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SpaceX Ramps Up Launch Rate With Inmarsat-5 F4 Mission

Posted on May 17, 2017 by Spaceflight Insider 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — On May 15, 2017, SpaceX launched an expendable Falcon 9 rocket with the Inmarsat-5 F4 communications satellite. SpaceFlight Insider was there to capture the event. In an increasingly-rare expendable configuration, the rocket lifted off at 7:21 p.m. EDT (23:20 GMT) from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A). Some 32 minutes later, the Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite was placed into a geostationary transfer orbit. Because the spacecraft was over 13,000 pounds (5,900 kilograms), the company did not attempt to recover the first stage, as in previous missions. This mission took place 14 days after the last launch from LC-39A, one of the quickest turnarounds for the pad that once sent Saturn V rockets and Space Shuttles into space. SpaceX hopes to increase its launch rate over the coming months. The next launch at LC-39A will be the CRS-11 mission. It will attempt to launch at 5:52 p.m. EDT 21:52 GMT) June 1. Fourteen days later on June 15, another Falcon 9 will launch BulgariaSat 1, also from Florida...Read More

Scientist identify mysterious sea creature that washed up in Indonesia 
Posted on May 17, 2017 by Mary Bowerman
A massive sea creature that washed up on a beach in Indonesia last week isn't an unknown species from the depths of the ocean, but likely a whale, according to researchers. The Jakarta Globe reported that the badly decomposed creature was spotted on Hulung Beach on Seram Island by Asrul Tuanakota last week. Tuanakota originally believed that the massive corpse was a boat. While the Globe identified the nearly 50-foot-long corpse as a squid, Regina Asmutis-Silvia, executive director of Whale and Dolphin Conservation, told the Huffington Postit's most likely a type of baleen whale. “Giant squid are invertebrates and there are clearly bones visible (jaw, skull, vertebrate) so I am very comfortable saying it’s some type of rorqual whale,” Asmutis-Silvia told the Huffington Post...Read More