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Cargo ship docks with space station; Soyuz issue assessed

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By WILLIAM HARWOOD
CBS News

After a two-day orbital chase, an unmanned Russian Progress supply ship carrying 2.9 tons of supplies and equipment carried out a smooth automated docking with the International Space Station Friday evening as the two spacecraft sailed into orbital darkness off the east coast of Brazil.Cargo ship docks with space station; Soyuz issue assessedThe view from a television camera aboard a Russian Progress supply ship on final approach to the International Space Station. (Credit:
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Russian cargo ship takes off for space station

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By WILLIAM HARWOOD
CBS News

An unmanned Russian Progress supply ship loaded with 2.9 tons of supplies and equipment blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Wednesday, bound for the International Space Station.Russian cargo ship takes off for space stationA Russian Progress supply ship bound for the International Space Station takes off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Docking is expected Friday evening. (Credit: NASA TV)
Perched atop a Soyuz booster, the Progress...

SpaceX cargo launch on hold until at least late March

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By WILLIAM HARWOOD
CBS News

Launch of a SpaceX commercial cargo ship on an initial test flight to the International Space Station, originally planned for Feb. 7, is expected to slip to at least the end of March, officials said Friday, to give engineers time to complete additional hardware and software testing in the wake of a recent simulation, software analysis and work in Florida to close out the craft for flight.

The company has not set an

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Delta 4 boosts military comsat into space

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Posted at 08:00 PM EST, 01/19/12: Delta 4 boosts military comsat into spaceUpdated at 08:20 PM EST, 01/19/12: Satellite released into preliminary orbitBy WILLIAM HARWOOD
CBS News

A $464 million Air Force communications satellite that will be stationed over the Indian Ocean and used in part to relay commands to unmanned drones was boosted into orbit Thursday evening by a
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Russian space officials say ill-fated Mars probe falls to Earth

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By WILLIAM HARWOOD
CBS News

Russia's $163 million Phobos-Grunt Mars probe, stranded in low-Earth orbit after a malfunction following launch Nov. 8, is expected to fall back into Earth's atmosphere next month, Russian officials confirmed Friday. The massive spacecraft, still loaded with 11 tons of rocket fuel, will burn up during entry, but 20 to 30 pieces of debris, totaling several hundred pounds, are expected to survive atmospheric heating,...

Twin GRAIL spacecraft achieve lunar orbit (UPATED)

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  • Posted at 5:33 PM EST, 12/31/11: 1st GRAIL spacecraft brakes into lunar orbit; 2nd to follow suit Sunday
  • Updated at 06:55 PM EST, 01/01/12: 2nd GRAIL satellite slips into orbit around the moon
By WILLIAM HARWOOD
CBS News

Ringing in the new year with back-to-back successes, a second NASA science satellite slipped into orbit around the moon Sunday, one day after an identical spacecraft braked into the same polar orbit for a $496...

1st GRAIL spacecraft brakes into lunar orbit; 2nd to follow suit Sunday

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By WILLIAM HARWOOD
CBS News

After a round-about 2.6-million-mile voyage, the first of two small NASA spacecraft successfully braked into orbit around the moon Saturday, a welcome New Year's Eve milestone for an ambitious $496 million mission to map out the moon's hidden interior.

"Pop the bubbly & toast the moon! NASA's GRAIL-A spacecraft is in lunar orbit," the space agency said in a Twitter posting just after 5 p.m. EST (GMT-5).

If all goes

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Soyuz docks with space station; Russians investigate comsat launch failure

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  • Posted at 12:29 PM EST, 12/23/11: Soyuz docks with space station; Russian investigate comsat launch failure
  • Updated at 03:25 PM EST, 12/23/11: Hatches opened; crew comments
By WILLIAM HARWOOD
CBS News

Amid word of yet another Russian space failure -- the fifth this year -- a Russian Soyuz ferry craft glided to a problem-free docking with the International Space Station Friday, boosting the lab's crew back to a full complement of six...

Russian Soyuz docks with space station, boosts crew back to six

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By WILLIAM HARWOOD
CBS News

Amid word of yet another Russian space failure -- the fifth this year -- a Russian Soyuz ferry craft glided to a problem-free docking with the International Space Station Friday, boosting the lab's crew back to a full complement of six after an August launch failure that disrupted crew rotation flights.
Russian Soyuz docks with space station, boosts crew back to six
The International Space Station as seen from the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft during final approach to docking. (Credit:
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