Soyuz blasts off in freezing Temperatures, delivers International Crew Trio safely to Orbit

Three crew members from Russia, France, and the U.S. departed Earth Thursday night to head off on a half-year mission living and working aboard the International Space Station to participate in world-class science and outfitting of the Station for continued operations into the next decade.

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Photos: Soyuz lights up the Night

Temperatures were well below zero Celsius when Soyuz rumbled to life and lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 20:20 UTC on November 17, 2016, carrying into orbit a crew from Russia, France and the U.S. on a half-year mission living and working aboard the International Space Station.

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Successful Yunhai-1 Launch inaugurates new Chinese Weather Satellite Constellation

China’s Long March 2D rocket blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center Friday night, lifting into orbit the Yunhai-1 weather satellite to mark the inauguration of a new constellation of meteorological satellites orbiting Earth in polar orbits.

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Atlas V returns to California, hauls WorldView-4 Imaging Satellite to Orbit

Soaring into the skies over California’s coast on Friday, ULA’s Atlas V rocket resumed launches from the U.S. West Coast with the commercial WorldView-4 satellite that sets out to deliver the highest resolution imagery of Earth available on the commercial market.

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Chinese Long March 11 launches first Pulsar Navigation Satellite into Orbit

China’s Long March 11 rocket performed its second launch on Thursday morning from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center to lift a group of small satellites into orbit in support of a demonstration of pulsar navigation and Earth Observation.

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China’s Long March 5 Heavy-Lift Rocket achieves full Success in Inaugural Mission

China’s Long March 5 Heavy-Lift Rocket made an impressive debut launch on Thursday, thundering into the evening skies over Hainan Island to embark on a long-awaited shakedown mission to demonstrate the country’s most powerful rocket, on-par with the heavy-weight launchers of the world.

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Ariane 5 launches Satellites for Australia & India, conducts In-Orbit Tests for successor Rocket

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket lifted a pair of communications satellites into orbit for Australia and India on Wednesday in another textbook mission that also accomplished a critical test for the launcher’s successor currently in development for a maiden launch in 2020.

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Blue Origin demonstrates dramatic New Shepard In-Flight Abort, Rocket Booster lands safely

It was a dramatic day at Blue Origin’s West Texas launch site where on Wednesday the company’s New Shepard sub-orbital launch vehicle conducted a fiery in-flight abort test to demonstrate a crew could safely escape from a failing booster.

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