Lotsa Space News

The private spaceflight company SpaceX successfully launched it's first commercially contracted payload yesterday. And today, released it's payload of the Maylaysian satellite RazakSAT into orbit. SpaceX was started by Elon Musk, a co-founder of eBay.

Fourth Time Is The Charm
In other space news, the NASA shuttle Endeavour will attempt it's 4th launch tomorrow(Wed., July 14th). The first two attempts were ditched because of a hydrogen leak. The third was scrapped because of a lightning storm.

Apollo 11 Turns Forty
NASA's got a lot on it's plate. Aside from the above mentioned shuttle launch, they are also gearing up for the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. NASA.gov has a section dedicated to the anniversary.

Forgot To Pack?
I recently stumbled on this list of things that the astronauts left on the surface of the Moon. I understand not wanting to carry the 'Defecation Collection Device' all the way back to Earth but there's some good stuff they left there, including cameras and their spacesuits). The stuff they did bring back plus other Apollo memorabilia is being auctioned off.

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