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Magic Mapourika

Image credit & copyright: Mikey MacKinven (Mikey Mack). Happy Friday everyone! Let’s get our weekend off to a dazzling start with this image from Mikey MacKinven of the beautiful Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) over Lake Mapourika along the West Coast … Continue reading

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Galaxy on Edge

Image credit & copyright: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Here’s a beautiful edge-on view of a spiral galaxy cataloged at NGC 5866. Located 45 million light years away in the constellation Draco, this galaxy presents us with a wonderful opportunity to … Continue reading

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China’s Massive Long March 5 to Embark on its Second Flight

Images credit & copyright:Xinhua. Launch Alert! Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 07:20 EDT (11:20 UTC) China’s massive heavy lift rocket, the Long March 5 will embark upon its second flight, launching from Launch Complex 1 (LC-1) at the Wenchang Satellite … Continue reading

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SpaceX to Break Their Annual Launch Record With Intelsat 35e

Images credit & copyright: SpaceX. LAUNCH ALERT: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 19:35 EDT (23:35 UTC), a SpaceX Falcon 9 (B1037.1) will rise from Kennedy Space Center’s legendary Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) to deliver the Intelsat 35e communication satellite into … Continue reading

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Arianespace Ariane 5 Dual Payload Launch

Image credit & copyright: ESA/Arianespace. LAUNCH ALERT: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 20:59 UTC (16:59 EDT) Arianespace will launch their massive heavy lift, Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA238. This mission will deliver a dual payload of Inmarsat S-band/Hellas-Sat 3 … Continue reading

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India’s PSLV-C38 Mission/Cartosat2E Launch

Image credit & copyright: India Space Research Organization (ISRO). Live streaming links below (hopefully). LAUNCH ALERT! Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 23:59 EDT (03:59 UTC on the 23rd), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will be launching a Polar Satellite … Continue reading

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SpaceX Iridium NEXT 11-20 Launch From CA

Images credit & copyright: SpaceX & Iridium Corp. LAUNCH ALERT: How about two launches in a weekend and three in one month from SpaceX from two different coasts?! Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 13:25 PDT (16:25 EDT & 20:25 UTC), … Continue reading

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