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Third time a charm: SpaceX launches commercial satellite

After two delays, private US company SpaceX on Tuesday successfully launched its first commercial satellite, after repairs were made to the Falcon 9 rocket. It roared into space at 2241 GMT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, SpaceX said in a statement. Its $100 million satellite was placed in orbit 14 minutes later, a SpaceX spokesman confirmed. The rocket's cargo was a telecommunications satellite for the Luxembourg company SES, which until now has used European Ariane rockets or the Russian Proton for its satellite launches.

U.S. SpaceX launches first commercial satellite

U.S. SpaceX launches first commercial satellite WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- A SpaceX rocket carrying the U.S. space company's first commercial satellite blasted off from Florida on Tuesday in a mission that will usher in a newcomer in the global launch services industry. The Falcon 9 rocket launched the commercial SES-8 telecommunications satellite for satellite services provider SES from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 05:41 p.m. EST ( 2241 GMT), the California-based company's live webcast showed.

After two delays, SpaceX counts down to satellite launch

Private US company SpaceX was Tuesday poised for a third attempt to launch its first commercial satellite, after repairs were made to the Falcon 9 rocket. The launch window opens at 5:41 pm (2241 GMT) and goes until 7:07 pm (0007 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, SpaceX said in a statement. The rocket's cargo is a telecommunications satellite for the Luxembourg company SES, which until now has used European Ariane rockets or the Russian Proton for its satellite launches.

China launches first moon rover mission

China launched its first moon rover mission early Monday, the latest step in an ambitious space programme seen as a symbol of its rising global stature. The Chang'e-3 mission is named for the goddess of the moon in Chinese mythology and the rover vehicle is called Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, after her pet. The Long March-3B carrier rocket -- China's largest such vehicle -- blasted off around 1:30 am (Sunday 1730 GMT), live coverage on state broadcaster CCTV showed.

Russian spaceship software failure saves fuel, time

MOSCOW, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- The failure of software responsible for the automatic docking of Russian cargo spacecraft Progress M-21M has resulted in the unexpected upside of saving time and fuel, the Energy Rocket-Space Corporation said Monday. "After an alarm signal came out (during the docking), we switched to the manual mode of approaching and found out that we've saved about 200 kg of fuel," Energy's president Vitaly Lopota was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.

China launches first moon rover mission

China launched its first moon rover mission early Monday, the latest step in an ambitious space programme seen as a symbol of its rising global stature. The Chang'e-3 mission is named for the goddess of the moon in Chinese mythology and the rover vehicle is called Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, after her pet. The Long March-3B carrier rocket -- China's largest such vehicle -- blasted off around 1:30 am (Sunday 1730 GMT), live coverage on state broadcaster CCTV showed.

China launches first moon rover mission

China launched its first moon rover mission early Monday, state TV showed, the latest step in an ambitious space programme seen as a symbol of its rising global stature. The Chang'e-3 rocket carrying the Jade Rabbit rover blasted off around 1:30 am (Sunday 1730 GMT), the CCTV official broadcaster showed in live footage from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the country's southwest. As it shot into the dark sky, mission observers could be heard reporting at regular intervals that things were proceeding "normally".

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1st LD: China to launch Chang'e-3 lunar probe early Monday

XICHANG, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- China will launch the Chang'e-3 lunar probe at 1:30 a.m. Monday in Xichang Satellite Launch Center, the mission's launching headquarters said here Saturday. This will be the first time for China to send a spacecraft to soft land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body and conduct surveys on the moon. Facilities at the launching site are in good conditions and preparations for the launch are going well, according to the headquarters.

Comet ISON probably did not survive Sun skirmish

Comet ISON seems to have perished in a much too-close encounter with the Sun, leaving only a dust trail that will disappear over time, astronomers said on Friday. The evidence, however, is not yet confirmed, and some stargazers are holding on to hopes that a small streak satellite images have shown emerging from the flyby may point to an against-the-odds survival.
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