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According to redditor darga89 the data is extrapolated from the FCC

Update: Flight changed to 19th

During the upcoming Dec. 16th  ISS Resupply mission SpaceX will attempt a first. They will attempt to land the first stage on a landing barge. If successful this will be a giant leap to re-usability.

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“Rage against the dying of the light…”

NASA has a great desktop paper model of the Orion Crew Module.

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Link to Model

Feel the vibrations:

With onboard cameras:

Launch scrubbed. Launch rescheduled for Friday morning.

Orion on Delta IV Heavy awaiting launch Thursday morning

Orion on Delta IV Heavy awaiting launch Thursday morning

Beautiful Hayabusa 2 launch from Tanegashima Space Center.

More about Hayabusa 2:

“Asteroid Explorer “Hayabusa2” is a successor of “Hayabusa” (MUSES-C), which revealed several new technologies and returned to Earth in June 2010.
While establishing a new navigation method using ion engines, Hayabusa brought back samples from the asteroid “Itokawa” to help elucidate the origin of the solar system. Hayabusa2 will target a C-type asteroid “1999 JU3” to study the origin and evolution of the solar system as well as materials for life by leveraging the experience acquired from the Hayabusa mission.
To learn more about the origin and evolution of the solar system, it is important to investigate typical types of asteroids, namely S-, C-, and D-type asteroids. A C-type asteroid, which is a target of Hayabusa2, is a more primordial body than Itokawa, which is an S-type asteroid, and is considered to contain more organic or hydrated minerals — although both S- and C- types have lithologic characteristics. Minerals and seawater which form the Earth as well as materials for life are believed to be strongly connected in the primitive solar nebula in the early solar system, thus we expect to clarify the origin of life by analyzing samples acquired from a primordial celestial body such as a C-type asteroid to study organic matter and water in the solar system and how they coexist while affecting each other. “-JAXA (Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency)

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Hayabusa 2 Project Page at JAXA

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