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Readers share their views of Tuesday’s Atlas 5 launch

January 21, 2015

A powerful Atlas 5 rocket fitted with a kerosene-burning main engine and five solid-fueled boosters lit up Florida’s Space Coast with Tuesday night’s blastoff carrying a U.S. Navy communications satellite into orbit. We present a sample of launch photos submitted by Spaceflight Now’s readers.

Chinese pathfinder probe arrives in lunar orbit

January 21, 2015

A Chinese spacecraft launched in October has settled into a circular orbit around the moon for rendezvous simulations and reconnaissance to prepare for a planned lunar sample return mission, according to state media reports.

Next Falcon 9 launch rescheduled for Feb. 8

January 21, 2015

The next liftoff of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has been reset for no earlier than Feb. 8, NOAA and NASA officials said Tuesday, apparently to give the launch provider more time to prepare for the mission.

Video: Atlas 5 rocket blasts off

January 21, 2015

A Range problem gets resolved and the countdown resumes for liftoff of the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket with the Navy’s MUOS 3 mobile communications satellite.

Dawn’s camera resolves fuzzy features on Ceres

January 20, 2015

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is tantalizing scientists with new imagery of Ceres, a dwarf planet orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter, as the probe closes in on the icy world for 16 months of up-close observations.

NASA outlines why it passed over Sierra Nevada

January 20, 2015

NASA cited the complexity of Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser space plane and an uncertainty of when the proposed crew transport craft would be ready to fly astronauts to the International Space Station as the primary reasons the agency picked Boeing and SpaceX for lucrative contracts to develop commercial space taxis.

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