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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China’s Dark Matter Particle Explorer blasts off for Break-Through Studies in High-Energy Physics

China’s ‘Monkey King’ Dark Matter Particle Explorer blasted off atop a Long March 2D rocket on Thursday, embarking on a mission to join the ongoing efforts of understanding dark matter signatures, filling in the gaps in high-energy astrophysics.

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NuSTAR X-Ray Observatory begins two-year Extended Mission

NASA’s NuSTAR spacecraft, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, has successfully completed its two-year primary science mission following its launch on June 13, 2012 and is now transitioning to an extended mission to continue its studies of X-Ray sources in the sky, also starting its Guest Observer program to give scientists around the world observation time on the spacecraft.

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