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SpaceX Doubles Annual Launch Record

SpaceX's successful launch on Monday brought the company's 2017 launch figure to 16, doubling its prior annual record of eight missions. Its launches have increased and decreased in frequency throughout the year, leading to an average of 1.5 missions per month.

SpaceX To Attempt Two Launches In Three Days

SpaceX hasn't carried out any Falcon 9 launches in the past month, but it's coming back with two in a span of just three days. It'll first launch 10 satellites into orbit on Monday and then it'll carry out another mission on Wednesday. The former starts in California.

James Webb Space Telescope Pushed Back To 2019

NASA is pushing back the launch date of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. It was going to enter Earth's orbit in October 2018, but now the launch has been scheduled for sometime between March and June 2019.

Russia, US Collaborating On Moon Base

Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, and the US' NASA have both released statements revealing their intention to work together on a base that'll orbit the moon. The countries share a "common vision for human exploration," which is why they're working together.

SpaceX Carries Out Another Successful Launch

SpaceX has successfully launched its 12th Falcon 9 rocket of the year, with this mission carrying a satellite from Taiwan's National Space Organization (NSPO) to space. The rocket launched from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base and carried the NSPO's FORMOSAT-5 satellite.

First Ghanaian Satellite Reaches Space

The first satellite from Ghana to ever reach space was carried beyond Earth by SpaceX a couple months ago. A cubesat from a team at Ghana's All Nations University was aboard one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets in June and it was delivered to the International Space Station.

SpaceX May Attempt Launch Today After Two Delays

After two delays that prevented SpaceX from carrying out a Falcon 9 mission on Sunday and Monday, the company may try again tonight. SpaceX typically hasn't encountered multiple delays of this sort. The first was triggered by an issue with the rocket's computer guidance system.