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SpaceX sends up Space Coast’s 50th rocket launch of the year

SpaceX continued the Space Coast’s record rocket launch pace with a Monday evening liftoff from Cape Canaveral.

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/2024/07/08/spacex-set-to-launch-space-coasts-50th-rocket-of-the-year/?

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Boeing’s Starliner astronauts put ‘trust’ in decision makers before return to Earth

NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams spoke with media for the first time since arriving at the International Space Station on Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner last month as they await more tests on the vehicle that suffered thruster and leak issues after launch.

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/2024/07/10/boeings-starliner-astronauts-put-trust-in-decision-makers-before-return-to-earth/?

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The two NASA astronauts piloting the historic Starliner mission spoke favorably Wednesday about the vehicle that carried them to the International Space Station — despite a string of issues that have delayed its return indefinitely. The crew has been in space for more than a month, much longer than the weeklong stay initially expected. NASA and Boeing have said that the fresh wave of issues affecting this flight should not prevent the spacecraft from ultimately bringing astronauts Suni Williams and Butch Wilmore safely home. NASA has not named an expected time frame for their return to Earth but insists the crew is not "stuck" in space.

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Redefining the planets
 
Illustration of a briefcase opened to reveal stars and planets inside
 

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

 

A group of astronomers wants to change the definition of a planet, Axios' Jacob Knutson reports.

  • Their new proposal wouldn't bring Pluto back into the planetary fold, but it could reclassify thousands of celestial bodies across the universe.

🔭 How it works: The International Astronomical Union's current definition of a planet includes only celestial bodies that are nearly round, gravitationally dominant and orbit our Sun.

  • This Sun-centric definition is vague, not quantitative and unnecessarily exclusionary of planets that orbit other stars, the proponents of a new definition argue in a forthcoming paper.
  • Planets should instead be classified based on their mass, they argue.

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SpaceX launches on hold after Falcon 9 engine mishap

For the first time since 2016, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket experienced a catastrophic failure after a liquid oxygen leak developed on the spacecraft’s second stage – an incident that will delay the company’s launches until investigations into the mishap are completed.

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/2024/07/12/spacex-falcon-9-accident/?

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