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Northrop Grumman-built, operated planet-seeking spacecraft begins multi-year mission

Posted August 3, 2018 by

Northrop Grumman has announced that NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has successfully reached its desired stable orbit and begun science operations.

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NASA’s first mission to study interior of Mars awaits May 5 launch

Posted May 4, 2018 by

NASA image An artist’s impression of the InSight lander on Mars. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough check up since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. It is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California…

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Hypersonic test flight a success in Aussie Outback

Posted May 20, 2016 by

A successful test flight of an experimental rocket has further cemented South Australia’s place in the international space industry. Launched from the Woomera Test Range in the heart of the South Australian outback, the rocket reached an apogee of 278 kilometers, achieving the targeted speed of Mach 7.5 (seven and a half times the speed…

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NASA establishes new public-private partnerships to advance U.S. commercial space capabilities

Posted February 27, 2017 by

NASA is partnering with eight U.S. companies to advance small spacecraft and launch vehicle technologies that are on the verge of maturation and are likely to benefit both NASA and the commercial space market. These partnerships are the result of a solicitation released in August 2016 by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), titled Utilizing…

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NASA InSight lander arrives on Martian surface to learn what lies beneath

Posted November 26, 2018 by

Mars has just received its newest robotic resident. NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an almost seven-month, 300-million-mile journey from Earth. InSight’s two-year mission will be to study the deep interior of Mars to learn how all celestial bodies with rocky…

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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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New crew launches to space station to continue scientific research

Posted November 18, 2016 by

Three crew members representing the United States, Russia and France are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:20 p.m., EST, Nov. 17.

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Orion parachutes measure up in high pressure test

Posted September 15, 2017 by

NASA photograph by James Blair Orion’s three main orange and white parachutes help a representative model of the spacecraft descend through sky above Arizona, where NASA engineers tested the parachute system on Sept. 13, 2017, at the U.S. Army Proving Ground in Yuma. NASA is qualifying Orion’s parachutes for missions with astronauts. During this test,…

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NASA extends Hubble Space Telescope science operations contract

Posted June 24, 2016 by

NASA is contractually extending science operations for its Hubble Space Telescope an additional five years. The agency awarded a sole source contract extension Thursday to the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy for continued Hubble science operations support at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md. This action will extend the period of…

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Next U.S. moon landing will be by private companies, not NASA

Posted December 3, 2018 by Marcia Dunn

America’s next moon landing will be made by private companies — not NASA. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Nov. 29 that nine U.S. companies will compete to deliver experiments to the lunar surface. The space agency will buy the service and let private industry work out the details on getting there, he said. The goal…

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