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  • In Pictures Space Photos of the Day 06/08

    This image from the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory shows the cloud associated with the Rosette Nebula, a stellar nursery about 5,000 light-years from Earth in the Monoceros, or Unicorn, constellation. The Herschel telescope collects infrared light given out by dust. The bright smudges are dusty cocoons containing massive embryonic stars, which will grow up to 10 times the mass of our sun. The small spots near the center of the image are lower mass stellar embryos. The Rosette Nebula itself, and its massive cluster of stars, is located to the right of the picture.

  • Australia UFO sightings: Was that the Falcon 9 rocket?

    Australia UFO sightings: Was that the Falcon 9 rocket?

    Eerie spiral light show in the pre-dawn sky over Australia on Saturday prompted a flood of UFO reports. The phenomenon was likely the privately launched Falcon 9 rocket, which lifted off from Cape Canaveral Friday.

  • SpaceX launch: Falcon 9 powers into orbit

    SpaceX launch: Falcon 9 powers into orbit

    Falcon 9 roared up Friday afternoon from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The SpaceX launch means that prospects for the Obama administration’s space-lift plans may have soared upward as well.

  • Falcon 9 launch takes place after aborted attempt

    Falcon 9 launch takes place after aborted attempt

    The private Falcon 9 rocket blasts off Friday afternoon from a Florida launch pad.

  • Blast-off! Why SpaceX and Falcon 9 can pull off what NASA won't do alone

    Horizons Blast-off! Why SpaceX and Falcon 9 can pull off what NASA won't do alone

    On Friday morning, after several false starts, the Falcon 9 rocket was successfully launched from the Kennedy Space Center. The Falcon 9 has been developed privately by Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, with a large subsidy from NASA.

  • Falcon 9 rocket launch aborted

    A glitch just before liftoff has delayed the maiden voyage of the privately owned Falcon 9 rocket.

  • Six private enterprises that could launch humans into orbit

    Private spaceflight is entering a new era with the first test launch of the new Falcon 9 rocket Friday. Here are six companies vying to build a vessel that will carry civilians into space.

  • Falcon 9 inaugural flight has a lot riding on it

    Falcon 9 inaugural flight has a lot riding on it

    There will be many eyes checking out the inaugural flight of the private Falcon 9 rocket Friday, launching from Florida.

  • First test launch for new private rocket

    The new Falcon 9 rocket has cleared its final hurdle and is on track to blast off from Cape Canaveral.

  • Obama's space plans ride on Falcon 9 rocket launch

    Obama's space plans ride on Falcon 9 rocket launch

    President Obama wants commercial carriers to ship cargo and crew to the space station. The Falcon 9 rocket, set for a Friday launch, could show how far private industry has progressed.