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Navy’s MUOS-5 satellite reaches orbit

Posted November 4, 2016 by

The Navy’s fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite has reached operational orbit and has successfully deployed its arrays and antennas. On Oct. 22, the MUOS team raised the MUOS-5 satellite to an operationally-suitable orbit. The team completed a series of deployments of the satellite’s solar arrays and antennas, with the last occurring successfully Oct….

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NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins, crewmates safely return from space station

Posted October 31, 2016 by

NASA astronaut and Expedition 49 crew member Kate Rubins, who became the first person to sequence DNA in space, returned to Earth Oct. 29 after a successful mission aboard the International Space Station.

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Final sunshield layer completed for NASA’s space telescope

Posted October 31, 2016 by

The last of the five sunshield layers responsible for protecting the optics and instruments of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is now complete.

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NASA astronaut, crewmates launch to space station to continue research

Posted October 19, 2016 by

Three crew members representing the United States and Russia are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:05 a.m., EDT, Oct. 19.

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NASA space station cargo launches from Virginia on Orbital ATK resupply mission

Posted October 19, 2016 by

The crew of the International Space Station soon will be equipped to perform dozens of new scientific investigations with cargo launched Oct. 17 aboard NASA’s latest commercial resupply services mission from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft lifted off at 7:45 p.m., EDT, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0A…

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NASA shakes up Orion test article for journey to Mars

Posted October 14, 2016 by

How do you know if a spacecraft can hold up to the intense vibrations of launching atop the world’s most powerful rocket? You shake it on the world’s most powerful vibration table. Engineers at NASA Glenn’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, recently finished a series of tests on a full-size test version of Orion’s…

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Earth’s moon hit by surprising number of meteoroids

Posted October 14, 2016 by

The moon experiences a heavier bombardment by small meteoroids than models had predicted, according to new observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.

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Next space station crew set for launch, live on NASA TV

Posted October 12, 2016 by

Three crew members of Expedition 49/50 are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station at 4:05 a.m., EDT, Oct. 19 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Live launch coverage will begin at 3:15 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, along with Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko,…

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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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SMC, ULA enter into CRADA to certify Vulcan launch vehicle

Posted September 28, 2016 by

The Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with United Launch Alliance as part of the company’s effort to certify its new Vulcan launch vehicle for National Security Space missions.

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