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NASA delays next-generation space telescope until 2020

Posted March 30, 2018 by Marcia Dunn

NASA is delaying the launch of its next-generation space telescope -- its highest science priority -- until at least 2020. Top officials said March 27 that more time is needed to assemble and test the James Webb Space Telescope, which is considered a successor to the long-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope.

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New station astronauts march into spacewalk preparations

Posted March 26, 2018 by

Three new Expedition 55 crew members are beginning their first full workweek aboard the International Space Station. They and the rest of the crew are getting ready for a spacewalk on March 29 and next week’s arrival of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft.

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SECAF: Accelerating defendable space, multi-domain operations key to future readiness

Posted March 23, 2018 by

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee about the Air Force’s fiscal year 2019 budget March 20, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

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A view from a launch

Posted March 23, 2018 by

NASA photograph by Joel Kowsky The Soyuz MS-08 rocket launched with Expedition 55 Soyuz Commander Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos and astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel of NASA, March 21, 2018, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Artemyev, Arnold and Feustel will spend the next five months living and working aboard the International Space Station….

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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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Soyuz rocket tolls out at T-minus two days to launch

Posted March 21, 2018 by

NASA photograph The Soyuz rocket is raised into a vertical position on the launch pad, Monday, March 19, 2018, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. A pair of U.S. astronauts and one Russian cosmonaut are just two days away from launching on a 50-hour, 34-orbit flight to the International Space Station. Flight Engineers Ricky Arnold…

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Air Force reaches to the STTARS in support of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope mission

Posted March 16, 2018 by Bryan Ripple

Air Force photograph by Chris Gunn The Space Telescope Transporter for Air, Road and Sea (STTARS), a specially designed shipping container that held the optical telescope and integrated science instrument module (OTIS) of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, is unloaded from a specially-modified C-5 Charlie aircraft at Los Angeles International Airport Feb. 2, 2018. The…

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NASA’s James Webb Observatory prepares for additional testing

Posted March 16, 2018 by

NASA photograph by Chris Gunn Engineers lift the combined optics and science instruments of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope after removing it from the Space Telescope Transporter for Air, Road and Sea (STTARS) at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, Calif., on March 8, 2018. Webb’s science payload and spacecraft (which includes the sunshield that is…

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Travis delivers NASA InSight Spacecraft

Posted March 9, 2018 by Senior Airman Amber Carter

Airmen from the 21st Airlift Squadron and the 860th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., loaded and transported the NASA InSight Spacecraft Feb. 28, from Lockheed Martin Space, Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., aboard the C-17 Globemaster III.

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NASA team outfits Orion for abort test with lean approach

Posted March 7, 2018 by

With the arrival of the Orion crew module to be used in the Ascent Abort-2 test at Johnson Space Center in Houston, the team is already at work with a lean, iterative development approach to minimize cost and ensure the flight test stays on schedule.

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