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    • SpaceX successfully launches US astronauts into space

      SpaceX successfully launches US astronauts into space

      Two veteran NASA astronauts were headed for the International Space Station on Saturday after Elon Musk's SpaceX became the first commercial company to launch a rocket carrying humans into orbit, ushering in a new era in commercial space travel and putting the United States back in the business of launching astronauts into orbit from US soil for the first time in nearly a decade.

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    • NASA, SpaceX historic launch delayed due to bad weather

      NASA, SpaceX historic launch delayed due to bad weather

      After a whole day of suspense, SpaceX's landmark launch to the International Space Station - the first crewed mission to blast off from US soil in almost a decade - was scrubbed Wednesday due to fears of a lightning strike. With NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley strapped into the Crew Dragon capsule, the launch pad platform retracted and rocket fueling underway, SpaceX made the call to abort.

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    • SpaceX readies first astronaut launch by private firm

      SpaceX readies first astronaut launch by private firm

      In mere hours SpaceX is scheduled to launch two NASA astronauts into orbit  - weather permitting - to kick off a new era of corporate-driven space missions. No company has ever flown commercially developed hardware carrying humans and linked up with the International Space Station (ISS). If Space Exploration Technologies Corp. reaches that goal, it will mark a major shift in the country’s space endeavors, being the first human launch from US soil since 2011.

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    • Tom Cruise to shoot his next film... in space

      Tom Cruise to shoot his next film... in space

      Tom Cruise will film his next Hollywood blockbuster on location - 250 miles up in the air and orbiting the Earth once every 90 minutes. Yes, you are reading it right - the "Top Gun" star is flying through the stratosphere to shoot an as-yet-unknown film aboard the International Space Station (ISS), NASA confirmed on Tuesday.

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    • NASA, SpaceX target historic spaceflight despite pandemic

      NASA, SpaceX target historic spaceflight despite pandemic

      NASA and SpaceX said Friday they were pressing ahead with plans to launch astronauts to space from US soil for the first time in nearly a decade later on this month, despite the coronavirus pandemic. Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, both veterans of the Space Shuttle program that was shuttered in 2011, will blast off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on 27 May. Should the mission succeed, the US will have achieved its goal of no longer having to buy seats on Russian Soyuz rockets to give its astronauts rides to the International Space Station (ISS).

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    • Mixed cement on ISS paves way for future space colonies

      Mixed cement on ISS paves way for future space colonies

      Concrete, in one form or another, has been a staple of human construction for some 5,000 years. Now, researchers have finally brought the ancient technology to outer space. For the first time, scientists have successfully mixed cement - a primary ingredient of concrete - in the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

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    • Global cleaning giant sheds 100,000 jobs

      Global cleaning giant sheds 100,000 jobs

      ISS of Denmark, the world's largest cleaning company, is planning to get rid of about 100,000 jobs as it plans on exiting 13 countries that were among its least profitable markets. The move represents about a fifth of the company’s global workforce, but will also allow ISS to focus on a smaller group of larger clients.

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