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A deep space communications hub in desert

Posted June 15, 2018 by

When NASA engineers were looking for a place to build a network of large radio antennas in the 1950s, they knew they needed somewhere quiet. They were going to build a series of antennas with huge parabolic dishes and receivers that could detect extremely faint radio signals.

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Rocket Lab successfully makes it to space

Posted May 31, 2017 by

Rocket Lab, an American-New Zealand aerospace company, broke new ground May 25 when its Electron rocket reached space at 16:23 New Zealand Time.

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Airbus delivers new ISS life support system

Posted March 21, 2018 by

Airbus photograph ACLS technology demonstrator generates oxygen and water in a closed system. Airbus has delivered the Advanced Closed Loop System, an advanced life support system to purify air and produce oxygen for the International Space Station. The system also produces water, more or less as a byproduct of the technology. ACLS was developed by…

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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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New, improved Orion Crew Module arrives at Kennedy

Posted February 3, 2016 by

The Lockheed Martin and NASA Orion team has secured the 2,700-pound Exploration Mission-1 Orion crew module into its structural assembly tool, also known as the "birdcage."

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NASA mourns passing of astronaut John Young

Posted January 9, 2018 by tomlear

Astronaut John Young began his impressive career at NASA in 1962, when he was selected from among hundreds of young pilots to join NASA's second astronaut class, known as the "New Nine."

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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope speaks for first time at Northrop Grumman

Posted October 3, 2018 by

The two super elements of the James Webb Space Telescope successfully communicated for the first time. The test was completed by Northrop Grumman in partnership with NASA.

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NASA’s Space Launch System engine testing heats up

Posted May 26, 2017 by

NASA engineers successfully conducted the second in a series of RS-25 flight controller tests on May 23, 2017, stepping closer to deep-space exploration with the world’s most-powerful rocket. The test was set after a facility issue, subsequently resolved, forced rescheduling of a May 16 hot fire. The 500-second – more than eight full minutes –…

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NASA twins study confirms preliminary findings

Posted February 2, 2018 by

The Twin Study propelled NASA into the genomics era of space travel. It was a ground-breaking study comparing what happened to astronaut Scott Kelly, in space, to his identical twin brother, Mark, who remained on Earth. The perfect nature versus nurture study was born.

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Dragon attached to station Harmony module

Posted July 20, 2016 by

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was bolted into place on the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 10:03 a.m., EDT, July 20 as the station flew about 252 statute miles over the California and Oregon border. The spacecraft is delivering nearly 5,000 pounds of science, hardware and supplies, including instruments to perform the…

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