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SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station

Posted December 10, 2018 by Marcia Dunn

A SpaceX delivery full of Christmas goodies arrived at the International Space Station Dec. 8, following a slight delay caused by a communication drop-out. The Dragon capsule pulled up at the orbiting lab three days after launching from Cape Canaveral. Commander Alexander Gerst used the space station’s big robotic arm to grab the cargo carrier,…

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NASA Astronaut Anne McClain, crewmates arrive aboard ISS

Posted December 7, 2018 by

Three crew members are adjusting to life on the International Space Station after a successful launch and docking of their Russian Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft Monday. The Soyuz carrying Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, and Oleg Konenenko of Roscosmos launched at 6:31 a.m., EST, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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Next U.S. moon landing will be by private companies, not NASA

Posted December 3, 2018 by Marcia Dunn

America’s next moon landing will be made by private companies — not NASA. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Nov. 29 that nine U.S. companies will compete to deliver experiments to the lunar surface. The space agency will buy the service and let private industry work out the details on getting there, he said. The goal…

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Lockheed Martin selected for NASA’s commercial lunar lander payload services contract

Posted November 30, 2018 by

Lockheed Martin will apply its expertise in interplanetary spacecraft to a new program designed to deliver commercial payloads to the surface of the Moon. NASA announced Nov. 29 they have selected Lockheed Martin's McCandless Lunar Lander to provide payload delivery services as part of the agency's Commercial Lunar Payload Services contract.

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NASA announces new partnerships for commercial lunar payload delivery services

Posted November 30, 2018 by

Nine U.S. companies now are eligible to bid on NASA delivery services to the lunar surface through Commercial Lunar Payload Services contracts, as one of the first steps toward long-term scientific study and human exploration of the Moon and eventually Mars. These companies will be able to bid on delivering science and technology payloads for…

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NASA InSight lander arrives on Martian surface to learn what lies beneath

Posted November 26, 2018 by

Mars has just received its newest robotic resident. NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an almost seven-month, 300-million-mile journey from Earth. InSight’s two-year mission will be to study the deep interior of Mars to learn how all celestial bodies with rocky…

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NASA brings Mars landing, first in six years, to viewers everywhere Nov. 26

Posted November 21, 2018 by

NASA's Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander is scheduled to touch down on the Red Planet at approximately 3 p.m., EST, Nov. 26, and viewers everywhere can watch coverage of the event live on NASA Television, the agency's website and social media platforms.

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20 years ago, construction began on ISS

Posted November 21, 2018 by

The largest and most complex international construction project in space began on the steppes of Kazakhstan 20 years ago Nov. 20. Atop its Proton rocket, on Nov. 20, 1998, the Zarya Functional Cargo Block thundered off its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome into cold wintry skies. Zarya was built by the Khrunichev in Moscow and served as a temporary control module for the nascent ISS.

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Crew unpacking new U.S., Russian cargo ships on station’s 20th anniversary

Posted November 21, 2018 by

NASA photograph Backdropped against a blanket of heavy cloud cover, the Russian-built FGB, also called Zarya, nears the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the U.S.-built Node 1, also called Unity (foreground). Inside Endeavour’s cabin, the STS-88 crew readies the Remote Manipulator System (RMS) for Zarya capture as they await the carefully choreographed dance of the rendezvous….

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NASA announces landing site for Mars 2020 Rover

Posted November 19, 2018 by

NASA has chosen Jezero Crater as the landing site for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission after a five year search, during which every available detail of more than 60 candidate locations on the Red Planet was scrutinized and debated by the mission team and the planetary science community.

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