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NASA providing 1st live 360-degree view of rocket launch

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Want the world’s best, up-close view of a rocket launch without being right there at the pad? For the first time, cameras will provide live 360-degree video of a rocket heading toward space. NASA will provide the 360 stream Tuesday as an unmanned Atlas rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with a capsule full of space station supplies. The stream will begin 10 minutes before the scheduled 11:11 a.m. liftoff and continue until the rocket is out of sight.…

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Space center reopens after hurricane, damage in millions

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NASA’s Kennedy Space Center reopened for business Tuesday, relying on industrial air conditioners rushed in from around the country in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Director Robert Cabana said the damage – mostly ripped-off roofs – is still being tallied, but is in the millions of dollars. He said it would have been much worse had Matthew not weakened and veered slightly offshore Friday as it swept up the Florida coast. “We were definitely blessed,” Cabana, a former space shuttle…

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‘This is not over’: Hurricane sideswipes Florida coast

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Hurricane Matthew sideswiped Florida’s Atlantic coast early Friday, toppling trees onto homes and knocking out power to more than 800,000 people but sparing the most heavily populated stretch of shoreline the catastrophic blow many had feared. Authorities warned that the danger was far from over, with hundreds of miles of coastline in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina still under threat of torrential rain and deadly storm surge as the most powerful hurricane to menace the Atlantic Seaboard in over a…

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Hurricane Matthew spares South Florida, pushes north

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Hurricane Matthew scraped Florida’s Atlantic coast early Friday, toppling trees onto homes and knocking out power to a half-million people but sparing some of the most heavily populated stretches of shoreline the catastrophic blow many had feared. Authorities warned that the danger was far from over, with hundreds of miles of coastline in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina still under threat of torrential rain and dangerous storm surge as the hurricane pushed north. “Remember, it could be the worst of…

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Report: Defense industry had $79.8B impact in Florida, despite decline in Fed funding

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Gov. Rick Scott highlighted a state-commissioned report Friday that shows the defense industry had a $79.8 billion impact on the Florida economy last year. Commissioned by Enterprise Florida and CareerSource Florida, the report ranks defense as the fourth-largest industry in the state behind only agriculture, health care and tourism. The $79.8 billion figure accounts for about 9.5 percent of the state economy and is an increase of about $6.4 billion since 2011. Scott said the gains came in spite of…

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Gov. Scott announces Blue Origin launch facility; will create 330 Brevard County jobs

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A deal between Florida and a private space flight company owned by the CEO of Amazon promises to pump 330 new jobs and $200 million in investments into the Space Coast. Gov. Rick Scott announced the deal Tuesday alongside Amazon head Jeff Bezos, who said Florida beat out about a dozen other states vying for the new Blue Origin production facility. In addition to the new facility the space flight company will be taking over a 43-year-old complex on Cape…

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Challenger, Columbia wreckage on public display for 1st time

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NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades. A new exhibit at Kennedy Space Center features two pieces of debris, one from each lost shuttle, as well as poignant, personal reminders of the 14 astronauts killed in flight. It is an unprecedented collection of artifacts – the first time, in fact, that any Challenger or Columbia remains have been openly displayed. NASA’s intent is to show how…

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