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Solar Orbiter Blasts Off to Capture 1st Look at Sun's Poles

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Europe and NASA's Solar Orbiter rocketed into space Sunday night on an unprecedented mission to capture the first pictures of the sun's elusive poles. “We're on the way to the sun. Go Solar Orbiter!” said Cesar Garcia Marirrodriga, project manager for the European Space Agency. “It's...

SpaceX Confirms Crew Capsule Destroyed in Ground Test

CAPE CANAVERAL — SpaceX finally confirmed Thursday its crew capsule was destroyed in ground testing two weeks ago and conceded that the accident is "not great news" for the company's effort to launch astronauts this year. Hans Koenigsmann, a company vice president, told reporters it's too soon to know what...