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Virgin announces billion-dollar Saudi investment in space companies
Posted: Sun, Oct 29 11:43 AM ET (1543 GMT)
Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund has agreed to invest $1 billion into the Virgin Group's space companies. The agreement, announced Thursday and at...

Astronomers discover asteroid from another solar system
Posted: Sun, Oct 29 11:42 AM ET (1542 GMT)
Astronomers this week said they have discovered an object on a hyperbolic trajectory passing through the solar system, likely from another solar system. A telescope...

SpaceX prepares to shift launches back to SLC-40
Posted: Sun, Oct 29 11:41 AM ET (1541 GMT)
SpaceX appears ready to move Falcon 9 launches back to a pad damaged in an explosion last year. A NASA media advisory Thursday about a...

Senator states opposition to Bridenstine NASA nomination
Posted: Sun, Oct 29 11:39 AM ET (1539 GMT)
A Democratic senator has come out in opposition to the nomination of Jim Bridenstine to be NASA administrator. In a letter Thursday, Sen. Patty Murray (...

Astronauts complete series of ISS maintenance spacewalks
Posted: Sun, Oct 22 11:28 AM ET (1528 GMT)
Two NASA astronauts performed the third and final in a series of spacewalks Friday to make repairs and upgrades to the International Space Station. Astronauts...

Blue Origin performs first test of BE-4 engine
Posted: Sun, Oct 22 11:26 AM ET (1526 GMT)
Blue Origin said Thursday it has successfully performed the first test of its BE-4 engine. The company released few technical details about the hotfire...

Iridium to use previously-flown Falcon 9 stages on upcoming launches
Posted: Sun, Oct 22 11:24 AM ET (1524 GMT)
Iridium will launch its next two sets of next-generation satellites on Falcon 9 rockets with previously flown first stages. Iridium had planned to use...

Spacecom selects SpaceX for satellite launches
Posted: Sun, Oct 22 11:23 AM ET (1523 GMT)
Spacecom will launch its next satellite on a Falcon 9, with an option for a second mission, despite losing a satellite in a pad explosion...

Second set of COSMIC-2 satellites cancelled
Posted: Sun, Oct 22 11:22 AM ET (1522 GMT)
NOAA and Taiwan's science ministry have cancelled plans to develop a second set of next-generation GPS radio occultation weather satellites. NOAA and the...

Cassini mission ends with a plunge into Saturn's atmosphere
Posted: Sat, Sep 16 9:06 AM ET (1306 GMT)
NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn ended Friday as the spacecraft plunged into the atmosphere of Saturn. Spacecraft controllers received the last signals from the...



news in brief
Antares launches Cygnus cargo spacecraft to station
Posted: Sun, Nov 18 8:19 AM ET (1319 GMT)

Soyuz launches Progress cargo spacecraft to ISS
Posted: Sun, Nov 18 8:18 AM ET (1318 GMT)

SpaceX launches Es'hail-2
Posted: Sun, Nov 18 8:17 AM ET (1317 GMT)

news links
Tuesday, November 20
Op-ed | Space Force: premature or overdue?
Space News — 6:16 am ET (1116 GMT)
Independent Estimate Puts Space Force Tab at Up to $21.5 Billion
Air Force Magazine — 6:15 am ET (1115 GMT)
Space Force could cost fraction of Air Force estimates
Air Force Times — 6:15 am ET (1115 GMT)


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