Read live updates here. Should we extend the life of the Shuttle Program? Soyuz launches Italian radar satellite, ESA exoplanet telescope December 18, 2019. The Soyuz launcher has been in operation for over years. The first crew to launch on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft since its October failure lifts off Monday (Dec. 3), and Space.com contributor Elizabeth Howell is on the scene. But in the wake of the launch abort, Roscosmos moved up the Soyuz MS-11/57S launch to Dec. 3 and delayed the departure of Gerst's crew by one week to Dec. 20. The Soyuz programme is an ongoing human spaceflight programme which was initiated by the Soviet Union in the early 1960s, originally part of a Moon landing project intended to put a Soviet cosmonaut on the Moon. Is it safer to continue to fly the 30 year old Shuttle fleet for crew transportation and cargo resupply than the Soyuz? How does the development of the Orion/Ares crew transportation system affect these decisions? Is the Soyuz launch system more robust than the Space Shuttle? Falcon Heavy U.S. Air Force certifies Falcon Heavy rocket, awards launch contract June 26, …

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