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Old data, new tricks: Fresh results from NASA’s Galileo spacecraft 20 years on

Posted April 30, 2018 by

Far across the solar system, from where Earth appears merely as a pale blue dot, NASA’s Galileo spacecraft spent eight years orbiting Jupiter. During that time, the hearty spacecraft — slightly larger than a full-grown giraffe — sent back spates of discoveries on the gas giant’s moons

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Astronaut Rick Mastracchio departs NASA

Posted June 24, 2017 by

Veteran NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio has retired from NASA; his last day with the agency was June 16. “Rick is a classmate and a friend and he has done great work for NASA, both in space and on the ground,” said Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester, who was selected as an astronaut in the same class…

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NASA small satellites set to take a fresh look at Earth

Posted November 7, 2016 by

Photograph courtesy of MIT Lincoln Laboratory TROPICS, a new NASA Earth-observing mission announced this year, will study the insides of hurricanes with a constellation of 12 CubeSats. Beginning this month, NASA is launching a suite of six next-generation, Earth-observing small satellite missions to demonstrate innovative new approaches for studying our changing planet. These small satellites…

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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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Be an astronaut: NASA accepting applications for future explorers

Posted December 14, 2015 by

Recently named the best place to work in the federal government for the fourth year in a row, NASA is looking for the best candidates to work in the best job on or off the planet. The astronaut candidate application website now is live and accepting submissions through Feb. 18. Qualifying U.S. citizens may apply…

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Virgin Galactic appoints Kelly Latimer as pilot

Posted November 9, 2015 by

MOJAVE, Calif.–Virgin Galactic, the privately funded space company owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments PJS, has announce the appointment of its newest pilot, retired Ari Force Lt. Col. Kelly Latimer. A former combat veteran and retired, Latimer joins Virgin Galactic with extensive experience with heavy aircraft and as an…

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NASA licenses SmallSat technology to Thermal Management Technologies

Posted August 8, 2018 by

A conversation at last year’s Small Satellite Conference in Utah led to the Strategic Partnerships Office at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., signing a non-exclusive license agreement with Thermal Management Technologies of North Logan, Utah. “We chatted a bit about a couple of NASA technologies that complemented some small satellite structures TMT…

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Scientists finally know what time it is on Saturn

Posted January 21, 2019 by

Using new data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, researchers believe they have solved a longstanding mystery of solar system science: the length of a day on Saturn. It's 10 hours, 33 minutes and 38 seconds.

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NASA orders SpaceX crew mission to space station

Posted November 23, 2015 by

NASA took a significant step Nov. 20 toward expanding research opportunities aboard the International Space Station with its first mission order from Hawthorne, California based-company SpaceX to launch astronauts from U.S. soil.

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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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