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Three ISS crewmates safely return to Earth

Posted September 6, 2017 by

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who set multiple U.S. space records during her mission aboard the International Space Station, along with crewmates Jack Fischer of NASA and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, safely landed on Earth at 9:21 p.m., EDT, Sept. 2, southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

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NASA awards launch services contract for Mars 2020 Rover mission

Posted August 26, 2016 by

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colo., to provide launch services for a mission that will address high-priority science goals for the agency’s Journey to Mars.

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SpaceX Flacon 9 Launches from Vandenberg

Posted August 25, 2017 by

The FORMOSAT-5 satellite was launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4 at Vandeberg Air Force Base, Calif., Aug. 24, at 11:51 a.m., PDT. Col. Gregory E. Wood, 30th Space Wing vice commander, was the launch safety authority. “The 30th Space Wing takes great pride in supporting another successful SpaceX launch,” said…

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SpaceX: Rocket for moon, Mars and NY-to-Shanghai in 39 mins

Posted October 2, 2017 by Marcia Dunn

SpaceX chief Elon Musk's elaborate plan for a mega-rocket to carry astronauts to Mars may have some down-to-Earth applications.

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EchoStar III satellite recovered, retired

Posted September 8, 2017 by

EchoStar Corporation and Lockheed Martin announced Sept. 6 that the EchoStar III satellite has been successfully recovered following an anomaly that occurred in late July and retired per the FCC regulations. “After the initial loss of contact, with a joint effort by EchoStar and Lockheed Martin, a command and control link was reestablished and deorbit…

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General Dynamics completes next step in integration of NASA’s new SGSS command, control infrastructure

Posted November 11, 2015 by

A General Dynamics-led team successfully completed, on-schedule, the next phase of the implementation, integration and test of the NASA Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment program, Increment A4. This increment includes the ground antenna and associated control systems that are housed in a Space Network Operations Center. The team also completed an end-to-end demonstration of the…

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Another batch of Iridium satellites launched

Posted April 4, 2018 by Peter W. Merlin

Shortly after sunrise on March 30, a Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying 10 more satellites for the Iridium NEXT communications system.

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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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NASA twins study confirms preliminary findings

Posted February 2, 2018 by

The Twin Study propelled NASA into the genomics era of space travel. It was a ground-breaking study comparing what happened to astronaut Scott Kelly, in space, to his identical twin brother, Mark, who remained on Earth. The perfect nature versus nurture study was born.

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Lockheed Martin delivers NOAA’s GOES-R weather satellite to launch site

Posted August 24, 2016 by

NOAA’s newest weather satellite, GOES-R, left its Colorado home where it was built and is now in Florida where it will undergo preparations for a Nov. 4 launch.

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