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CubeSats deployed from International Space Station

Posted May 20, 2016 by

NASA photograph CubeSats fly free after leaving the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer on the International Space Station on May 17, 2016. Seen here are two Dove satellites. The satellites are part of a constellation designed, built and operated by Planet Labs Inc. to take images of Earth from space. The images have several humanitarian and environmental…

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Sunrise flight to space station

Posted November 17, 2017 by

NASA photograph Orbital ATK’s Cygnus resupply ship with its cymbal-ike UltraFlex solar arrays approaches the International Space Station’s robotic arm Canadarm2 as both spacecraft fly into an orbital sunrise on Nov. 14, 2017. The cargo craft carried almost 7,400 pounds of crew supplies, science experiments, spacewalk gear, station hardware and computer parts. New research will…

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Pentagon defends use of Russian engines to launch satellites

Posted January 29, 2016 by Richard Lardner

Senior Pentagon officials Jan. 27 sought to defend the use of Russian-made rocket engines to send U.S. military satellites into space, telling exasperated lawmakers they are moving quickly to end the practice and rely on American-made rockets for the launches. But Air Force Secretary Deborah James and Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall failed to stem…

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NASA delivers detectors for ESA’s Euclid spacecraft

Posted May 10, 2017 by

Three detector systems for the Euclid mission, led by ESA (European Space Agency), have been delivered to Europe for the spacecraft's near-infrared instrument.

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New station astronauts march into spacewalk preparations

Posted March 26, 2018 by

Three new Expedition 55 crew members are beginning their first full workweek aboard the International Space Station. They and the rest of the crew are getting ready for a spacewalk on March 29 and next week’s arrival of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft.

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NASA’s Space Launch System engine testing heats up

Posted May 26, 2017 by

NASA engineers successfully conducted the second in a series of RS-25 flight controller tests on May 23, 2017, stepping closer to deep-space exploration with the world’s most-powerful rocket. The test was set after a facility issue, subsequently resolved, forced rescheduling of a May 16 hot fire. The 500-second – more than eight full minutes –…

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Two NASA astronauts inducted into U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

Posted May 23, 2017 by

NASA photograph Ellen Ochoa Two veteran NASA astronauts joined the ranks of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame May 19. 2017. Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman to travel to space and current director of the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, and Michael Foale, the only U.S. astronaut to serve on both the International…

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ULA launches electronic eavesdropping satellite for NRO

Posted October 6, 2017 by Peter W. Merlin

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lofted a classified intelligence-gathering payload into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office late Sept. 23.

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America’s premier space wing completes SBIRS baseline constellation

Posted February 2, 2018 by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul

“Nobody does what we do; other organizations and nations perform missile warning to some degree, but only the 460th Operations Group does so on a global scale every second of every single day,” said Capt. Ryan Griggs, 2nd Space Warning Squadron assistant director of operations at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. It’s no secret that…

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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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