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Airline delays flight, changes route to catch solar eclipse

A very excited passenger on an Alaska Airlines flight captured video of a solar eclipse. From 36,000 feet in the sky, the astronomer convinced the airline to delay and adjust one of its flights so passengers could see it. One of the passengers also brought specially filtered sunglasses for everyone ...

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Mars One's mission looks a lot like reality TV

It plays more like a movie trailer than anything else: This is how Mars One announced the 100 finalists for its 2024 mission to Mars. Of these 100 people, as many as 40 will ultimately be selected for the privately funded mission, and their bios on the website read something like those of participants ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - DECEMBER 05:  The lights around the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying NASA's first Orion deep space exploration craft are seen as it sits on its launch pad before the mornings mission on December 5, 2014 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The heavy-lift rocket will boost the unmanned Orion capsule to an altitude of 3,600 miles, and returning for a splashdown west of Baja California after a four and half hour flight.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Photos: NASA launches Orion spacecraft

NASA ushered in a new era of exploration on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, with the premier launch of its new Orion spacecraft in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Orion spacecraft successfully launches from Cape Canaveral

NASA's new Orion spacecraft is on its way to orbit.   The unmanned orbital test flight began Friday with a sunrise liftoff witnessed by thousands of NASA guests gathered at Cape Canaveral for the second morning in a row. The crowd size and excitement were reminiscent of the shuttle-flying days. ...

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Chinese probe returns after disastrous week for space travel

It has been a pretty rough week for U.S. space travel.  Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo broke apart during a test flight leading to the death of one pilot and serious injuries for another. The cause of that crash is still being investigated. And just days before, the Antares resupply rocket was intentionally exploded seconds after takeoff after ...

This image from video by KABC TV Los Angeles shows wreckage of what is believed to be SpaceShipTwo in Southern California's Mojave Desert on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded after taking off on a test flight, a witness said Friday. (AP Photo/KABC TV)

What the Virgin Galactic crash means for space tourism

Space travel can be risky; that's a given. Just getting up out of the Earth's gravitational pull requires massive amounts of energy.  But the explosion of Orbital Science's Antares rocket on Tuesday and Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crash on Friday has made that all the more real for space industry watchers. Two spaceship accidents in one week, ...

This image from video by KABC-TV Los Angeles shows wreckage of SpaceShipTwo in Southern California's Mojave Desert on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded after taking off on a test flight, a witness said Friday. (AP Photo/KABC-TV)

Photos: Crash of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded after taking off on a test flight in Southern California's Mojave Desert Friday.

This image from video by KABC TV Los Angeles shows wreckage of what is believed to be SpaceShipTwo in Southern California's Mojave Desert on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.

Latest social media reports on the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded after taking off on a test flight in Southern California's Mojave Desert, a witness said Friday. At least one was dead and another was injured, California Highway Patrol said. The SpaceShipTwo rocket is typically flown by a crew of two pilots and has ...

WATCH: Vacationers record Antares rocket explosion in Virginia

Centerville, Ohio, residents Samantha and Sharon Morrissey didn’t expect to see a rocket explode when they lined up to watch the launch Tuesday night. According to the Dayton Daily News, the mother and daughter are vacationing on Chincoteague, Virginia, an island adjacent to Wallops Island, where NASA launched the Orbital ...

This image taken from video provided by NASA TV shows Orbital Sciences Corp.'s unmanned rocket blowing up over the launch complex at Wallops Island, Va., just six seconds after liftoff. The company says no one was believed to be hurt, and the damage appeared to be limited to the facilities.

Antares supply rocket explodes on liftoff

The NASA launch of Orbital Sciences’ unmanned Antares spacecraft suffered a catastrophe Tuesday, exploding only six seconds after liftoff. http://twitter.com/EddieInTheYard/status/527227331472277505 The rocket was launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia around 6:22 p.m. local time. No injuries were reported, although NASA officials say there was significant property and vehicle damage. (Video via CNN) ...

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