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Spaceflight (also written space flight) is ballistic flight into or through outer space. Spaceflight can occur with spacecraft with or without humans on board. Examples of human spaceflight include the U.S. Apollo Moon landing and Space Shuttle programs and the Russian Soyuz program, as well as the ongoing International Space Station. Examples of unmanned spaceflight include space probes that leave Earth orbit, as well as satellites in orbit around Earth, such as communications satellites. These operate either by telerobotic control or are fully autonomous.

Spaceflight is used in space exploration, and also in commercial activities like space tourism and satellite telecommunications. Additional non-commercial uses of spaceflight include space observatories, reconnaissance satellites and other Earth observation satellites.

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13 February 2019 – Exploration of Mars
The mission of NASA's Opportunity rover on Mars comes to an end. The rover stopped communicating in June 2018 after a Martian dust storm, and attempts to reestablish communications have not been successful. (NASA)
12 February 2019 –
Retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly announces that he will run for the 2020 United States Senate special election in Arizona. (CNN)
7 February 2019 –
NASA scientists report the MarCO satellites, two CubeSats in deep space, have lost contact with Planet Earth. (CNN)
23 January 2019 – 2019 in spaceflight
Blue Origin successfully launches its New Shepard 3 rocket and completes the tenth sub-orbital test flight, reaching an altitude of 106.9 km (351,000 ft), carrying its crew capsule and making a controlled upright landing in West Texas.[1].[2]

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  1. ^ Chris Bergin (23 January 2019). "Blue Origin conducts New Shepard's 10th test flight". NASASpaceFlight.com. NASA. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  2. ^ Eric Berger (23 January 2019). "New Shepard makes 10th launch as Blue Origin aims to fly humans late in 2019". Ars Technica. Retrieved 1 February 2019.