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News related to spacecraft or space probes. The results of the missions can be found in astronomy news. 

SpaceX lands stage 1

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Normally rockets blast off and throw away their main tank of fuel (stage 1) after delivering their payload (stage 2) . The SpaceX rocket Falcon 9 stage 1 has managed to land back on the Earth after successfully delivering ORBCOMM-2 (stage 2). 

Successful test flight of Orion

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The Orion spacecraft had a successful flight! A very smooth and neat looking launch too. Powered by a hydrogen oxygen mixture producing water vapour.  It also re-entered and landed in the ocean too. 

NASA to launch test of Orion spacecraft

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OK, so for some reason this story on the web has been headlined as more along the lines of “NASA officially announces manned mission to Mars”. 

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The Orion spacecraft on top of the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle 

The official NASA press release says in the first paragraph:

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