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SpaceX ready for Falcon 9 launch with next Starlink mission – NASASpaceflight.com

SpaceX will continue the deployment of its Starlink constellation with the launch of another sixty…

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SpaceX will continue the deployment of its Starlink constellation with the launch of another sixty satellites aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday. Liftoff from Florida’s Kennedy Space Centre is expected at 08:27 Eastern Time (12:27 UTC).
Sunday’s launch is the thirteenth Falcon 9 mission to deploy operational Starlink satellites, designated Starlink v1.0 L13. This continues the first phase of Starlink deployment, which is aimed at setting up an initial operating capability and allowing SpaceX to…

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SpaceX Starship go for nosecone installation forward after historic static fire – Teslarati

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that Starship and Raptor’s first triple-engine static fire was a success, opening the door for nosecone installation. Around…

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that Starship and Raptor’s first triple-engine static fire was a success, opening the door for nosecone installation.
Around 3:13 am CDT, October 20th, Starship serial number 8 (SN8) successfully fired up three Raptor engines less than two hours after completing the first successful three-engine preburner test. With zero direct human intervention, SpaceX remotely detanked the rocket’s cryogenic liquid methane and oxygen propellant – the remnants now too warm to…

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx grabs rocks from asteroid in historic mission – Al Jazeera English

Scientists want at least 60 grams of Bennu’s carbon-rich material – thought to contain the building blocks of life.

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A NASA spacecraft touched down on the rugged surface of the Bennu asteroid on Tuesday, grabbing a sample of rocks dating back to the birth of the solar system to bring home.
It was a first for the United States only Japan has previously secured asteroid samples.
The so-called Touch-And-Go manoeuvre was managed by Lockheed Martin Space in Denver, Colorado, where at 6.12pm (22:12 GMT) on Tuesday an announcer said: Touchdown declared. Sampling is in progress, and scientists erupted in celebration.

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NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft touches down on asteroid Bennu – CNET

The mission marks the space agency’s first landing on an asteroid.

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The spacecraft’s sampling arm, called the Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism, over the target sample site during a dress rehearsal in April. 
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Four years after launching from Earth, NASA’s Osiris-Rex on Tuesday made a historic and brief landing on potentially hazardous asteroid Bennu, over 200 million miles away.
The spacecraft traveled all that way to perform a short touch-and-go maneuver with the goal of collecting a sample from the asteroid’s surface and transporting it back to Earth…

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