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An Astra rocket has a major launch failure, Stratolaunch ends its 6th test flight early due to unexpected results, and Perseverance finds something shiny on Mars. These are some of the top images this week from  

Two NASA satellites lost during Astra rocket failure

Astra’s Launch Vehicle 0010 carrying two NASA TROPICS hurricane satellites lifts off from a pad at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on June 12, 2022. (Image credit: Footage provided by NASASpaceflight LLC and Astra Space Inc.)

An Astra rocket suffered a major malfunction during launch Sunday (June 12), failing to deliver two small NASA hurricane-tracking satellites to orbit. The booster, called Launch Vehicle 0010 (LV0010), had a second-stage failure. “We had a nominal first stage flight; however, the upper-stage engine did shut down early and we did not deliver our payloads to orbit,” Astra’s Amanda Durk Frye, senior manager for first stage and engine production, said during live launch commentary. 

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