December 1, 2020

China lands sample return probe on moon

December 1, 2020

A Chinese spacecraft successfully touched down on the moon Tuesday, beginning what engineers have described as the most challenging phase of the mission to drill, scoop, and seal rocks for launch back into orbit later this week and return to Earth in mid-December.

Live coverage: Soyuz launch scrubbed again

November 30, 2020

A Soyuz rocket carrying a military spy satellite for the United Arab Emirates is set for liftoff from French Guiana at 8:33 p.m. EST Tuesday (0133 GMT Wednesday). A launch attempt Sunday night was scrubbed due to the risk of lightning, and a countdown Monday was called off due to a telemetry issue associated with the range safety system at the Guiana Space Center.

China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft enters lunar orbit

November 28, 2020

Five days after taking off on a heavy-lift Long March 5 rocket, China’s Chang’e 5 sample return spacecraft entered orbit around the moon Saturday, moving into position for a descent to the lunar surface in a bid to gather specimens and bring them back to Earth.

SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites on 100th Falcon 9 flight

November 25, 2020

The 100th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket delivered 60 satellites to orbit for SpaceX’s Starlink network Tuesday night, adding another building block to a planned fleet of thousands of solar-powered space-based relay stations to beam broadband connectivity around the world.

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