Twice-Flown Dragon Cargo Spacecraft Splashes Down

SpaceX’s Dragon C108.2 spacecraft departed the International Space Station after a month-long stay on Saturday via the first-ever ground-controlled release of a visiting vehicle, sending the spacecraft on a five-and-a-half hour return journey expected to culminate with a parachute-assisted splashdown landing

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2017 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2017 saw a total of 90 known orbital launch attempts from seven nations and space ports in eight different countries. 2017 had the second most orbital launch attempts of any year in the current century, short of 92 launches in 2014 and showing a slight increase from 2016 that had 85 known launch attempts.

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Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft Ends Successful Mission after Extended Free Flight Demonstration

The S.S. Gene Cernan, Orbital ATK’s eighth operational Cygnus spacecraft, closed out a 36-day mission on Monday via destructive re-entry after completing a 22-day stay at the International Space Station and deploying a series of small CubeSats after finishing its ISS resupply mission.

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Previously-Flown Dragon Cargo Craft Captured by Space Station Crew for Second Supply Delivery

A science-laden SpaceX Dragon spacecraft pulled up ten meters underneath the Space Station on Sunday in a high-fidelity orbital link up to be captured by the Space Station’s robotic arm to begin a four-week stay for the delivery of over two metric tons of science hardware, supplies and two new sensors to be installed externally.

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Soyuz Rocket Braves Freezing Temperatures, Sends Next Space Station Crew to Orbit

Three crewmen from Russia, the U.S. and Japan blasted off in freezing temperatures on Sunday to set sail on a two-day rendezvous with the International Space Station to kick off a half-year mission living and working in space to conduct world-class science and outfit the orbital outpost for operations heading into the next decade.

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Multinational Crew Trio on the Eve of Launch on Six-Month Space Station Mission

A third-time Soyuz commander, a physician-turned-astronaut, and a former naval test pilot are on the eve of liftoff atop a Russian Soyuz rocket taking them into orbit on Sunday for a five-and-a-half-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

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“Sooty” Falcon 9 Lifts Flight-Proven Dragon into Orbit, 1st Stage Aces 2nd Land-Based Return

Sporting a sooty attire from a previous voyage, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully lifted the fourth Dragon mission of 2017 to the International Space Station into orbit on Friday to deliver science gear, systems hardware, crew supplies and two external payloads

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Soyuz MS-05 with Three-Nation Crew Targets Thursday Landing in Freezing Kazakh Steppe

Three International Space Station crew members from Russia, Italy and the U.S. are on the verge of closing out a four-and-a-half month space flight, set for a parachute-and-rocket assisted touchdown in the Kazakh steppe on Thursday aboard their Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft.

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