NASA announced discovery of the TRAPPIST-1 solar system, possibly permitting life support

NASA announced Wednesday that a system called TRAPPIST-1 with seven exoplanets which were all found in tight formation around a dwarf star, at 40 light-years from the Earth, outside of our solar system, is the best candidate for supporting life. "I think we've made a crucial step towards finding if there is life out there," said Amaury Triaud, one of the study authors and an astronomer at the University of Cambridge.

India’s space agency launched 104 satellites at once

India’s space agency established a record: they launched 104 satellites at once with a single rocket. 88 of them belonged to the San Francisco-based imaging company Planet. At 9:28 a.m. Tuesday morning, a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) built by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on the Bay of Bengal carrying  satellites from seven countries.

The SpaceX rocket mission for NASA was delayed for one day

A SpaceX rocket was scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida from a pad of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Saturday, and landing after as it became common for SpaceX rockets. The launch was aborted just 13 seconds before liftoff out of an “abundance of caution,” thanks to a vector control issue in the upper stage of the vehicle.

China prepares to launch its first cargo spacecraft

China prepares to launch its first cargo spacecraft in mid-April, state media reported Monday. The Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft arrived Monday at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan Province in south China. It consists of a capsule each for cargo and propellant, and can carry a payload of up to six tons. Its weight is about 13 tons at liftoff.