SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to fly again for first time since explosion

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Almost immediately after SpaceX’s catastrophic Falcon 9 rocket explosion in September, people started wondering when Elon Musk’s private spaceflight company would fly again.

Now, we finally have an answer. 

According to an update released Wednesday, SpaceX is planning to launch its first mission since the mishap in January, after completing its investigation into the accident.

“We are finalizing the investigation into our Sept. 1 anomaly and are working to complete the final steps necessary to safely and reliably return to flight, now in early January with the launch of Iridium-1,” SpaceX said in the statement.  Read more…

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Uncrewed Russian spaceship fails, burns up in atmosphere miles above Siberia

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An uncrewed Russian spacecraft carrying hundreds of pounds of supplies for the crew onboard the International Space Station failed to make it to orbit after launch Thursday. 

The Progress cargo ship failed about 190 kilometers (118 miles) above a remote part of Siberia, with some of the craft burning up in the atmosphere and other pieces likely making it to the ground.

The Progress — launched atop a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan — seemed to be functioning well until a little more than 6 minutes into the launch, when Russian mission control unexpectedly lost touch with the spacecraftRead more…

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