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Space station marks 15 years of nonstop human presence

Posted November 4, 2015 by Marcia Dunn

Humankind marked an off-the-planet pinnacle Nov. 2: the 15th anniversary of continuous residency at the International Space Station. NASA and its global partners celebrated the milestone, as did the six astronauts on board. The U.S., Russian and Japanese spacemen planned a special dinner 250 miles up.

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Record number of Americans apply to #BeAnAstronaut at NASA

Posted February 19, 2016 by

More than 18,300 people applied to join NASA’s 2017 astronaut class, almost three times the number of applications received in 2012 for the most recent astronaut class, and far surpassing the previous record of 8,000 in 1978.

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NASA’s CloudSat/CALIPSO satellites celebrate 10 years on orbit

Posted June 8, 2016 by

Ten years ago June 7 the first images were returned from the CALIPSO and CloudSat atmospheric aerosol LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) and cloud-profiling radar missions following their joint launch on April 28, 2006. The satellites joined the A-Train, a coordinated group of international satellites providing simultaneous observation data used by scientists to advance knowledge…

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NASA’s record-breaking astronaut, crewmates safely return to Earth

Posted September 7, 2016 by

NASA astronaut and Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams returned to Earth Sept. 6 after his U.S. record-breaking mission aboard the International Space Station.

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SMC’s ninth WGS satellite arrives in Florida for launch

Posted January 11, 2017 by

The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center-sponsored ninth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft arrived today at Titusville-Cocoa Airport, Fla.

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NASA names Patrick Forrester new chief of Astronaut Office

Posted June 2, 2017 by

NASA’s Director of Flight Operations Brian Kelly has selected Texas native Patrick Forrester as the chief of the Astronaut Office. Forrester replaces U.S. Navy Capt. Christopher Cassidy, who has held the position since July 2015. Cassidy will return to the astronaut corps and resume his candidacy for flight assignment. “Chris is an American hero,” Kelly…

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45th SW launches 5th OTV mission

Posted September 8, 2017 by

The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle Sept. 7, 2017, from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida.  Approximately eight minutes after the launch, SpaceX successfully landed the Falcon 9 first-stage booster at Landing Zone 1 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, the 45th SW…

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Voyager 1 fires up thrusters after 37 years

Posted December 8, 2017 by

If you tried to start a car that's been sitting in a garage for decades, you might not expect the engine to respond. But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up Nov. 29, 2017, after 37 years without use.

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NASA offers licenses of patented technologies to start-up companies

Posted October 7, 2015 by

NASA is unveiling a new opportunity for start-up companies to license patented NASA technology with no up-front payment. The Startup NASA initiative addresses two common problems start-ups face: raising capital and securing intellectual property rights. Aimed at encouraging the growth of high-tech businesses and advancing American innovation, NASA’s Technology Transfer Program within the Office of…

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NASA cargo launches to ISS aboard Orbital ATK resupply mission

Posted December 7, 2015 by

New hardware that will support dozens of NASA investigations and other science experiments from around the world is among the more than 7,000 pounds of cargo on the way to the International Space Station aboard Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft.

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