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NASA calls off next Mars mission; no time to fix leaky seal

Posted December 28, 2015 by Mike Schneider

NASA is calling off its next mission to Mars because there isn’t enough time to fix a leaky seal on a key science instrument. The InSight spacecraft was set for launch in March. The problem is with a protective pouch around the lander’s seismometer, which was designed to measure ground movement on the red planet….

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NASA reaches new heights in 2015

Posted December 28, 2015 by

In 2015, NASA explored the expanse of our solar system and beyond, and the complex processes of our home planet, while also advancing the technologies for our journey to Mars, and new aviation systems as the agency reached new milestones aboard the International Space Station. “It was a fantastic year that brought us even closer…

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SpaceX launches rocket 6 months after accident, then lands

Posted December 23, 2015 by Marcia Dunn

SpaceX sent a Falcon rocket soaring toward orbit Dec. 21 with 11 small satellites, its first mission since an accident last summer. Then in an even more astounding feat, it landed the 15-story leftover booster back on Earth safely.

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Astronaut Scott Kelly on a spacewalk

Posted December 23, 2015 by

NASA photograph Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly on a Dec. 21, 2015, spacewalk, in which Kelly and Flight Engineer Tim Kopra successfully moved the International Space Station’s mobile transporter rail car ahead of Wednesday’s docking of a Russian cargo supply spacecraft. After quickly completing their primary objective for the spacewalk, Kelly and Kopra tackled several…

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45th SW launches ORBCOMM, lands first stage booster

Posted December 23, 2015 by

The 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., successfully supported the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket during its mission to put ORBCOMM’s OG2 communications satellites into orbit Dec. 21.  Nine minutes following the launch was the first-ever successful landing of the Falcon 9’s first stage booster at Landing Zone 1, formerly…

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NASA orders second Boeing crew mission to ISS

Posted December 21, 2015 by

NASA took an important step Dec. 18 to establish regular crew missions that will launch from the United States to the International Space Station with the order of its second post-certification mission from Boeing Space Exploration of Houston.

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Next stop: Mars

Posted December 18, 2015 by

On Dec. 16, Lockheed Martin delivered NASA’s InSight spacecraft to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The lander will now undergo final processing in preparation for a March launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket.

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Future batteries could charge in 30 seconds

Posted December 18, 2015 by

Future cell phones and other electronics could have batteries that charge in less than a minute. This new capability will be in part thanks to a space experiment using hard, flexible material as a clean power source.

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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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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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