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July 20, 1969: One giant leap for mankind

Posted July 21, 2017 by

July 1969. It's a little over eight years since the flights of Gagarin and Shepard, followed quickly by President Kennedy's challenge to put a man on the moon before the decade is out.

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In Gulf of Mexico, NASA evaluates how crew will exit Orion

Posted July 17, 2017 by

When astronauts return to Earth from destinations beyond the moon in NASA’s Orion spacecraft and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, they’ll still need to safely get out of the spacecraft and back on dry land.

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SpaceX’s latest activities

Posted June 27, 2017 by

BulgariaSat-1 launched into orbit On June 23, 2017, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched the BulgariaSat-1 satellite into orbit — the first geostationary communications satellite in Bulgaria’s history. This mission marked the second reflight of a Falcon 9 first stage, having previously supported the Iridium-1 mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in January of this…

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Astronaut Rick Mastracchio departs NASA

Posted June 24, 2017 by

Veteran NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio has retired from NASA; his last day with the agency was June 16. “Rick is a classmate and a friend and he has done great work for NASA, both in space and on the ground,” said Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester, who was selected as an astronaut in the same class…

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NASA, French Space Agency express commitment to joint exploration

Posted June 19, 2017 by

ESA photograph by Philippe Sebirot NASA acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot and Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of France’s space agency Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, conclude the signing of a cooperative agreement with a handshake June 19, 2017, at the 52nd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget. Astronaut Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) and…

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Falcon 9 scheduled to launch from Vandenberg

Posted June 16, 2017 by

The Iridium NEXT satellite is scheduled to launch at1:25 p.m., June 25, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The launch will take place at Space Launch Complex-4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. This will be the first launch for Col. Michael S. Hough, 30th Space Wing commander, who took command on June 9th. “I’m…

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New window improves view of science on orbiting lab

Posted June 14, 2017 by

NASA photograph The engineering model of the Microgravity Science Glovebox at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, which manages the facility, with the front window removed, showing the space and access available inside. One of the busiest work stations on the International Space Station got a major upgrade recently, and it already has saved dozens of…

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SOFIA finds cool dust around energetic active black holes

Posted June 14, 2017 by

Researchers at the University of Texas San Antonio using observations from NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, found that the dust surrounding active, ravenous black holes is much more compact than previously thought.

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Russian rocket launches on two-day cargo delivery to ISS

Posted June 14, 2017 by

Carrying more than three tons of food, fuel, and supplies for the International Space Station crew, the unpiloted ISS Progress 67 cargo craft launched at 5:20 a.m., EDT, June 13from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. At the time of launch, the International Space Station was flying about 258 miles over the south Atlantic southeast of…

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NASA’s newest astronaut recruits to conduct research for Earth, deep space missions

Posted June 9, 2017 by

After receiving a record-breaking number of applications to join an exciting future of space exploration, NASA has selected its largest astronaut class since 2000.

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