Here are our picks for the most amazing space photos of the week.
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.
India's workhorse rocket celebrated its 50th flight with a successful launch of 10 satellites, including a spy vehicle.
Here's a guide to SpaceX's launch schedule, other rocket missions, astronomical events of the next year, as well as milestones for spacecraft already in travel.
Blue Origin's reusable New Shepard spacecraft launched on a suborbital mission for NASA and other customers Wednesday (Dec. 11), carrying science and even student art and postcards into space.
Blue Origin will have to wait at least another day to fly its first space mission in seven months after bad weather delayed a launch attempt today (Dec. 10).
Blue Origin will launch a New Shepard spacecraft filled with science experiments and thousands of postcards from kids on Wednesday (Dec. 11). Here's how to watch live.
A robotic Progress cargo ship docked at the International Space Station early Monday (Dec. 9), just one day after the arrival of a U.S. Dragon supply ship built by SpaceX.
The liftoff came less than 24 hours after SpaceX's Dragon freighter began its own journey to the station.
Rocket Lab just launched seven satellites to orbit, and learned a thing or two about bringing boosters back down to Earth for reuse.
SpaceX successfully launched an uncrewed Dragon spacecraft for NASA today (Dec. 5) on the company's final cargo mission of the year. They aced a rocket landing, too!
SpaceX is about to launch beer, "mighty mice" and much, much more to the International Space Station.
On Thanksgiving (Nov. 28), China launched yet another satellite into Earth's orbit, capping off a very busy month for the country.
China recently staged a show test of its Mars lander looking ahead to the program's launch next summer. But an equally crucial mission component faces a different kind of test in December.
An Indian rocket delivered 14 satellites to orbit tonight (Nov. 26), including 12 for U.S. Earth imaging company Planet and a prototype for Analytical Space.
Two communications satellites launched into orbit aboard Arianespace's workhorse rocket today (Nov. 26) in a bid to increase connectivity for mobile, civil and government customers.
A Russian Soyuz rocket launched a top-secret military satellite designed to scope out other satellites in space on Monday (Nov. 25), according to government reports.
An Indian rocket will deliver 14 satellites to orbit tonight (Nov. 26), and you can watch the liftoff live.
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