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Rocket launches used to be the realm of national governments, but with the rise of private spaceflight companies more rockets are launching into space than ever before. While most rockets launch satellites into orbit, some like Russia's Soyuz, carry astronauts on missions into space. SpaceX's Dragon and Boeing's CST-100 Starliner will fly Americans into orbit, while Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin will launch space tourists on short suborbital trips. SpaceX and Blue Origin even land their rockets after launch for later reuse. See news, photos and videos of the latest rocket launches from around the world here.
Skywatchers in the Western Hemisphere may see a fuel dump from a satellite that launched earlier today on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
An Atlas V rocket topped with two "neighborhood watch" satellites lifted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Friday (Jan. 21) at 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT).
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket delivered 49 Starlink satellites to orbit today (Jan. 19) and pulled off a landing at sea.
A SpaceX rocket will launch a new fleet of the company's Starlink internet satellites into orbit Tuesday (Jan. 18) and you can watch it live online.
SpaceX has some nice before-and-after photos to mark the 10th launch of one of its Falcon 9 rockets, thanks to a satisfied customer.
Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne rocket lofted seven small satellites for three different customers today (Jan. 13), marking the third straight successful mission for the California-based company.
The "Above the Clouds" mission is scheduled to lift off from California's Mojave Air and Space Port today (Jan. 13) between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST (2100 to 2330 GMT).
SpaceX successfully launched 105 small satellites into orbit before landing a veteran booster back on Earth on Thursday (Jan. 13).
SpaceX is preparing another one of its Falcon 9 rockets to launch a bevy of small satellites into space this morning (Jan. 13), and you can watch the fiery action live online.
The current chaos in Kazakhstan isn't seriously impacting the famous spaceport in the nation, Russian officials say.
A Black Brant IX sounding rocket topped with the DXL experiment launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility at midnight EST on Sunday (Jan. 9).
SpaceX successfully launched its first Falcon 9 rocket of the year Thursday (Jan. 6), sending a new stack of Starlink satellites into orbit from Florida, before nailing a landing at sea.
North Korea claims that it conducted a successful test of a new hypersonic vehicle on Wednesday (Jan. 5).
SpaceX is gearing up to launch its first rocket of 2022 on Thursday evening (Jan. 6) and you can watch the action live online.
The Persei upper stage of a Russian Angara A5 rocket crashed back to Earth in an uncontrolled fashion today (Jan. 5), reentering over the South Pacific at 4:08 p.m. EST (2108 GMT).
Here's a guide to all the rocket launches and astronomical events in 2021, as well as milestones for space missions, anniversaries and conferences.