December 5, 2020
Falcon 9

Live coverage: Falcon 9 rocket counting down to Cargo Dragon launch

December 3, 2020

SpaceX has rolled out a Falcon 9 rocket to pad 39A for the first launch of an upgraded version of the company’s Dragon cargo capsule for the International Space Station. A test-firing was accomplished Thursday ahead of a scheduled launch Saturday at 11:39 a.m. EST (1639 GMT), weather permitting.

  • Live coverage: Hayabusa 2 set to return asteroid samples to Earth

    December 5, 2020

    Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission returns to Earth Saturday after a six-year mission to collect samples from asteroid Ryugu. The mission’s sample return capsule is scheduled to land in the Australian outback around 12:47 p.m. EST (1747 GMT) Saturday.

  • Japanese asteroid sampling mission on course for return to Earth

    December 5, 2020

    Six years after departing Earth, Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft released a spinning capsule Saturday containing pristine asteroid material for a scorching re-entry and landing in the remote Australian outback, where teams are standing by to retrieve the specimens for analysis.

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