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Alan Bean, Apollo moonwalker and artist, dies at 86

Posted May 30, 2018 by

  Astronaut Alan Bean, a member of Nasa’s Apollo 12 mission, died May 26 at the age of 86. Bean was lunar module pilot on the November 1969 Apollo 12 mission, the second moon landing and he was the fourth person to walk on the lunar surface.  He and mission commander Pete Conrad explored on…

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NASA, ULA launch Parker Solar Probe on historic journey to touch sun

Posted August 13, 2018 by

Hours before the rise of the very star it will study, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched from Florida Aug. 12 to begin its journey to the Sun, where it will undertake a landmark mission.

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NASA awards VCLS contracts for CubeSat satellites

Posted October 15, 2015 by

NASA’s Launch Services Program has awarded multiple Venture Class Launch Services contracts to provide small satellites (SmallSats) — also called CubeSats, microsats or nanosatellites — access to low-Earth orbit.  The three companies selected to provide these new commercial launch capabilities, and the value of their firm fixed-price contracts, are: * Firefly Space Systems Inc. of…

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NASA reaches new heights in 2015

Posted December 28, 2015 by

In 2015, NASA explored the expanse of our solar system and beyond, and the complex processes of our home planet, while also advancing the technologies for our journey to Mars, and new aviation systems as the agency reached new milestones aboard the International Space Station. “It was a fantastic year that brought us even closer…

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NASA to attach, test first expandable habitat on ISS

Posted April 13, 2016 by

The first human-rated expandable structure that may help inform the design of deep space habitats is set to be installed to the International Space Station April 16.

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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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Navy’s MUOS-5 satellite reaches orbit

Posted November 4, 2016 by

The Navy’s fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite has reached operational orbit and has successfully deployed its arrays and antennas. On Oct. 22, the MUOS team raised the MUOS-5 satellite to an operationally-suitable orbit. The team completed a series of deployments of the satellite’s solar arrays and antennas, with the last occurring successfully Oct….

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Two new crew members arrive at ISS

Posted April 21, 2017 by

After a six-hour flight, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos arrived at the International Space Station at 9:18 a.m., EDT, April 20 where they will continue important scientific research. The two launched aboard a Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:13 a.m., orbited…

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NASA selects proposals to study galaxies, stars, planets

Posted August 11, 2017 by

NASA has selected six astrophysics Explorers Program proposals for concept studies.

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Vandenberg Launches a Minotaur-C Rocket

Posted November 1, 2017 by

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Clayton Wear The Orbital ATK Minotaur-C rocket, carrying 10 small satellites owned by Planet, launched from Space Launch Complex 576-E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 31, at 2:37 p.m., PDT. The Orbital ATK Minotaur-C rocket, carrying 10 small satellites owned by Planet, launched from Space Launch…

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