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One down, two to go: Astra’s first attempt to reach orbit scuppered by iffy guidance

Also: Cygnus named for Columbia ‘naut, and Space Shuttle Endeavour dressed up for launch

In brief  “As we’ve always said, we expect it to take three flights to make it to orbit,” upstart launch vehicle outfit Astra bravely said as its imaginatively named Rocket 3.1 went *phut* shortly after lift-off last week.…

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