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Graph of launch success rate over time
Reid Sherman
Posted Dec 01

After a dramatic disaster like the launch failure of the Antares rocket, it is common and reasonable to demand to know what went wrong, and to want drastic steps taken in response. This is often seen regarding events like airplane disasters and especially terrorist attacks.

Antares explodes on the launchpad
Kristin Lewis
Posted Dec 01

The crowd’s anticipation was palpable. My sister and I were at the press site, a mere two miles away from Launchpad OA at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), where an Antares rocket was about to launch a Cygnus spacecraft towards the ISS carrying new supplies and new science.

Antares liftoff
Rik Williams
Posted Nov 13
On October 28, an Antares rocket destined for the International Space Station malfunctioned on takeoff at Wallops Island, Virginia and was destroyed.
Diagram of a human egg cell
Lauren Fordyce
Posted Nov 06

Recently Facebook and Apple made national news when they announced that they will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons.

Statistical analysis of 49 randomly sampled infographics...
Issel Anne Lim
Posted Nov 06

In a world immersed in big data, how can we best show the messages gleaned from our findings? Enter data visualization and infographics -- artistically innovative ways to see the big picture as an actual picture.

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