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OTD…Jan. 31 and Apollo 14

January 31, 2016

Today in 1971…The launch of Apollo 14 to Fra Mauro with Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa and Edgar Mitchell.

European communications relay satellite launched by Proton rocket

January 30, 2016

A commercial satellite designed to broadcast hundreds of television channels across Europe and better link European surveillance satellites and the International Space Station to scientists on the ground took off Friday from Kazakhstan aboard a Proton rocket.

Water ice abounds in Pluto’s frigid bedrock

January 29, 2016

New maps produced from data gathered during the New Horizons spacecraft’s flyby of Pluto last year show surprisingly widespread water ice shaping mountains capped by methane snow and forming an underlying bedrock blanketing the distant world.

Live coverage: Proton fires into space with Eutelsat 9B

January 29, 2016

A television broadcasting satellite for Eutelsat launched Friday atop a Russian Proton rocket to begin a 15-year mission beaming TV programming into homes across Europe. The Proton rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2220 GMT (5:20 p.m. EST) Friday.

Photos: Ariane 5 climbs away from jungle launch pad

January 28, 2016

A European Ariane 5 rocket took off on its first flight of the year Wednesday with a new-generation communications satellite for Intelsat, lighting up the sky over its French Guiana launch base as it arced over the Atlantic Ocean.

Families, NASA honor fallen astronauts

January 28, 2016

On the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, crew families, friends and space workers gathered Thursday to remember the 17 men and women who lost their lives on the high frontier, 14 in two space shuttle disasters and three in an Apollo-era launch pad fire 49 years ago Wednesday.

First Intelsat Epic satellite deployed by Ariane 5 rocket

January 28, 2016

A powerhouse communications satellite with up to five times the capacity of most existing telecom craft reached orbit Wednesday after a nighttime blastoff from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 rocket, marking an auspicious start to the deployment of Intelsat’s $2 billion next-generation satellite network.

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