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China launched mapping satellite.

On November 3, 2019 at 04:22 UTC the “Long March – 4B” (“Changzheng-4B”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province. The rocket orbited the “Gaofen-7” observation satellite designed to collect three-dimensional mapping imagery. The rocket also orbited three smaller spacecraft, including one to test an innovative French-made iodine thruster, and another satellite built for Sudan.

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“Cygnus NG-12” cargo spacecraft launched to Space Station.

On November 2, 2019 at 13:59 UTC the "Cygnus” privately owned U.S. unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), a commercial space launch facility located at the southern tip of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, USA. The spacecraft was orbited by the “Antares-230” rocket-carrier. The "Cygnus” NG-12 (previously known as CRS OA-12) unmanned supply spacecraft, built by U.S. space firm Orbital Sciences Corp., was orbited on its cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. The "Cygnus” NG-12 is the 12th successful flight of the Orbital ATK uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus.

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Japanese HTV-8 cargo spacecraft departed the Space Station.

On November 1, 2019, the Japanese "HTV Kounotori-8” unmanned supply spacecraft departed the International Space Station. First HTV-8 was disengaged with the space station's robotic arm from a docking port on the Harmony module. At 17:20 UTC the spacecraft was released by American astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir.

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US military X-37B spaceplane landed.

On October 27, 2019 at 07:51 UTC, the US Air Force reusable “X-37B” spaceplane landed at NASA’s Shuttle Landing Facility runway at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. The Boeing-built spaceplane spent in space 780 days. The details of the unpiloted winged spaceplane’s activities in orbit remained largely secret. It was the fifth — and longest — flight in the program’s history.

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US astronauts performed first all-female spacewalk.

On October 18, 2019 American astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir performed the first all-female spacewalk to install a replacement battery charger in the Station’s solar power system. The EVA lasted 7 hours and 13 minutes. It was the 4th spacewalk for Christina Koch and the first one for Jessica Meir.

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China launched military satellite.

On October 17, 2019 at 15:21 UTC the "Chang Zheng-3B/G2” (Long March-3B/G2) rocket-carrier was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, southwest China's Sichuan Province. The rocket orbited the TJSW -4 (Tongxin Jishu Shiyan Weixing-4) military satellite.

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Electron rocket launched from New Zealand.

On October17, 2019 at 01:22 UTC, the “Electron” rocket-carrier was launched from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, the commercial spaceport located on the Mahia Peninsula on the eastern coast of New Zealand's North Island. The rocket orbited the “Palisade” technology demonstration microsatellite.

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US astronauts performed spacewalk.

On October 11, 2019 American astronauts Christina Koch and Andrew Morgan performed the spacewalk to continue battery replacement work. The EVA lasted 6 hours and 45 minutes. It was the 3rd spacewalk for both Christina Koch and Andrew Morgan.

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Legendary Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov passed away.

On October 11, 2019, legendary cosmonaut Alexei Leonov passed away after a long illness. He was 85 years old. In March 1965 he became the first human to conduct a spacewalk. In July 1975, Leonov commanded the “Soyuz-19” spacecraft during the Soyuz–Apollo mission.

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US orbited Ionospheric Connection Explorer.

On October 11, 2019 at 00:31 UTC, the US “Stargazer” aircraft (a modified L-1011 jetliner) took off from the Skid Strip airfield at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Northrop Grumman's Pegasus XL rocket was carried aloft by the Stargazer aircraft to approximately 40 000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, around 160 kilometers east-northeast of Cape Canaveral where it was released and free-falls five seconds before igniting its first-stage rocket engine at 01:59 UTC. The “Pegasus XL” rocket orbited the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite.

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Russian “Proton” orbited 2 satellites.

On October 9, 2019 at 10:17 UTC the Russian "Proton-M” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket equipped with the "Briz-M” booster orbited the “Eutelsat-5WB” television broadcasting satellite and the US “MEV-1” (Mission Extension Vehicle-1) satellite.

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