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# Spacecraft

Last year
# we have a problem
Contact lost with spacecraft on way to test moon orbit, Nasa says
The spacecraft had spent nearly a week in Earth orbit when contact was lost.
All time
Boeing spacecraft returns to earth after aborted space mission
The two-day demo was originally due to last for over a week.
# change 4
Chinese spacecraft makes first landing on moon's far side
China plans to send its Chang’e 5 probe to the moon next year.
# Air Force
An unmanned US military spacecraft spent 718 days orbiting Earth in secret mission
It landed in Florida yesterday morning.
# Phew
The out-of-control Russian spacecraft disintegrated before it reached Earth
It entered the atmosphere over part of the Pacific Ocean.
# comet landing
Philae hopes to communicate drilling results soon, but could it be its final hours?
Due to the lander’s position scientists are concerned about the battery supply.
# Fly me to the moon
New crew blast off to International Space Station
They docked six hours after launching from Russia.
# us flight
Boeing and SpaceX to build new spacecraft for ISS astronauts
SpaceX is headed by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk.
# pale blue dot
Video: This is what it looks like to rocket away from Earth
As it sped towards Mercury, a NASA spacecraft snapped 358 images looking back at Earth over 24 hours.
NASA's planet-hunting spacecraft is broken - but they're determined to fix it
The planet-hunting telescope is 40 million miles from Earth and searches for Earth-like planets outside our solar system.
# Astronomy
NASA considering plan to drag an asteroid into lunar orbit
Researchers have confirmed to NewScientist that NASA is considering plans to put another natural satellite in orbit around our own.
Eyes to the sky: See the International Space Station tonight
This will be one of the last chances to see it until later this year, Astronomy Ireland has said.
# down to earth
In photos: Chinese astronauts crash land after almost two weeks in space
The three astronauts landed safely in Inner Mongolia yesterday.
# final frontier
Is NASA's Voyager about to leave the solar system?
The spacecraft, which was launched in 1977, appears to be on the verge of becoming the first spaceship to leave the solar system. Bon voyage…
# Space
Chinese astronauts make first successful docking with space lab
The docking was a significant moment for China, which is aiming to build a space station by 2020.
# Space
Failed Russian spacecraft crashes to Earth
Parts from the failed Russian spacecraft have reportedly landed in the Pacific Ocean.
# whoops
Astronauts may face food shortage after Russian supply craft crashes
An unmanned Russian craft, carrying nearly three tons of food, water and oxygen, is lost after it fails to reach orbit.