Successful Homecoming for SpaceX Dragon after month-long ISS Mission

The SpaceX Dragon SpX-9 spacecraft departed the International Space Station on Friday and parachuted to a safe splashdown in the Pacific Ocean after dropping over two metric tons of cargo off at ISS and picking up over one ton of return items, eagerly awaited by scientists and engineers.

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Photos: Nighttime Ariane 5 Liftoff with Intelsat Satellite Pair

Europe’s Ariane 5 thunders off from the Guiana Space Center in a post-sunset liftoff on Wednesday, successfully lifting a pair of satellites into orbit for telecommunications provider Intelsat, marking the first time two Intelsat birds were lifted by the same booster.

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Intelsat Pair lifted into Orbit in Record-Setting Ariane 5 Launch

Lighting up the night at the edge of the Amazon, Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket boosted a heavy pair of Intelsat communications satellites into orbit on Wednesday and in the process pushed its record for the heaviest payload delivered to Geostationary Transfer Orbit.

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Ariane 5 rolls out for first Dual-Payload Launch for Telecom Giant Intelsat

Europe’s workhorse rocket, the trusted Ariane 5, rolled to its launch pad at the Guiana Space Center on Tuesday in preparation for a rare dedicated launch on Wednesday, lifting two satellites operated by the same company into orbit.

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