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Watch live @ 5 pm ET: Arianespace launches 2 communications satellites

European launch provider Arianespace will loft two communications satellites on Friday (July 30), and you can watch it live here.

Liftoff is targeting a window from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EDT (2100 to 2230 GMT) and will occur at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. A live broadcast of the launch will be begin at 4:10 p.m. EDT (2010 GMT), and you can watch it in the window above, courtesy of Arianespace.

Today's launch marks the first flight of the Ariane 5 rocket in nearly a year after two 2020 launches experienced nose cone issues. Both missions were successful, but Arianespace decided to review the situation in detail before putting more payloads on the rocket.

The launch will be particularly closely monitored because Ariane 5 is due to launch the long-awaited James Webb Space Telescope this fall.

Read more: Ariane 5 rocket launching 2 communications satellites today: Watch it live

Watch live Tuesday @ 1:20 p.m. ET: Boeing Starliner OFT-2 mission launches

NASA and Boeing had been targeting a launch on Friday (July 30) of the uncrewed OFT-2 test flight of the new Starliner crew capsule. However, a situation on the International Space Station on Thursday (July 29) prompted a delay.

NASA officials have said the next available launch opportunity is on Tuesday (Aug. 3) at 1:20 p.m. EDT (1720 GMT), but the agency has not yet provided a new schedule for coverage of launch, docking (likely the next day) and hatch opening (likely the day after that).

Check back regularly for more information.

Read more: Boeing Starliner OFT-2 launch to space station delayed following Russian module mishap


'ISS Live!' Tune in to the space station

Find out what the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station are up to by tuning in to the "ISS Live" broadcast. Hear conversations between the crew and mission controllers on Earth and watch them work inside the U.S. segment of the orbiting laboratory. When the crew is off duty, you can enjoy live views of Earth from Space. You can watch and listen in the window below, courtesy of NASA.

From NASA:

"Live video from the International Space Station includes internal views when the crew is on-duty and Earth views at other times. The video is accompanied by audio of conversations between the crew and Mission Control. This video is only available when the space station is in contact with the ground. During 'loss of signal' periods, viewers will see a blue screen.

"Since the station orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, it experiences a sunrise or a sunset about every 45 minutes. When the station is in darkness, external camera video may appear black, but can sometimes provide spectacular views of lightning or city lights below." 

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  • The Exoplanets Channel
    It will be exciting!
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  • rod
    The Exoplanets Channel said:
    It will be exciting!

    It could also be more issues for stargazing too :)
    Reply
  • Postman1
    rod said:
    It could also be more issues for stargazing too :)
    All the more reason to build telescopes on the far side of the Moon.
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  • whatdoctor
    I have been watching space launches since 1969 and I still find them exciting.
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  • Moondaya
    for sure

    Each progress about space was and will be exciting! I wish to see days when base set up on the moon.
    Reply
  • jimmiy
    Reply
  • Castacon79
    New here so I can get the world to see if they can do something
    Reply
  • Erik
    rod said:
    It could also be more issues for stargazing too :)
    adapt, exceed....or die... When/if teleportation appears will anyone have any concern for travel agents, common carriers or taxi/uber drivers?
    Reply
  • Dan41273
    I don't want to burst any bubbles, but the water is from earth shedding the vapor into space, and some of it collects on the moon, and throughout space......
    Reply
  • Hughjer
    Annnnnd... aborted again. Maybe tomorrow folks.
    Reply