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New Exoplanet Found Orbiting Three Stars

An exoplanet (named HD 131399Ab) four times larger than Jupiter has been found orbiting three suns in the constellation Centaurus, which is located 340 light-years from our planet. During its 550-year journey, all three suns are visible in the sky half of the time.

NASA's Juno Now In Orbit Around Jupiter

After five years of heading towards the planet, NASA's Juno spacecraft has entered Jupiter's orbit. Once it was close to Jupiter, Juno's engines were activated and it began a complex 35-minute maneuver to get into place. Juno will take many pictures and measurements.

SpaceX Planning On Another Ocean Landing Friday

SpaceX will attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on the ocean as soon as this Friday. A launch had been scheduled for May 26, but a "tiny glitch in the motion of an upper stage engine actuator" forced SpaceX to postpone, says CEO Elon Musk. The launch could take a couple days.

SpaceX Gets First Military Launch Contract

SpaceX has won its first military launch contract which will see the company carry a GPS satellite into space on behalf of the US Air Force. According to Reuters, the contract is worth $83 million and the launch is going to occur in May 2018. SpaceX will use its Falcon 9 rocket.