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August 30, 2016
Russia's Floating Space Launch Pad to Be Sold in Early 2017
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2016
The sale of Russia's Morskoi Start (Sea Launch) floating space launch pad is expected early next year, with Russian investors among the leading candidates, the S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia chief said Friday. "I believe the transaction will be finalized in early 2017. We are leaning toward a Russian candidate, it has an interesting program and is convenient to work with," RSC Energia General Director Vladimir Solntsev told reporters without naming the potential investor. ... read more

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Year-long simulation of humans living on Mars ends in Hawaii
One year after living in isolation to simulate a mock mission to Mars, the six crew members emerged Sunday from their 1,200-square-foot solar-powered dome. ... more

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