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NASA’s Juno spacecraft in orbit around mighty Jupiter

Posted July 6, 2016 by

After an almost five-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet, NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit during a 35-minute engine burn. Confirmation that the burn had completed was received on Earth at 8:53 p.m., PDT, July 4. “Independence Day always is something to celebrate, but today we can add to America’s birthday another…

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Scientists, engineers evaluate Orion radiation protection plan

Posted September 23, 2016 by

When astronauts in Orion venture far beyond Earth into deep space, they will expand humanity’s frontier and push the boundaries of exploration.

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Rocket Lab raises $75 million in funding for scaling up production of electron rocket

Posted March 22, 2017 by

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.–Rocket Lab, a private American-New Zealand space company, announced March 21 closing a Series D financing round of $75 million. The round was led by Data Collective, with additional investment from Promus Ventures and an undisclosed investor, and with renewed participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures and K1W1. The closure of the…

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New window improves view of science on orbiting lab

Posted June 14, 2017 by

NASA photograph The engineering model of the Microgravity Science Glovebox at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, which manages the facility, with the front window removed, showing the space and access available inside. One of the busiest work stations on the International Space Station got a major upgrade recently, and it already has saved dozens of…

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20 years of continuous operations at Mars

Posted September 15, 2017 by

On Sept. 12, 1997, the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) entered an elliptical orbit around Mars, beginning a 20-year period of continuous robotic scientific exploration at the Red Planet.  After 18 months of aerobraking to circularize its orbit around the Red Planet, MGS began its science and mapping mission, during which it returned more than 240,000…

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Crew from U.S., Russia, Japan expands space population to six

Posted December 22, 2017 by

NASA’s Scott Tingle, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency joined Expedition 54 Commander Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and crewmates Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba of NASA aboard the International Space Station when the hatches between the Soyuz spacecraft and the orbiting laboratory officially opened at…

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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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Alan Bean, Apollo moonwalker and artist, dies at 86

Posted May 30, 2018 by

  Astronaut Alan Bean, a member of Nasa’s Apollo 12 mission, died May 26 at the age of 86. Bean was lunar module pilot on the November 1969 Apollo 12 mission, the second moon landing and he was the fourth person to walk on the lunar surface.  He and mission commander Pete Conrad explored on…

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NASA awards VCLS contracts for CubeSat satellites

Posted October 15, 2015 by

NASA’s Launch Services Program has awarded multiple Venture Class Launch Services contracts to provide small satellites (SmallSats) — also called CubeSats, microsats or nanosatellites — access to low-Earth orbit.  The three companies selected to provide these new commercial launch capabilities, and the value of their firm fixed-price contracts, are: * Firefly Space Systems Inc. of…

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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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