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Surviving inferno of entry, descent, landing

Posted May 4, 2018 by

Anticipation is building as preparations are well underway for the launch of NASA’s next Mars mission, InSight. But before the roar of the rocket lifting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., has subsided, a NASA team will be hard at work preparing for the lander’s eventual plunge through the Martian atmosphere. Experts from NASA’s…

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Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus Spacecraft successfully concludes cargo supply mission to ISS

Posted August 1, 2018 by

NASA photograph From July 15, 2018 when Northrop Grumman’s “S.S. J.R. Thompson” Cygnus spacecraft left the International Space Station after delivering approximately 7,400 pounds of cargo to astronauts on board. The spacecraft successfully concluded its ninth cargo supply mission on July 30. Northrop Grumman has announced that its “S.S. J.R. Thompson” Cygnus™ spacecraft successfully completed…

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Northrop Grumman-built Dawn spacecraft successfully concludes historic journey

Posted November 2, 2018 by

Northrop Grumman Nov. 1 marked the successful conclusion of the company-built Dawn spacecraft’s mission to the two largest bodies in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

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NASA orders SpaceX crew mission to space station

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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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NASA announces winning concepts to further its journey to Mars

Posted March 9, 2016 by

NASA has announced the winners of two challenges to create new concepts for construction and human habitation on future space exploration missions, including the agency’s journey to Mars. The Space Suit Textile Testing and In-Situ Materials Challenges, managed for NASA by NineSigma, launched in October 2015 under the umbrella of the NASA Tournament Lab, yielded…

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NASA awards contract to increase water recovery on ISS

Posted June 29, 2016 by

NASA has selected Paragon Space Development Corporation, a small business headquartered in Tucson, Ariz., to develop a system that will increase the rate of water recovery from the urine of astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The contract is valued at $5.1 million for the delivery of one Brine Processor Assembly, and is sponsored by…

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Practicing Orion spacecraft recovery after splashdown

Posted September 23, 2016 by

NASA photograph by Radislav Sinyak A group of U.S. Navy divers, Air Force pararescuemen and Coast Guard rescue swimmers practice Orion underway recovery techniques in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on Sept. 21, 2016. The uncrewed Orion spacecraft will splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the San Diego coast…

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Trump signs NASA funding bill, ponders sending Congress to space

Posted March 22, 2017 by Darlene Superville

President Donald Trump signed legislation March 21 adding human exploration of Mars to NASA’s mission. Could sending Congress into space be next? Flanked at an Oval Office bill-signing ceremony by astronauts and lawmakers, Trump observed that being an astronaut is a “pretty tough job.” He said he wasn’t sure he’d want it and, among lawmakers…

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SOFIA finds cool dust around energetic active black holes

Posted June 14, 2017 by

Researchers at the University of Texas San Antonio using observations from NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, found that the dust surrounding active, ravenous black holes is much more compact than previously thought.

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Juno’s eighth close approach to Jupiter

Posted September 15, 2017 by

This series of enhanced-color images shows Jupiter up close and personal, as NASA’s Juno spacecraft performed its eighth flyby of the gas giant planet. The images were obtained by JunoCam.

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