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    • SpaceX astronauts poised for Sunday return

      SpaceX astronauts poised for Sunday return

      The two NASA astronauts who rode to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon are heading home on Sunday, capping a two-month voyage in space that marked NASA’s first crewed mission from home soil in nine years, news wires reported. Crew Dragon “Endeavor” decoupled from the orbital station carrying Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley ahead of a Sunday afternoon splashdown off the coast of Pensacola, Florida.

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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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    • NASA readies first manned mission from US soil in decade

      NASA readies first manned mission from US soil in decade

      In little more than a month NASA will launch its first manned mission from US soil in almost a decade, news wires reported. On 27 May a rocket and a spacecraft developed by private company SpaceX are set to take off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Centre, taking two astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

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    • NASA partners with SpaceX, others on space tech

      NASA partners with SpaceX, others on space tech

      NASA has reportedly selected 13 companies to partner with on 19 new specific technology projects it’s undertaking to help reach the Moon and Mars. These include SpaceX, Blue Origin and Lockheed Martin, among others, with projects ranging from improving spacecraft operation in high temperatures to landing rockets vertically on the Moon.

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    • SpaceX launches first GPS3 satellite

      SpaceX launches first GPS3 satellite

      A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket roared to life and streaked away from Cape Canaveral early Sunday carrying the first in a powerful new generation of GPS navigation satellites into orbit. It was the company's 21st launch this year and its first Pentagon-sanctioned national security mission, marking a significant achievement for Elon Musk's privately-held company, which has been trying to break into the military space launch market for years.

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