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Russian rocket failures raise fears for future manned launches

Space
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 5/25/15, 10:27 am

The successive launch failures of Russia’s two primary workhorse rocket boosters may be indicators of systemic quality and management problems in the Russian space industry. The failures are threatening its dominance in the multibillion dollar global launch market and undermining confidence in the Russian space program, long a source of national pride.

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Associated Press/Photo by Aubrey Gemignani/NASA

Today's forecast: Magnetic, with a chance of electrical disruption

Space
by Rob Holmes
Posted 3/19/15, 03:25 pm

A billion-dollar research mission began last week as NASA launched four data-gathering spacecraft to help scientists understand how “space weather” causes disturbances in magnetic fields around the Earth, influencing communications on our planet.

After a “picture-perfect” launch, NASA reported yesterday the octagonal, 3,000-pound Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) observatories are orbiting in pyramid formation as planned, 6 to 250 miles apart. 

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Associated Press/Photo by Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center via NASA

Year-long space flight is a precursor to Mars missions

Space
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 1/19/15, 11:00 am

In just over two months, an American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut will rocket to the International Space Station on a year-long mission to help scientists learn more about the long-term effects of space travel on the human body.

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