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Previous flights of the Delta 4-Heavy

As a United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket prepares to carry NASA's Orion spaceship on its first orbital flight test, we look back at the seven previous Heavy launches.

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  • Launch will occur from Cape Canaveral's Complex 37 launch pad. Credit: ULA
    The first flight test of Orion will be a two-orbit, four-hour shakedown cruise to check critical systems of the crew capsule.
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    Five hours and 48 minutes after a sky-lighting launch from Kazakhstan, a Russian Soyuz ferry craft carrying a crew of three representing Russia, the United States and Italy, glided to a smooth docking at the International Space Station late Sunday, boosting the lab's crew back to six and setting the stage for a busy winter of research and spacewalk assembly work.
  • The Soyuz TMA-15M crew at the Baikonur Cosmodrome (left to right): NASA astronaut Terry Virts, Soyuz commander Anton Shkaplerov and ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. Credit: NASA
    Soyuz TMA-15M commander Anton Shkaplerov, flanked on the left by flight engineer Samantha Cristoforetti and on the right by NASA astronaut Terry Virts, are scheduled for liftoff from complex 31 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sunday.
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    A mysterious new Chinese rocket lifted off and put a small satellite several hundred miles above Earth, marking China's second space launch in less than 24 hours.
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    A novel NOAA climate observatory with a unique past arrived at Cape Canaveral to begin two months of launch preparations, testing, and fueling before liftoff aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
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    Riding a specialized railroad car before dawn Friday, a Soyuz rocket rolled out of a cavernous assembly building and arrived at its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for liftoff Sunday with American, Russian and Italian crew members heading for the International Space Station.
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    NASA has selected an Orbital Sciences Corp. air-launched Pegasus XL rocket to place a small research satellite in orbit in 2017 to study the connection between Earth's weather and space weather.
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    Inside the final assembly building at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft is mated to the core of the Soyuz booster rocket for Sunday's Expedition 42 launch to the International Space Station.
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    A Long March 2D rocket blasted off from a remote space base in northwest China on Thursday and climbed into orbit with a clandestine satellite to collect intelligence for the Chinese government.
  • Artist's concept of the Lunar Mission One spacecraft landing on the moon. Credit: Lunar Missions Ltd.
    Scientists hope private backers will kick-start a mission to land a robotic probe on the South Pole of the moon within the next 10 years, drill deep into lunar bedrock and analyze primordial core samples to study the origins of the solar system.