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Power upgrade: Station crew install new iROSA, work power channel issue on ISS

NASASpaceflight | 2022-12-03 20:10:55

Two NASA astronauts conducted a spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, Dec. 2, to install a new iROSA (ISS Roll-Out Solar Array).

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RS-25 engine performance “perfect” on Artemis I debut launch

NASASpaceflight | 2022-12-02 19:32:17

The four RS-25 engines from Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully propelled the Core Stage, Interim Cryogenic Propulsion System, and Orion/Service Module stack into its initial Earth orbit during the system’s debut launch on Nov. 16, 2022.

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Solid Rocket Boosters meet performance targets in first-look data review for Artemis I

NASASpaceflight | 2022-12-01 19:17:08

The Artemis I launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket from LC-39B at the Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 16, 2022, marked the first time in 11 years that the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) formerly used for the Space Shuttle program lit on a launch pad and hauled a spaceship out of Earth’s dense lower atmosphere.

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Boeing talks Core Stage performance on Artemis I, looks ahead to future Core Stages and EUS debut

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-30 19:06:40

Following a successful first launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) and its critical Core Stage, Boeing is looking ahead to “the SLS fleet” as the aerospace company moves to complete the next three core stages for Artemis missions II through IV.

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SpaceX to launch Falcon 9 with private Japanese moon lander

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-29 22:25:55

SpaceX is ready to use its reliable Falcon 9 rocket to send a privately funded mission to the surface of the moon.

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China to finish busy Space station year with Shenzhou-15

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-29 14:00:45

China aims to launch the Shenzhou-15 mission to the Tiangong space station on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 15:08 UTC from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (JSLC). The launch window for this mission is instantaneous. It will launch three taikonauts to the station to replace the current crew of the Shenzhou-14 mission. It will use a Chang Zheng 2F (CZ-2F) rocket and will launch from Space Launch Site 1 (SLS-1), which is also known as Site 901.

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ISRO to launch ocean research satellite aboard PSLV

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-25 23:03:17

India will launch a new ocean monitoring satellite on Saturday morning, using its PSLV rocket to deliver the EOS-06 spacecraft into a low Earth orbit. The mission, PSLV C54, is scheduled for liftoff from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 11:56 local time (06:26 UTC).

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“Alexa, turn on the lights”; Lockheed Martin, Amazon, Cisco test virtual assistant, deep space video conferencing

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-23 17:09:21

With the Orion spacecraft soaring through its mission with flying colors so far, the capsule will soon enter its Distant Retrograde Orbit of the Moon with significant tests of various capsule and service module systems progressing.

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NASA, SpaceX to launch Dragon to ISS on CRS-26 mission

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-22 15:56:46

SpaceX’s newest Cargo Dragon 2 spacecraft, C211, will launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 3:54 PM EST (20:54 UTC) on Nov. 22 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Cargo Dragon will later rendezvous and dock with the forward port on the Harmony module of the International Space Station (ISS). Docking is scheduled for 5:57 AM EST (10:57 UTC) on Nov. 23.

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SpaceX to launch Eutelsat-10B on final flight of booster B1049

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-21 18:23:28

SpaceX is set to launch the Eutelsat-10B communication satellite into a supersynchronous geostationary transfer orbit. A Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket carrying the satellite will lift off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida with liftoff scheduled for Monday, Nov. 21 at 9:57 PM EST (02:57 UTC on Nov. 22). This will mark SpaceX’s 53rd mission of 2022 – keeping an average of a launch every 6.13 days.

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Three spacewalks completed across two days on two space stations

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-17 21:14:59

In low Earth orbit (LEO) this week, NASA, Roscosmos, and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) performed spacewalks outside humankind’s two permanently-crewed space stations.

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Artemis I releases 10 cubesats, including a Moon lander, for technology and research

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-16 22:05:00

The Artemis I mission, the first flight of the Orion spacecraft and SLS, is now underway after a successful launch from Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center at 1:47:44 AM EST (06:47:44 UTC) on Nov. 16.

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NASA, partners ready for SLS’s debut flight: Artemis I to the Moon

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-15 19:55:24

NASA and the SLS teams stand ready for the next series of launch attempts for the agency’s super heavy lift rocket which will facilitate humanity’s return to the Moon: this time to establish a permanent presence on our closest celestial neighbor. 

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Artemis I launch team planning on gentle LH2 cycle to stop leaks on next attempt

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-15 13:02:02

NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) program, prime launch processing contractor Jacobs, and their Artemis launch team partners have adapted their countdown procedures headed into the next attempt to send Artemis I on its way to the Moon. Liquid hydrogen (LH2) leaks seen while filling the SLS Core Stage on Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida stopped past launch attempts and rehearsals in the spring and summer.

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Booster 7 resumes static fire testing as SpaceX ramps up Starship production

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-14 17:51:49

Booster 7 is set to resume its static fire test campaign as soon as Monday with a short firing of half of its engines in what is hoped to be the significant event before the long-awaited 33-engine static fire test. This milestone will put the Super Heavy booster one step closer to being ready for Starship’s first orbital flight.

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Falcon 9 B1051 to make final flight on Galaxy-31 & 32 mission

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-12 14:04:52

After a delay caused by Hurricane Nicole, SpaceX is ready to launch its 52nd mission of 2022 with the Intelsat Galaxy-31 & 32 satellites using a flight-proven Falcon 9 to a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). Falcon 9 first-stage booster B1051-14 will be making its final flight on this mission.

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Expedition 68 completes first full month with new crew and cargo

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-11 16:55:19

October 2022 was once again a busy month aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Several spacecraft movements completed the transition between Expedition 67 and 68 and saw new supplies delivered to the Russian Orbital Segment. Against this backdrop, the essential work of the station — furthering humanity’s understanding of science — has continued with the crew carrying out a varied array of research.

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Atlas rocket bids farewell to California as ULA readies for Vulcan

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-10 00:29:49

The Atlas rocket family, a staple of the US launch industry since June 11, 1957, is scheduled to end its West Coast operations on Nov. 10 with the launch of an Atlas V rocket with the JPSS-2 weather satellite.

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RFA reveals second stage and updates test path to 2023 launch

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-08 17:31:51

Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA) has revealed the second stage for its upcoming RFA One rocket. The company’s tweet showed a second stage, integrated with a Helix engine. This engine will power both the first and second stages. NASASpaceflight spoke to RFA about the reveal and RFA’s test campaign for the second stage pathfinder.

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Penultimate Antares 230+ to launch NG-18 with Antares 330 development underway

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-05 20:48:41

Northrop Grumman is preparing to launch the second to last Antares 230+ rocket from Wallops Island, Virginia for the NG-18 mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Liftoff is set for 5:50 AM EST (10:50 UTC) on Sunday, Nov. 6.

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Catch Me If You Can: Rocket Lab to attempt mid-air recovery again

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-04 15:16:19

Six months after its first first-stage recovery attempt, Rocket Lab is looking to try its hand at booster recovery once again, with the launch of its 32nd mission, “Catch Me If You Can.” Liftoff is set to take place no earlier than Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at 6:27 AM NZDT (17:27 UTC on Friday, Nov. 4).

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SLS to return to LC-39B for next Artemis I launch opportunity

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-03 18:49:10

The first Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is planned to make the 6.7 km trip from High Bay 3 in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) back out to Launch Complex 39B on Friday morning. The move follows a five-week stay in the VAB to shelter from Hurricane Ian and allow teams to prepare the vehicle for its next launch attempt.

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SpaceX to launch second Hotbird satellite for Eutelsat

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-02 22:49:22

SpaceX is ready for its 51st launch of 2022 with Eutelsat’s Hotbird-13G telecommunication satellite using a flight-proven Falcon 9 to a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). The Falcon 9 will launch from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS), in a 116-minute long window that opens at 11:26 PM EDT on Nov. 2 (03:26 UTC on Nov. 3).

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy to loft USSF-44 on first flight in three years

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-01 02:34:25

The world’s most powerful operational rocket, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, is set to take to the Florida skies for the first time in over three years. USSF-44, a US Space Force contracted flight with a classified payload and at least one rideshare satellite, is ready for launch.

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China to launch Mengtian science module to Tiangong space station

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-30 20:57:45

China plans to launch its second space station module of the year aboard a Chang Zheng 5B rocket Monday. The Mengtian module is scheduled for liftoff at 07:37 UTC, completing the initial phase of construction for China’s Tiangong space station.

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Falcon 9 set to launch Starlink Group 4-31 from Vandenberg

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-27 17:15:46

SpaceX’s 49th Falcon 9 flight of 2022 is ready to lift off from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California with 53 Starlink satellites. The launch is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6:14 PM PDT (01:14 UTC on Friday, Oct. 28). Falcon 9 will be launching to the southeast into a 53.2-degree inclined orbit to help fill out the fourth shell of Starlink satellites orbiting at 540 kilometers in altitude.

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Progress MS-21 to launch to ISS on resupply mission

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-25 18:36:12

Roscosmos is scheduled to launch Progress MS-21 atop a Soyuz-2.1a rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, at 8:20 PM EDT on Oct. 25 (00:20 UTC on Oct. 26). After launching from Site 31/6 in Baikonur, Roscosmos plans to have the Progress MS-21 spacecraft conduct a standard two-day autonomous rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS).

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Rocket Factory Augsburg talks reusability plans and 3D printing

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-24 16:46:03

In a recent interview with NASASpaceflight, Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA) co-founder and COO Dr. Stefan Brieschenk talked about current manufacturing methods and upcoming plans for its RFA One rocket.  

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OneWeb to resume launches on first commercial GSLV Mk.III

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-22 14:15:51

OneWeb will resume the deployment of its satellite constellation with the launch of 36 satellites aboard India’s GSLV Mk.III rocket. The mission – which marks the first commercial launch for the GSLV – is due to lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 12:07 AM local time on Sunday, Oct. 23 (18:37 UTC on Saturday, Oct. 22).

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SpaceX to launch the 3,500th Starlink satellite

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-20 13:03:56

SpaceX is gearing up to launch another batch of Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit (LEO) on Thursday. Liftoff is scheduled to occur at 10:50 AM EDT (14:50 UTC) on Oct. 20 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

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Ariane 6 debut slips to end of 2023, teams prep for Combined Test

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-19 18:20:59

The debut of Europe’s new heavy-lift launcher, Ariane 6, has slipped once again, this time to a no-earlier-than target of the “last quarter of 2023.”

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TESS returns from safe mode, the case of the missing exoplanet atmosphere

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-18 16:35:32

Following an incident that triggered the telescope to enter safe mode, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has resumed normal science operations in its highly elliptical Earth orbit. TESS entered safe mode on Monday, Oct. 10, and was in the protective states until Thursday, Oct. 13, at approximately 22:30 UTC.

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Firefly looking ahead after “To The Black” payloads reenter early

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-17 19:42:16

On Oct. 1, 2022, Firefly launched the “To The Black” mission which successfully deployed three satellites into low Earth orbit. However, space tracking data showed that the satellites were deployed at a lower-than-planned altitude, and just two weeks after launch, all payloads have reentered Earth’s atmosphere.

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Starship set for full stack fueling test ahead of static fire campaign

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-16 17:00:11

With a fully stacked Starship system on the launchpad at Starbase, SpaceX is preparing for the next round of tests for its fully reusable launch system ahead of its debut orbital launch attempt as soon as later this year.

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Lucy completes its first Earth gravity assist after a year in space

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-15 16:27:58

A year after its launch, NASA’s Jupiter Trojan asteroid explorer Lucy has completed its first of multiple Earth gravity assists on its journey to explore nine asteroids. Lucy is a first-of-its-kind mission to visit several Trojan asteroids in Jupiter’s L4 and L5 Lagrange points. The mission’s closest approach to Earth occurred on Oct. 16 at 7:04 AM EDT (11:04 UTC).

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Hotbird-13F ready for launch aboard Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-14 19:24:54

The Eutelsat Hotbird-13F geostationary communications satellite is set for launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 out of Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Falcon 9 booster 1069-3, which has flown the CRS-24 and Starlink 4-23 missions, is scheduled to take the Hotbird satellite to geostationary transfer orbit.

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Crew-4 prepares to undock from the ISS ahead of return to Earth

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-14 13:25:19

After living and working aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for close to six months, Crew-4 and its crew of international astronauts are preparing to undock from the orbiting laboratory and begin their return to Earth.

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JAXA to launch sixth Epsilon flight with RAISE-3 and others

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-11 21:20:28

Epsilon is scheduled to launch from the Mu Pad at the Uchinoura Space Center in Japan at 00:50 UTC on Oct. 12. This launch will mark the sixth flight of JAXA’s Epsilon rocket, and the launch vehicle will loft a rideshare mission into orbit consisting of RAISE-3 and numerous other satellites.

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Researchers discover galactic shield of gas surrounding the Magellanic Cloud galaxies

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-09 16:55:45

The largest satellite galaxies of the Milky Way — the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds — have been undergoing a treacherous interaction for billions of years. As the galactic pair are pulled toward the Milky Way, they are constantly orbiting each other and unraveling themselves, creating massive trails of gaseous debris. Yet, the galaxies have remained intact and continue to host star formation inside of them — something that has puzzled astronomers and physicists for years.

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Expedition 68 underway as Crew-4 prepares to return home

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-08 14:59:34

September saw the end of Expedition 67 aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and the handover to Expedition 68. While the expedition number has changed and crew rotation is underway, this has not changed the significance of the work performed by astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the orbiting outpost.

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SpaceX successfully lofts Intelsat Galaxy duo

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-07 14:51:46

SpaceX launched Intelsat’s Galaxy 33 (G-33) and Galaxy 34 (G-34) satellites on Saturday from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The launch came after scrubbing two previous attempts due to a helium issue.

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Rocket Lab launches “It Argos Up From Here” mission

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-07 14:37:36

Rocket Lab has launched its 31st Electron rocket on the “It Argos Up From Here” mission from Rocket Lab’s private Launch Complex 1B (LC-1B), on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. Liftoff occurred on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 6:09 AM NZT (17:09 UTC on Oct. 7).

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SpaceX launches Starlink 4-29 from Vandenberg hours after crew mission

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-05 22:47:00

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 B1071-5 has launched 52 Starlink satellites from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base, in California. The Starlink 4-29 mission was targeting launch on Monday, Oct. 3; however, the target was delayed 24 hours to Tuesday “to allow more time for pre-launch checkouts” and then to its final liftoff time on Wednesday at 4:10 PM PDT (23:10 UTC) to deconflict with the Crew-5 mission.

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SpaceX Crew-5 mission docks with ISS

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-05 09:51:41

SpaceX and NASA have launched a group of four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the Crew-5 mission. The crew flew atop a Falcon 9 rocket and the Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Complex 39A on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 12:00:57 PM EDT (16:00:57 UTC).

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Final Atlas V 531 launches dual SES-20 and SES-21 satellites

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-04 15:11:57

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has launched the dual-manifested SES-20 & 21 telecommunication satellites on the final Atlas V 531 rocket to a near-circular geosynchronous orbit (GSO). The Atlas V launched from Space Launch Complex-41 (SLC-41) at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS) on Oct. 4 at the opening of the window at 5:36 PM EDT (21:36 UTC).

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Amid Starship milestones, Booster 7 set to return for pre-launch testing

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-02 20:27:58

SpaceX’s Starship program continues to march through a fluid set of milestones, ranging from a new record number of Raptor engines firing simultaneously, to the anticipated presence of a vehicle on the Starship pad at Florida’s historic LC-39A by the second quarter of 2023.

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Firefly succeeds on second Alpha flight

NASASpaceflight | 2022-10-01 09:16:32

With the goal of successfully reaching orbit, Firefly successfully launched FLTA002 – its second demonstration flight of the Alpha launch vehicle – on the mission dubbed “To The Black.” Launching from Space Launch Complex 2 West (SLC-2W) at the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, the vehicle lifted off at 12:01 AM PDT (07:01 UTC) on Oct. 1.

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Firefly success with second Alpha flight

NASASpaceflight | 2022-09-30 09:16:32

With the goal of successfully reaching orbit, Firefly successfully launched FLTA002 – its second demonstration flight of the Alpha launch vehicle – on the mission dubbed “To The Black.” Launching from Space Launch Complex 2 West (SLC-2W) at the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, the vehicle lifted off at 12:01 AM PDT (07:01 UTC), October 1.

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Soyuz MS-21 lands on the Kazakh steppe to complete 195 day mission

NASASpaceflight | 2022-09-29 00:08:59

The Soyuz MS-21 spacecraft, which launched three Russian cosmonauts to the International Space Station on March 18 of this year, touched down in the Kazakh steppe. MS-21 landed outside of Dzhezkazgan on Thursday, Sept. 29, completing a 195-day mission in low Earth orbit.

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Florida spaceports brace for Hurricane Ian

NASASpaceflight | 2022-09-28 15:54:00

The Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station are bracing for the arrival and effects of Hurricane Ian, a major tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Mexico that is predicted to make landfall on Florida’s west coast near Port Charlotte and Fort Myers Wednesday at near Category 5 strength, with sustained winds of 250 km/h (155 mph).

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