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Russian Earth observing satellite ready for launch

December 25, 2014

A Soyuz rocket is scheduled for launch Friday with Russia’s Resurs P2 satellite, a civilian-operated spacecraft with a sharp-eyed camera to collect high-resolution imagery for Russian government authorities and international agencies.

Photos and video: Angara 5’s thunderous liftoff

December 23, 2014

Russia’s new Angara 5 rocket, the biggest Russian launcher since the end of the Cold War, made a pre-dawn blastoff from the wintry Plesetsk Cosmodrome on Tuesday on a successful first flight. See video and photos of the fiery liftoff from the snowy launch pad.

Scientific riches await Philae comet lander, if it wakes up

December 23, 2014

Optimistic Europe’s hibernating Philae comet lander can be revived, mission controllers plan to try and contact the spacecraft as soon as January as the search narrows for the probe’s final resting place — a site within arm’s reach of pristine ice and organic matter ripe for analysis if the mission gets a new lease on life.

Video: Orion launch replays

December 23, 2014

Multiple different camera angles of the Delta 4-Heavy rocket blasting off with NASA’s Orion capsule for Exploration Flight Test No. 1 on Dec. 5

Ratchet wrench ’emailed’ to space station

December 22, 2014

A future where mission control can digitally dispatch tools, spare parts and other vital materials to far-flung space crews took one giant leap toward reality when a 3D printer aboard the International Space Station produced a ratchet wrench on demand.

Russia set for debut launch of Angara 5 rocket

December 22, 2014

Russia’s powerful new Angara 5 rocket — made of a cluster of five kerosene-fueled main engines — is being prepared for a maiden test flight as soon as Tuesday that could usher in a new era in the Russian space program, according to Russian news reports.

Woerner tapped as next ESA director general

December 21, 2014

Johann-Dietrich Woerner, head of the German Aerospace Center, will take over as director general of the European Space Agency on July 1. Woerner will take the helm from Jean-Jacques Dordain, who has held the top post at ESA since 2003.

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