68A main engine will power the boosters off the launch pad.
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    Confident in technical and procedural fixes implemented since a launch in August left two Galileo satellites in the wrong orbit, officials with Europe's navigation program say Friday's liftoff of two identical craft on a Soyuz rocket will try to fill the same slots in the fleet as targeted by last year's failed mission.