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U.S. missile defense system test sputters out

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A test of the only U.S. defense against long-range ballistic missiles failed on Friday, the third consecutive failure involving the interceptor system managed by Boeing Co, the Defense Department said. “Program officials will conduct an extensive review to determine the cause or causes of any anomalies which…

Hagel delays U.S. missile test amid rising tensions with North Korea

The Pentagon has delayed an intercontinental ballistic missile test due to take place in California next week amid soaring nuclear tensions with North Korea, an official said. The defense official told AFP that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel decided to to reschedule the Minuteman 3 test at Vandenberg Air Force Base…

NASA launches largest Earth observation satellite to date

The United States launched its latest Earth observation satellite Monday atop an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, NASA said. The Landsat Data Continuity Mission satellite was the latest in a line of satellites used to continuously gather imagery from space of the Earth’s land surface,…

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