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Next Launch MAVEN on a Atlas V 401 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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18 Nov 13 18:28:00 GMT
18 Nov 13 13:28:00 EST

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On @ The 90: Our Vanguard Moment

Photo Credit: NASA

The Space Race, one of many fronts of the Cold War, began in earnest on July 29, 1955, when President Eisenhower publicly announced Project Vanguard, the first genuine effort to launch a man-made vehicle into orbit as an instrumented scientific experiment for the International Geophysical Year. Bypassing Werner Von Braun’s more [...]

Van Allen Probes Mission Discovers Third Earth Radiation Belt

Artist’s concept of the Van Allen Probes—formerly known as the Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP)—at work, high above Earth. Image Credit: NASA

Six months after their launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes have discovered a third radiation belt girdling the Earth. Published by the journal Science, the [...]

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The Unha-3 rocket stands ready for one of its early launches. Like several other members of the ‘Space Club’, vehicles which lofted satellites were often devised with the intention of wreaking death and destruction. Photo Credit: Voice of America

It is easy to view North Korea’s launch, last week, of its Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2 [...]