Photos: All Orbital Launches of 2015

The year 2015 saw 87 orbital launch attempts from spaceports across the globe – 84 missions reached orbit in a year that saw 82 successful orbital launches. Here are photos of all of 2015’s space launches.

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2015 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2015 saw a total of 87 known orbital launch attempts operated by seven nations from space ports in eight countries.

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China closes 2015 Space Launch Year – Long March 3B lofts Gaofen-4 Earth Observation Satellite

A Chinese Long March 3B Rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Monday, lifting the Gaofen-4 satellite to have a watchful eye on Planet Earth, becoming China’s first remote sensing satellite operated from Geosynchronous Orbit.

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Proton-M blasts off on Year-Ending Mission with Ekspress Communications Satellite

A Proton-M rocket climbed into the night skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Thursday, starting a long overnight mission to deliver the Ekspress AMU-1 communications satellite to orbit and close out a busy year of launches from Russian Cosmodromes.

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Light Show in Las Vegas Skies – Soyuz Rocket Stage burns up over United States

Just days after the blazing re-entry of the rocket from the launch of a three-man crew to the International Space Station dazzled observers in Newfoundland and Labrador, another Soyuz rocket stage was spotted re-entering over North America.

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Inaugural Progress MS arrives at ISS after smooth Docking for busy Cargo-Delivery Mission

The Progress MS spacecraft made a flawless rendezvous and docking with the International Space Station on Wednesday, arriving at the orbiting laboratory for a stay of eight months, facilitating the transfer of over 2,400 Kilograms of cargo delivered by the spacecraft.

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Photos: ISS Spacewalkers venture outside on short notice to free up stuck Robotic Transporter

Spacewalk veterans Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra completed an excursion of three hours and 16 minutes on Monday, making quick work in rectifying an undesired situation involving the Space Station’s Mobile Transporter that had gotten stuck in between Work Sites.

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