SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts Dragon to Orbit, flies First Stage back to Florida for Powered Landing

It was a spectacle with two acts at Florida’s Space Coast Sunday night when SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lit up the night skies twice, first when thundering into orbit with the Dragon SpX-9 cargo ship and again when the rocket’s first stage fell back toward a powered landing on a flat pad south of the launch site.

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Re-Entry: Soyuz FG Rocket Stage from ISS Crew Launch

The third stage of the Soyuz Rocket that helped boost the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft into orbit re-entered the atmosphere this weekend, three days after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and dispatching Anatoli Ivanishin, Takuya Onishi and Kate Rubins into orbit for a four-month stay aboard the International Space Station.

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MUOS 5 Military Communications Satellite hit by Onboard Anomaly, Orbit-Raising halted

The U.S. Navy’s newest communications satellite, launched from Cape Canaveral two weeks ago, was forced to stop its ascent into a Geosynchronous Orbit due to an on-board anomaly, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command confirmed in a statement Friday.

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