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Falcon 9 launches military weather satellite
Posted: Sun, Apr 14 11:21 AM ET (1521 GMT)
Falcon 9 launch of WSF-M satellite (SpaceX) A Falcon 9 launched a Space Force weather satellite Thursday morning. The rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California at 10:25 am EDT (1425 GMT) and deployed the first Weather System Follow-on Microwave (WSF-M) satellite. The polar-orbiting satellite, built by BAE Systems, has a microwave imager instrument to collect weather data including the measurement of ocean surface wind speed and direction, ice thickness, snow depth, soil moisture and local space weather. The Space Force has ordered a second WSF-M satellite, projected to be delivered by 2028.

JAXA to land astronauts on Moon through NASA partnership
Posted: Sun, Apr 14 11:14 AM ET (1514 GMT)
JAXA Lunar Cruiser (JAXA) Two Japanese astronauts will walk on the moon on future Artemis missions under a new agreement with NASA. NASA and the Japanese government announced Wednesday that Japan will provide a pressurized lunar rover to be delivered by NASA to the lunar surface ahead of the Artemis 7 mission in the early 2030s. NASA, in exchange, will provide seats for Japanese astronauts on two landing missions, making Japan the first nation after the U.S. to land its astronauts on the moon under Artemis. The announcement did not disclose what missions the Japanese astronauts will get to fly on.

Russia launches Angara from Vostochny
Posted: Sun, Apr 14 11:08 AM ET (1508 GMT)
The third time was the charm for Russia's Angara rocket. The Angara-A5 rocket lifted off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome at 5:00 am...

Space Force unveils commercialization strategy
Posted: Sun, Apr 14 11:05 AM ET (1505 GMT)
The U.S. Space Force has released a long-awaited strategy for how it will leverage commercial capabilities. In a speech at the 39th Space...

ESA restarts work on ExoMars
Posted: Sun, Apr 14 11:02 AM ET (1502 GMT)
ESA is restarting work on its ExoMars Rosalind Franklin mission. ESA announced Tuesday that it awarded a contract worth 522 million euros ($567 million) to...

Wednesday, April 17
Air Force Unveils First Picks For New ‘Quick Start’ Funding Stream
Air and Space Forces Magazine — 5:38 am ET (0938 GMT)
SwRI begins work on ‘spacecraft bus’
KSAT-TV San Antonio — 5:38 am ET (0938 GMT)
Starliner capsule integrated to Atlas V rocket for launch in May
WAAY-TV Huntsville, AL — 5:37 am ET (0937 GMT)
California Coastal Commission Hesitant to Support Increase on SpaceX Launches
Santa Barbara (CA) Independent — 5:33 am ET (0933 GMT)
Spaceport status OK’d for Homestead Air Reserve Base
Miami Today — 5:29 am ET (0929 GMT)
NASA takes ownership of space junk that crashed into Florida home
Los Angeles Times — 5:22 am ET (0922 GMT)
NASA's next-generation solar sail ready to launch into space
WVEC-TV Hampton Roads, VA — 5:19 am ET (0919 GMT)
Switzerland, Sweden Join Artemis Accords — 5:17 am ET (0917 GMT)
Second-biggest black hole in the Milky Way found
Ars Technica — 5:15 am ET (0915 GMT)
How to keep Earth from being cooked by the ever-hotter Sun
Ars Technica — 5:15 am ET (0915 GMT)

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