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NASA prepares to launch first U.S. asteroid sample return mission

Posted August 19, 2016 by

NASA image OSIRIS-REx will travel to near-Earth asteroid Benn on a sample return mission. NASA is preparing to launch its first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact…

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NASA successfully launches student experiments from Wallops

Posted August 17, 2016 by

NASA successfully launched the RockSat-X education payload on a Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket at 7:33:30 a.m., EDT, Aug. 17 from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.  Participants included students from eight community colleges and universities from across the United States.  The payload carrying the experiments flew to an altitude of 95 miles.  Data was…

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Falcon 9 rocket, comm satellite successfully launched

Posted August 15, 2016 by

The 45th Space Wing supported the SpaceX Falcon 9 JCSAT-16 launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 14, 2016.

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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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Countdown to Launch: WorldView-4 Earth imaging satellite arrives at Vandenberg for launch

Posted July 29, 2016 by

After a more than 250-mile road trip in a cleanroom-on-wheels, Lockheed Martin delivered DigitalGlobe’s (NYSE: DGI) WorldView-4 satellite to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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NASA’s next planet hunter will look closer to home

Posted July 27, 2016 by

As the search for life on distant planets heats up, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is bringing this hunt closer to home.

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New heart, DNA research in space benefiting health

Posted July 27, 2016 by

NASA photograph Astronaut Kate Rubins works to set up a new microscope for the Heart Cells study. New science unloaded from the latest SpaceX Dragon to visit the International Space Station is under way. The variety of new and ongoing space research is designed to benefit life on Earth and astronauts on long duration missions….

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NASA’s Hubble Telescope makes first atmospheric study of Earth-sized exoplanets

Posted July 20, 2016 by

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted the first search for atmospheres around temperate, Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system and found indications that increase the chances of habitability on two exoplanets.

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AEDC contributions to Viking ensures Mars first landing

Posted July 20, 2016 by Raquel March

Air Force photograph Extensive instrumentation required on the NASA Viking model is shown here before a test at AEDC in 1973 before final assembly. There were 68 sensors to record localized heat buildup around protrusions on the face of the Mars entry vehicle, while 13 heat and five pressure sensors were installed on the base…

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Dragon attached to station Harmony module

Posted July 20, 2016 by

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was bolted into place on the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 10:03 a.m., EDT, July 20 as the station flew about 252 statute miles over the California and Oregon border. The spacecraft is delivering nearly 5,000 pounds of science, hardware and supplies, including instruments to perform the…

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