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Firefly Aerospace to launch 1st orbital test flight tonight. Here's how to watch.
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The Launchpad
Star-smash supernova? New type of stellar explosion possibly seen
(Chuck Carter)
Astronomers have uncovered evidence of explosions triggered by dead stars ramming into live stars, a first of its kind discovery.
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Firefly Aerospace plans to launch its first-ever orbital mission tonight (Sept. 2). The four-hour launch window for Firefly's Alpha rocket opens at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 GMT on Sept. 3).
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Spaceflight
Pilots saw 'red light' warning during Virgin Galactic's historic spaceflight with Richard Branson: report
Virgin Galactic's historic first fully crewed launch with founder Richard Branson aboard may not have been as smooth as it appeared, according to a New Yorker report. Virgin Galactic says the crew was never in danger.
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"Tough to see these views of my home state," NASA astronaut Megan McArthur said after watching the Dixie and Caldor fires from space.
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Science & Astronomy
The mysterious troughs on giant asteroid Vesta keep puzzling scientists
NASA visited Vesta in 2011 and 2012 with the Dawn spacecraft, which mapped the large asteroid's surface in unprecedented detail. Still, its mysteries persist.
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A citizen scientist's lucky discovery of an eccentric brown dwarf illustrates the tantalizing borderline between stars and planets.
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SpaceX
Inspiration4: SpaceX's historic private spaceflight in photos
This summer SpaceX plans to launch the first-ever all-civilian spaceflight with four crewmembers on a mission called Inspiration4. See photos of the historic mission here.
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On Friday (Aug. 27), Maxar Technologies' WorldView-2 satellite spotted SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo spacecraft from orbit.
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Entertainment
Halo Infinite will launch Dec. 8 to bring back Master Chief: report
"Halo Infinite" will launch this holiday season on the heels of the Halo franchise's 25th anniversary.
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Time to catch up on some long overdue sci-fi, so here's our handy guide to what's on.
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