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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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SpaceX launches first Spanish Earth observation satellite

Posted March 2, 2018 by Peter W. Merlin

Following several delays, PAZ, Spain's first radar imaging satellite lifted off into cold, clear skies from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Feb. 22.

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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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NASA assigns crews to first test flights, missions on commercial spacecraft

Posted August 6, 2018 by

NASA introduced to the world Aug. 3 the first U.S. astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station -- an endeavor that will return astronaut launches to U.S. soil for the first time since the space shuttle’s retirement in 2011.

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AFRL, NASA partner on aerospace physiology to spin into next era of space travel

Posted November 16, 2018 by

Air Force photograph by Richard Eldridge NASA astronaut Douglas Hurley speaks with a NASA engineer just before getting into the Air Force Research Laboratory’s centrifuge. Ten astronauts participated in the testing Nov. 1 and 2 – one with Boeing and nine with NASA. It’s not often that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, hosts astronauts testing…

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NASA, SpaceX aim for March test of 1st new astronaut capsule

Posted February 8, 2019 by Marcia Dunn

NASA and SpaceX are now aiming for a March debut of the first capsule from a private company designed to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. No one will be on board for the crew Dragon’s inaugural test flight to the orbiting outpost. Officials on Jan. 6 set March 2 as the latest launch…

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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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