Space launches

The crowd cheers at Playalinda Beach in the Canaveral National Seashore, just north of the Kennedy Space Center, during the successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. Playalinda is one of closest public viewing spots to see the launch, about 3 miles from the SpaceX launchpad 39A. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
February 07, 2018 - 3:46 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX's big new rocket blasted off Tuesday on its first test flight, carrying a red electric sports car aiming for an endless road trip past Mars. The Falcon Heavy rose from the same launch pad used by NASA nearly 50 years ago to send men to the moon. With liftoff, the...
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A Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. The Falcon Heavy, has three first-stage boosters, strapped together with 27 engines in all. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
February 06, 2018 - 11:46 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on SpaceX rocket launch (all times local): 8 p.m. SpaceX chief Elon Musk says the center booster of the Falcon Heavy slammed into the Atlantic at 300 mph, missing the floating landing platform. Musk says it hit the water with such force that shrapnel flew onto...
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A mannequin “Starman” sits at the wheel of a Tesla Roadster in this photo posted on the Instagram account of Elon Musk, head of auto company Tesla and founder of the private space company SpaceX. The car will be on board when SpaceX launches its new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla., scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (Courtesy of Elon Musk/Instagram via AP)
February 05, 2018 - 1:26 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX "Starman" is aboard the company's new rocket that's set to make its launch debut from Florida SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk revealed pictures of the surprise dummy passenger Monday. Test flights usually carry steel or concrete for cargo, or mundane...
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This Dec. 28, 2017 photo made available by SpaceX shows a Falcon Heavy rocket in Cape Canaveral, Fla. With more than 5 million pounds of liftoff thrust the Heavy will be capable of lifting super-size satellites into orbit and sending spacecraft to the moon, Mars and beyond. (SpaceX via AP)
February 04, 2018 - 11:59 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX's hot new monster rocket makes its launch debut this week, blasting off from the same pad that hoisted men to the moon a half-century ago. The Falcon Heavy won't surpass NASA's Saturn V moon rocket, still all-time king of the launch circuit. It won't even approach...
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January 31, 2018 - 7:28 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX had a royal audience as it launched a satellite for Luxembourg. The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off late Wednesday afternoon from Cape Canaveral, Florida, hoisting GovSat-1 for the government of Luxembourg and SES, the European country's prime satellite operator. The...
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Dan Hicks, CEO of Spaceport America, traveled to the New Mexico state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, to seek greater confidentiality for tenants of his tax-payer funded spacecraft launch facility in southern New Mexico. Hicks says greater secrecy provisions are needed to compete for new aerospace-industry tenants against competition from a growing list of government-subsidized launch facilities, from Virginia to Alaska. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
January 29, 2018 - 8:21 pm
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Operators of a taxpayer-funded spacecraft launch facility in New Mexico are seeking greater confidentiality for tenants that include aspiring commercial spaceflight company Virgin Galactic, urging lawmakers to enact exemptions to state open-records laws. Managers of the...
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In this Nov. 2017 photo provided by Rocket Lab, Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck is pictured with his "Humanity Star" in Auckland, New Zealand. Beck, the founder of the company that this week launched the first rocket into orbit from New Zealand said on Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018, that he had deployed a secret satellite he believes will be the brightest object in the night sky and which he hopes will remind people of their precarious place in a vast universe. (Rocket Lab via AP)
January 24, 2018 - 7:57 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Look into the night sky at the right time and you might see what seems like a disco ball shimmering and glinting back. The founder of the company that launched the first rocket into orbit from New Zealand this week said on Wednesday he deployed a secret satellite he...
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In this photo provided by Rocket Lab, Electron rocket carrying only a small payload of about 150 kilograms (331 pounds), lifts off from the Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand's North Island's east coast. The rocket launched from New Zealand on Sunday successfully reached orbit carrying small commercial satellites. (Rocket Lab via AP)
January 21, 2018 - 9:11 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A rocket launched from New Zealand on Sunday successfully reached orbit carrying small commercial satellites. California-based company Rocket Lab said its Electron rocket, which carries only a small payload of about 150 kilograms (331 pounds), successfully deployed an...
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January 12, 2018 - 1:53 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India launched a rocket carrying dozens of satellites from India and six other countries Friday from its island space center. A. S. Kiran Kumar, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, said the satellites successfully reached orbit after the polar satellite launch...
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This Sunday, Jan. 7, 2019 photo made available by SpaceX shows the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral, Fla., for the "Zuma" U.S. satellite mission. Responding to media reports that the satellite was lost, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell says the rocket "did everything correctly" and suggestions otherwise are "categorically false." (SpaceX via AP)
January 09, 2018 - 6:39 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX defended its rocket performance during the weekend launch of a secret U.S. satellite, responding Tuesday to media reports that the satellite codenamed Zuma was lost. Company President Gwynne Shotwell said the Falcon 9 rocket "did everything correctly" Sunday night...
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