Hayabusa 2 Asteroid Explorer inbound for High-Speed Earth Swing-by

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 Asteroid Explorer is inbound for a flyby of Earth on Thursday after the first year of its three-and-a-half-year journey to asteroid Ryugu where the spacecraft will complete an 18-month that will include the deployment of four small landers and an explosive penetrator as well as a series of ambitious brief touchdowns for sample collection.

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Chinese Surprise Launch – Long March 4C lifts Yaogan 29 Recon Satellite to Orbit

China conducted a surprise launch on Thursday, lifting the Yaogan-29 reconnaissance satellite into orbit. According to official Chinese media, the Long March 4C rocket carrying the satellite blasted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 5:24 a.m. local time on Friday, 21:24 UTC on Thursday.

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Tweets from Space, November 25, 2015

#GoodMorning to all my friends in #NewYork and #NewJersey! #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/K3byPaknEC — Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) November 25, 2015 アフリカの写真を撮っていると、ソユーズコマンダーのオレグさんが、話しかけてきてくれました。あの、三日月みたいになっている所は、隕石の衝突による古いクレーターだよ。確かに、2枚目の火山で出来たと思われる地形とは違いますよね。 pic.twitter.com/APnHpoCZhD

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Blue Origin’s New Shepard sticks the Landing after Return from Edge of Space

Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket conducted its second successful test flight on Monday and managed to stick the landing after ascending to an altitude of 100 Kilometers and making a controlled return to the ground in the company’s continued efforts of developing a re-usable sub-orbital launch vehicle for crewed and scientific applications.

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AMOS-5 suffers sudden onboard Failure, likely complete Loss

Satellite broadcast and communications provider Spacecom announced that the company lost contact with its AMOS-5 satellite stationed over the African continent in Geostationary Orbit. All signals from the satellite were suddenly lost last weekend and recovery efforts were without fruition, indicating that the satellite may be a total loss and the next to become a ‘Zombie,’ roaming through the Geostationary Belt of satellites with no control from the ground.

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Japan’s H-IIA reaches target Orbit in first Commercial GTO Launch, puts on a Show for American Observers

Japan’s H-IIA rocket delivered the Telstar 12V to a good Geostationary Transfer Orbit on Tuesday in the rocket’s first commercial launch and the first involving an upgraded second stage capable of conducting extended missions.

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