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Submission + - ISS ready for first private spacecraft visit (

a_hanso writes: SpaceX's Dragon capsule--a craft that is capable of eventually ferrying astronauts--is scheduled to make an unmanned rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS) on February 7th. The capsule is to be launched atop a Falcon 9 booster from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The capsule will be carrying food, clothing and other supplies.

Submission + - Delta IV Rocket Launched With Secret Payload (

a_hanso writes: The National Reconnaissance Office has announced the launch of what we may assume to be a rather large reconnaissance satellite. According to the NRO press release, it is the third of a series of six such payloads. We can only speculate as to what kind of monitoring capabilities these satellites will bring to the US defense/intelligence community once they are fully operational.

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