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Late next year, if all goes to plan, SpaceX and Boeing will begin sending American astronauts up to the International Space Station, ending Russia's monopoly on the ticket to orbit. In anticipation of the new space taxis, NASA is now building its commercial partners a parking spot.

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Video: The Boeing 747 is one of the world's most iconic airplanes. It's the Queen of the Skies, the Jumbo Jet, one of few planes that can lay claim to such an important role in connecting Australia's multicultural population to its roots in Europe, Asia and other parts of the world. Today, it celebrates its 47th year in operation.

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Video: The beautiful, venerable Boeing 747 is reaching the end of its lifespan at many airlines across the world. Take-up of the new-generation 747-8 has been slow, with many carriers choosing the smaller Boeing 777 alongside the behemoth Airbus A380. Air France has just retired the last of its once-68-strong fleet of 747s, and it flew the final jumbo jet around France with an escort from the country's premier aerobatic team, the Patrouille de France.

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It's been nearly a year and a half since Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared and investigators finally have their first big lead for finding the lost plane. A piece of an aircraft's wing — a flaperon, to be specific — washed up on Réunion Island, 193 kilometres off the coast of Madagascar, 4,828km away from where investigators were looking. But we're still a long way from many of the answers we need.