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Soyuz rocket blasts off from French Guiana

KOUROU, French Guiana (Reuters) – A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from French Guiana on Friday bearing the first two satellites in Europe’s Galileo global positioning system, a much-heralded mission that will redraw commercial competition in space. The launch from Europe’s space base in South America was the first time…

NASA mulls ‘what-ifs’ of unmanned space station

WASHINGTON — NASA is mulling the worst-case scenarios of leaving the $100 billion International Space Station unstaffed for a period of time following the crash of a Russian rocket, US astronauts said Tuesday. Two Americans aboard the ISS, Ron Garan and Mike Fossum, told reporters in a video press conference…