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Science and commercial satellites launched on SpaceX Falcon 9

Posted May 23, 2018 by John Antczak

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a pair of U.S.-German science satellites and five commercial communications satellites into orbit from California May 22. The rocket roared off from a pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 12:47 p.m. and arced over the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles as it headed toward the South Pole.

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NASA sends new research on Orbital ATK Mission to space station

Posted May 21, 2018 by

Astronauts soon will have new experiments to conduct related to emergency navigation, DNA sequencing and ultra-cold atom research when the research arrives at the International Space Station following the 4:44 a.m., EDT, May 21 launch of an Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft.

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Lockheed Martin’s fifth AEHF protecting comm satellite completes launch environment test

Posted May 21, 2018 by

Lockheed Martin recently put its fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-5) satellite through its paces in realistic simulations of its future launch experience. The satellite completed the tests successfully and is now in system-level testing in preparation for delivery to the U.S. Air Force in 2019.

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45 years ago: Launch of Skylab, America’s first space station

Posted May 16, 2018 by

NASA images Skylab Program patch (left). Illustration of the Skylab space station and its components as it would have appeared without the damage incurred at launch (middle). Composite of the three three-person crews who completed long-duration missions aboard the space station (right). Skylab was America’s first space station and first crewed research laboratory in space….

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Mars helicopter to fly on NASA’s next Red Planet Rover mission

Posted May 14, 2018 by

The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with the agency’s Mars 2020 rover mission, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet. 

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Workers walk out on strike against rocket company

Posted May 8, 2018 by

DECATUR, Al.–Workers who build and launch rockets have gone on strike in Alabama, Florida and California. Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers voted May 6 to reject a three-year contract offer from United Launch Alliance of Centennial, Colorado. The strike, which began May 7, involves about 300 workers who assemble rockets…

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InSight Mars Mission lifts off from Vandenberg AFB

Posted May 7, 2018 by

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls The NASA InSight spacecraft launches onboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket, Saturday, May 5, 2018, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to study the “inner space” of Mars: its crust, mantle and…

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NASA, ULA launch mission to study how Mars was made

Posted May 7, 2018 by

NASA’s Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission is on a 300-million-mile trip to Mars to study for the first time what lies deep beneath the surface of the Red Planet. InSight launched at 7:05 a.m., EDT, May 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. “The United States continues to…

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NASA’s first mission to study interior of Mars awaits May 5 launch

Posted May 4, 2018 by

NASA image An artist’s impression of the InSight lander on Mars. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough check up since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. It is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California…

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Surviving inferno of entry, descent, landing

Posted May 4, 2018 by

Anticipation is building as preparations are well underway for the launch of NASA’s next Mars mission, InSight. But before the roar of the rocket lifting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., has subsided, a NASA team will be hard at work preparing for the lander’s eventual plunge through the Martian atmosphere. Experts from NASA’s…

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