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Orbital Sciences Soars Out of Musk’s Shadow in Space Race

Orbital Sciences Corp. looked like an also-ran in the space race about two years ago, eclipsed by billionaire Elon Musk’s startup venture.

Orbital was trading near its five-year low while Musk’s closely held Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, made history in May 2012 by docking a cargo ship at the International Space Station.