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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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Things are stacking up for NASA’s Mars 2020 spacecraft

Posted April 22, 2019 by

For the past few months, the clean room floor in High Bay 1 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has been covered in parts, components and test equipment for the Mars 2020 spacecraft, scheduled for launch toward the Red Planet in July of 2020.

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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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Russian space station cargo ship launch, docking to air on NASA TV

Posted March 25, 2016 by

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the launch and docking of an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft, Progress 63P, to resupply the International Space Station. Launch of the spacecraft carrying three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the Expedition 47 crew is scheduled for 12:23 p.m., EDT, March 31, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in…

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Sunset at the Viking Lander 1 site

Posted July 20, 2016 by NASA/JPL image

On July 20, 1976, at 8:12 a.m., EDT, NASA received the signal that the Viking Lander 1 successfully reached the Martian surface. This major milestone represented the first time the United States successfully landed a vehicle on the surface of Mars, collecting an overwhelming amount of data that would soon be used in future NASA…

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Atlantic storm system delays NASA resupply launch to ISS

Posted October 12, 2016 by

NASA photograph Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft arrived on Oct. 2, 2016 at the Horizontal Integration Facility at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia for mating with the Antares rocket. Cygnus is scheduled to launch on the Antares rocket at 8:03 p.m., EDT, Oct. 16, 2016, carrying about 5,100 pounds of cargo to the International Space…

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NASA announces upcoming ISS crew assignments

Posted March 29, 2017 by

Five NASA astronauts have been assigned to upcoming spaceflights. Joe Acaba, Ricky Arnold, Nick Hague, Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Shannon Walker all have begun training for missions launching later this year and throughout 2018. NASA astronaut Joe Acaba Acaba will be the first to launch, assigned to the Expedition 53 and 54 crews that already include…

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