Jacob Berkowitz: The year in space exploration

December 30, 2014 1:03 PM

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At first glance, the past year was a dismal one for space travel and exploration. For many, the lasting space-related images will be from October, when the brash, upstart field of commercial spaceflight crashed back to Earth.

On Oct. 28, six seconds after taking off from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia, Orbital Sciences Corp.’s unmanned Antares rocket exploded into a ball of fire obliterating 3,100 kilograms of cargo bound for the International Space Station. Three days later, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShi...

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