NASA's NPP climate and weather satellite roars into space on Oct. 28, 2011.
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India Launches New Satellite on July 15, 2011
Credit: India Space Research Organization
The Indian Space Research Organiztion launches a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle carrying the new GSAT-12 communications satellite on July 15, 2011 in a…Read More »
mission from the Satish Space Centre at Sriharikota Island off India's southeastern coast. Less «
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Juno Launch as Seen by Astronaut Nicole Stott
Credit: Nicole Stott (via Twitter as @Astro_Nicole)
Astronaut Nicole Stott caught Juno's launch on August 5, 2011. She tweeted the picture with this comment: "Our view of Juno launch from Cocoa Beach. Next stop Jupiter! Beautiful!"
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THAAD Missile Test 2011
Credit: Missile Defense Agency/U.S. Department of Defense
A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during the system's first operational test at 1:56 a.m. EDT Oct. 5, 2011, at the…Read More »
Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii. The test was conducted by the Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency with the support of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. During the test the THAAD system engaged and simultaneously intercepted two ballistic missile targets. Less «
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Shuttle Launch From Plane
Credit: Ryan Graff, courtesy of @ChadGraff
Ryan Graff took this photo of space shuttle Atlantis' final launch from the window of a Southwest Airlines plane. Photo was posted on Twitter by Ryan Graff's brother, Chad Graff @ChadGraff.
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X-37B Soars Toward Space
Credit: United Launch Alliance
The Air Force's second X-37B space plane soars toward space atop an Atlas 5 rocket after launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on March 5, 2011.
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Japan HTV-2 Launch
Japan's Kounotori 2 unmanned cargo spacecraft launches toward the International Space Station Jan. 22, 2010.
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ESA's ATV-2 Johannes Kepler Launches Toward ISS
Credit: ESA - S. Corvaja, 2011
ESA’s second Automated Transfer Vehicle, was launched today evening from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, in French Guiana, at 22:50:55 CET by an Ariane 5…Read More »
to deliver critical supplies and reboost the International Space Station Less «
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Shuttle Discovery's Long Shadows
Credit: NASA/Jeff Marino
The exhaust plume of space shuttle Discovery casts a long shadow after the shuttle's final launch on Feb. 24, 2011 to kick off NASA's STS-133 mission to the International Space Station.
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Glory Satellite Launches on Taurus XL Rocket
Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss
An Orbital Sciences Corporation Taurus XL rocket carrying NASA’s Glory spacecraft launched from Space Launch Complex 576-E here at 2:09 a.m. (PST) March 4, 2011.
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Soyuz Named For Yuri Gagarin Blasts Off
Credit: NASA TV
A Russian Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft, named for famed cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin - the first human in space - launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on April 4, 2011 at 6:18 p.m. EDT.
Lift-off of the Minotaur I Rocket Carrying the ORS-1 Satellite
Credit: NASA/Wallops Flight Facility
Lift-off of the Minotaur I rocket carrying the new ORS-1 satellite from the MARS 0B pad at Wallops Island, Va., on June 29, 2011.
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Shuttle Atlantis Liftoff Seen From Air
Credit: NASA/Dick Clark
Space shuttle Atlantis is seen through the window of a Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) as it launches from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center…Read More »
on the STS-135 mission, July 8, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on the final shuttle mission. Less «
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Atlantis, GO at Throttle up!
Credit: Quest for Stars
The StratoShuttle-1 student balloon, an educational project by the Quest for Stars group, captured NASA's shuttle Altantis soaring into orbit as seen from…Read More »
89,000 feet on July 8, 2011. Tweeted @questforstars: "Atlantis, GO at Throttle up!" Less «
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Soyuz 2 Rocket Launches Six New Globalstar Satellites on July 13, 2011
Credit: Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)
A Soyuz rocket launched at 8:27 a.m. local time on July 13, 2011 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to carry six new Globalstar mobile communucations satellites into orbit.
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Proton Rocket Launches Two Satellites — July 15, 2011
Credit: International Launch Services
A Russian Proton rocket launches two new satellites, the Kazaksat 2 and SES 3 satellites into space for commercial customers on July 15, 2011, from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
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Delta 4 Rocket Blasts Off with GPS Satellite on July 16, 2011
Credit: Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket blasts off from Space Launch Complex-37 at 2:41 a.m. EDT on July 16, 2011, with the Air Force's Global Positioning…Read More »
System (GPS) IIF-2 payload. This launch marks the 50th successful GPS launch on a Delta vehicle. Less «
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Minotaur 4 Launch on August 11, 2011
Credit: U.S. Air Force/Dan Liberotti
Team Vandenberg launched a Minotaur 4 from Space Launch Complex-8 here at 7:45 a.m. Aug. 11, 2011.
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Russian Soyuz Rocket Launches With Progress 44 Cargo Ship
Credit: RSC Energia
A Russian Soyuz rocket launches the unmanned Progress 44 cargo ship from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Aug. 24, 2011, to deliver fresh supplies to the International…Read More »
Space Station. The rocket and spacecraft crashed in eastern Russian just over five minutes after liftoff. Less «
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Members of the Media Watch Grail's Smoke Trail
Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
Media representatives at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida photograph the launch of NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL).…Read More »
Liftoff was at 9:08:52 a.m. EDT on Sept. 10, 2011. Less «
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Ariane 5 Launch September 2011
Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Photo Optique vidéo du CSG
On 21 September 2011 an Ariane 5 launcher lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites,…Read More »
Arabsat-5C and SES-2, into their planned transfer orbits. Less «
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Tiangong 1 Lifts Off
Credit: China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology
China's first space laboratory module, Tiangong 1 (Chinese for "Heavenly Palace") blasts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Sept. 29,…Read More »
2011. The module will fly a 2-year mission for docking tests. Less «
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Soyuz 2-1b Rocket Launch October 2011
Soyuz 2-1b rocket lifts off on Sunday, October 2, 2011, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.
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THAAD Test Flight Launch
Credit: Missile Defense Agency/U.S. Department of Defense
A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during the system's first operational test at 1:56 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time Oct.…Read More »
5 at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii. The test was conducted by the Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency with the support of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. During the test the THAAD system engaged and simultaneously intercepted two ballistic missile targets. Less «
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Soyuz VS01 Clears the Tower
Credit: S. Corvaja/ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE
Soyuz clears the tower for the first time from Europe's spaceport in French Guiana carrying the first two Galileo In-Orbit Validation satellites, on October 21, 2011.
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Progress 45 Cargo Ship Launches Spaceward
Credit: RSC Energia
A Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress 45 cargo ship lifts off from a pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 30, 2011.
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Shenzhou 8 Lifts Off
Credit: China Manned Space Engineering Office
Launch of Shenzhou 8 on October 31, 2011, was successful. According to the orbit calculation, the Shenzhou 8 spaceship has entered its operating orbit…Read More »
with a perigee height of 200 km and apogee height of 329 km. The obliquity of the orbit is 42 degrees, and the orbiting cycle is 5379 seconds. Less «
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Proton Rocket Launch November 4, 2011
Credit: TsENKI TV/Spaceflight Now
The Proton rocket carrying three Glonass navigation satellites launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Nov. 4, 2011.
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Phobos-Grunt Launches Toward Mars Moon Phobos
Credit: German Aerospace Center (DLR)
A Zenit rocket launches into space carrying Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft toward Mars on a mission to collect samples of the Martian moon Phobos. Liftoff…Read More »
occured on Nov. 9, 2011, Local Time from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (Nov. 8 EST). Less «
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Soyuz TMA-22 Spacecraft Launches in Snow
Despite heavy snowfall, the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft carrying three new space station crewmembers to the orbiting outpost successfully launched on Nov.…Read More »
13, 2011, at 11:14 p.m. EST from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Less «
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Curiosity Pierces the Clouds
Credit: Mike Wall/SPACE.com
Curiosity, the new Mars Science Laboratory, and its Atlas 5 rocket pierce the clouds as they rise into the Florida sky on Nov. 26, 2011.
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Chinese Long March 3A Rocket Lift Off December 2, 2011
Credit: Chinese Defence Ministry
The Chinese Long March 3A rocket lifted off at 5:07 a.m. Beijing time on Dec. 2, 2011.
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Proton Rocket Blast Off on Dec. 11, 2011
Credit: Roscosmos TV
The Russian Proton rocket blasted off on Dec. 11, 2011 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
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Russian Soyuz Launch
Credit: NASA TV
The Russian TMA-03M Soyuz spacecraft launches Dec. 21 from Kazakhstan, carrying three new crewmembers to the International Space Station.