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SpaceX wins bid to launch Canadian radar satellites

(Reuters) - Privately owned Space Exploration Technologies was selected to launch a trio of Canadian radar satellites aboard a single Falcon 9 rocket, the company announced on Tuesday. Full story

Spacewalkers leave space station for outside chores

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Two astronauts left the International Space Station on Tuesday for a day of maintenance tasks, including installing a power cable needed for a new Russian laboratory due to arrive later this year. Full story

SpaceX Grasshopper Makes a Giant Leap

Elon Musk's "reusable rocket" shoots 325 meters into the air -- then lands safely. Full story

SpaceX Grasshopper Beats Its Own Record

Latest test flight lifts Grasshopper 4 times higher than previous test. Full story

Europe braces for competition from low-cost U.S. satellite launcher

PARIS (Reuters) - Space Exploration Technologies is not among the 2,200 companies exhibiting at the Paris Airshow, but its cut-rate Falcon rocket, which has already shaken up the U.S. satellite launch industry, is raising eyebrows in Europe. Full story

Preparing for Its First Space Trip, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Breaks Sound Barrier

With a rocket-powered test flight, the billionaire's space transportation company moves closer to its goal of shuttling tourists into space by 2014. Full story

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Robotic Russian Supply Ship Docks With Space Station

Private space travel to make giant leaps in 2013

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  SpaceX capsule set to return to earth

The SpaceX built robotic capsule known as the Dragon spaceship is expected to return to California today carrying samples and trash from the International Space Station. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

  Thruster glitch delays SpaceX arrival at ISS

The SpaceX cargo capsule, initially hobbled by a problem with its thrusters, will be delayed reaching the International Space Station. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

  Mars rover leaves ‘footprint’

The tread of Curiosity’s tire somewhat resembled a boot imprinted on Mars’ dusty surface. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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  May 22: Nightly News Tuesday broadcast

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Elon Musk, Chief Executive of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, attends the Reuters Global Technology Summit in San Francisco on June 18.
Elon Musk, Chief Executive of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, attends the Reuters Global Technology Summit in San Francisco on June 18.

Elon Musk, Chief Executive of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, attends the Reuters Global Technology Summit in San Francisco on June 18.

Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, attends the Reuters Global Technology Summit in San Francisco
Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, attends the Reuters Global Technology Summit in San Francisco

Elon Musk, Chief Executive of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, attends the Reuters Global Technology Summit in San Francisco June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORT)

Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, smiles during the Reuters Global Technology Summit in San Francisco
Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, smiles during the Reuters Global Technology Summit in San Francisco

Elon Musk, Chief Executive of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, smiles during the Reuters Global Technology Summit in San Francisco June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORT)

Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, speaks during the Reuters Global Technology Summit in San Francisco
Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, speaks during the Reuters Global Technology Summit in San Francisco

Elon Musk, Chief Executive of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, speaks during the Reuters Global Technology Summit in San Francisco June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORT)