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Virgin Galactic Rocket Ship Reaches Space, a Milestone in Space Tourism

A Virgin Galactic spacecraft flew more than 50 miles above the Mojave Desert in California on Thursday morning, climbing into the edge of space for about a minute, a crucial milestone in the race to make big-business space tourism a reality. The craft, SpaceShipTwo, soared at speeds topping out at …

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It’s a Briefcase! It’s a Pizza Box! No, It’s a Mini Satellite

For years, space was dominated by just two nations, the United States and the Soviet Union. Their designs were big: Rockets grew taller than 20-story apartment buildings. Satellites expanded to the size of city buses. Spy satellites unfurled antennas nearly as large as football fields. The debut of the iPhone …

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Watch Rocket Lab Try to Launch an Electron Rocket to Orbit From New Zealand

This weekend, a small rocket company will try to launch its first commercial mission. It will not be nearly as big a spectacle as the maiden flight of SpaceX’s powerful Falcon Heavy rocket in February, which propelled Elon Musk’s sports car on a trajectory beyond Mars. But Rocket Lab’s Electron …

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