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Virgin Galactic wins NASA contract to launch satellites on LauncherOne

Posted October 15, 2015 by

NASA announced Oct. 14 that it has awarded commercial spaceline Virgin Galactic a $4.7 million contract for the launch of more than a dozen cutting-edge experimental satellites.

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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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Voyager 1 fires up thrusters after 37 years

Posted December 8, 2017 by

If you tried to start a car that's been sitting in a garage for decades, you might not expect the engine to respond. But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up Nov. 29, 2017, after 37 years without use.

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SpaceX launches rocket 6 months after accident, then lands

Posted December 23, 2015 by Marcia Dunn

SpaceX sent a Falcon rocket soaring toward orbit Dec. 21 with 11 small satellites, its first mission since an accident last summer. Then in an even more astounding feat, it landed the 15-story leftover booster back on Earth safely.

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Daily views of Earth available on new NASA website

Posted October 19, 2015 by

NASA launched a new website Monday so the world can see images of the full, sunlit side of the Earth every day. The images are taken by a NASA camera one million miles away on the Deep Space Climate Observatory, a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Air Force….

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NASA orders second SpaceX crew mission to ISS

Posted August 1, 2016 by

NASA took another important step July 29 in returning U.S. astronaut launches from U.S. soil with the order of a second post-certification mission from commercial provider SpaceX in Hawthorne, Calif. Commercial crew flights from Florida’s Space Coast to the International Space Station will restore America’s human spaceflight launch capability and increase the time U.S. crews…

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Boeing unveils deep space concepts for moon, Mars exploration

Posted April 5, 2017 by

On April 3, Boeing unveiled concepts for the deep space gateway and transport systems that could help achieve NASA’s goal of having robust human space exploration from the Moon to Mars.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne completes Centennial AJ60 solid rocket booster

Posted November 30, 2015 by

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc., announced Nov. 30 it has completed its 100th deliverable Solid Rocket Booster, AJ60, for United Launch Alliance in support of the Atlas V launch vehicle program. “This is a tremendous milestone – not just for Aerojet Rocketdyne but for our team of engineers and production personnel…

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In Gulf of Mexico, NASA evaluates how crew will exit Orion

Posted July 17, 2017 by

When astronauts return to Earth from destinations beyond the moon in NASA’s Orion spacecraft and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, they’ll still need to safely get out of the spacecraft and back on dry land.

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NASA’s Dragonfly Project demonstrates robotic satellite assembly

Posted September 15, 2017 by

A revolutionary NASA Technology Demonstration Mission project called Dragonfly, designed to enable robotic self-assembly of satellites in Earth orbit, has successfully completed its first major ground demonstration.

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