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Indian launches navigation satellite
Posted: Mon, Mar 30 7:24 AM ET (1124 GMT)
PSLV launch of IRNSS-1D (ISRO) A PSLV rocket successfully launched the latest in a series of Indian navigation satellites on Saturday. The PSLV rocket lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 7:49 am EDT (1149 GMT, 5:19 pm local time) Saturday and placed the IRNSS-1D satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit. The spacecraft is the fourth in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System series of satellites, designed to provide navigation services for India and the surrounding region. The launch was postponed from early March to correct a problem with a transmitted on the spacecraft.

Soyuz launches Galileo navigation satellites
Posted: Sat, Mar 28 6:55 AM ET (1055 GMT)
Soyuz launch of Galileo satellites illus. (ESA) A Soyuz rocket successfully launched a pair of Galileo navigation satellites, the first launch of such spacecraft since two were placed in the wrong orbit last year. The Soyuz lifted off from French Guiana at 5:46 pm EDT (2146 GMT) Friday carrying the seventh and eighth operational Galileo satellites. The satellites separated from the Fregat upper stage nearly four hours after launch at their planned medium Earth orbit. The launch was the first for the Galileo program after a malfunction of the Fregat in an August 2014 launch placed two Galileo satellites into improper orbits. Those satellites have since been able to maneuver to the correct orbits, and the problem with the Fregat has been corrected. European officials hope to have an initial operating capability of 16 satellites in place by the end of 2016, with a full constellation of 30 satellites by 2020.

New crew arrives at ISS
Posted: Sat, Mar 28 6:45 AM ET (1045 GMT)
Two Russians and one American arrived at the International Space Station Friday night, six hours after their launch from Kazakhstan. A Soyuz rocket lifted off...

Japan launches reconnaissance satellite
Posted: Fri, Mar 27 2:10 PM ET (1810 GMT)
An H-2A rocket launched the latest in a series of reconnaissance satellites for the Japanese government on Thursday. The H-2A lifted off from...

Dnepr launches South Korean satellite
Posted: Fri, Mar 27 1:50 PM ET (1750 GMT)
A Dnepr rocket successfully launched a South Korean remote sensing satellite on Thursday. The Dnepr lifted off from the Yasny Launch Base in Russia at...

Tuesday, March 31
A steady stream of comet dust may have 'painted' Mercury black
Los Angeles Times — 4:26 am ET (0826 GMT)
Ants in space grapple well with zero-g
BBC — 4:22 am ET (0822 GMT)

Monday, March 30
Coming Soon: Interplanetary Broadband
Air & Space — 7:56 pm ET (2356 GMT)
Earthlike ‘Star Wars’ Tatooines may be common
Univ. of Utah — 7:54 pm ET (2354 GMT)
Saturn Spacecraft Returns to the Realm of Icy Moons
NASA/JPL — 7:52 pm ET (2352 GMT)
Comet dust: Planet Mercury’s ‘invisible paint’
Brown Univ. — 7:42 pm ET (2342 GMT)
As Stars Form, Magnetic Fields Influence Regions Big and Small
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics — 7:42 pm ET (2342 GMT)
Will Space Play in the 2016 US Election?
Universe Today — 7:39 pm ET (2339 GMT)
Why is Mercury so dark?
Science — 7:36 pm ET (2336 GMT)
Long March 3C in secretive launch with new Upper Stage — 7:35 pm ET (2335 GMT)
Warm or cold? Mars’ history takes a watery new twist
Astrobiology Magazine — 7:28 pm ET (2328 GMT)
Mysterious mini spaceplane the next Atlas 5 payload
Spaceflight Now — 7:26 pm ET (2326 GMT)
Op-ed | Why the U.S. Gave Up on the Moon
Space News — 7:25 pm ET (2325 GMT)

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