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NASA searches for new launch provider after Astra Space pauses rocket launches

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA is looking at some alternatives on how to safely launch an important Earth-science mission.

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This comes after a private rocket company decided to discontinue launches, for now.


Astra was selected to send six Tropics satellites into orbit.

But the first two satellites were lost after launches from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

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The satellites were designed to help with hurricane forecasting.

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NASA should have more information about its next move in the coming weeks.

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