Space

Things are stacking up for NASA’s Mars 2020 spacecraft

Posted April 22, 2019 by

For the past few months, the clean room floor in High Bay 1 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has been covered in parts, components and test equipment for the Mars 2020 spacecraft, scheduled for launch toward the Red Planet in July of 2020.

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NASA announces first flight, record-setting mission

Posted April 19, 2019 by

NASA and its International Space Station partners have set a new schedule and new crew assignments that will include the first flight of NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, an extended stay for NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, and a record-setting flight for NASA astronaut Christina Koch. Koch, who arrived at the space station March 14, and now…

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America’s 1st female astronaut candidate, Jerrie Cobb, dies

Posted April 19, 2019 by Marcia Dunn

America’s first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, who pushed for equality in space but never reached its heights, has died. Cobb died in Florida at age 88 on March 18 following a brief illness. News of her death came April 18 from journalist Miles O'Brien, serving as a family spokesman.

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Former astronaut Owen Garriott dies, flew on Skylab station

Posted April 19, 2019 by Marcia Dunn

NASA photograph Scientist-Astronaut Owen K. Garriott, science pilot of the Skylab 3 mission, is stationed at the Apollo Telescope Mount (ATM) console in the Multiple Docking Adapter of the Skylab space station in Earth orbit. From this console the astronauts actively control the ATM solar physics telescope. Former astronaut Owen Garriott, who flew on America’s…

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Business

Northrop’s Cygnus successfully completes rendezvous, berthing with ISS

Posted April 19, 2019 by

Northrop Grumman announced April 19 that the “S.S. Roger Chaffee” Cygnus™ spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers with the International Space Station earlier this morning.

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Northrop Grumman to launch 11th cargo delivery mission to ISS

Posted April 17, 2019 by

Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman’s Antares™ rocket and Cygnus™ spacecraft are set to launch the company’s 11th cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. Northrop Grumman is set to launch the company’s AntaresTM rocket carrying its CygnusTM cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station for NASA. Pending completion of cargo late load, final vehicle…

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In California, giant Stratolaunch jet flies for first time

Posted April 15, 2019 by John Antczak

A giant six-engine aircraft with the world's longest wingspan completed what company officials called a superb initial flight over California's Mojave Desert, bringing to life a dream held by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen.

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SpaceX launches mega rocket, lands all 3 boosters

Posted April 15, 2019 by Marcia Dunn

SpaceX launched its second supersized rocket and for the first time landed all three boosters April 11, a year after sending up a sports car on the initial test flight.

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Mercury Seven astronauts introduced to public 60 years ago

Posted April 10, 2019 by

On Oct. 7, 1958, the new NASA announced Project Mercury, its first major undertaking. The objectives were threefold: to place a human spacecraft into orbital flight around Earth, observe human performance in such conditions, and recover the human and the spacecraft safely.

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Launching rockets to study auroras

Posted April 10, 2019 by

NASA photograph by Lee Wingfield NASA successfully launched AZURE, the Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment, mission on April 5, 2019, from the Andøya Space Center in Norway. Two Black Brant XI-A sounding rockets were launched at 6:14 and 6:16 p.m., EDT, carrying scientific instruments for studying the energy exchange within an aurora. The AZURE mission is designed to measure…

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