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45 years ago: Launch of Skylab, America’s first space station

Posted May 16, 2018 by

NASA images Skylab Program patch (left). Illustration of the Skylab space station and its components as it would have appeared without the damage incurred at launch (middle). Composite of the three three-person crews who completed long-duration missions aboard the space station (right). Skylab was America’s first space station and first crewed research laboratory in space….

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Mars helicopter to fly on NASA’s next Red Planet Rover mission

Posted May 14, 2018 by

The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with the agency’s Mars 2020 rover mission, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet. 

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Workers walk out on strike against rocket company

Posted May 8, 2018 by

DECATUR, Al.–Workers who build and launch rockets have gone on strike in Alabama, Florida and California. Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers voted May 6 to reject a three-year contract offer from United Launch Alliance of Centennial, Colorado. The strike, which began May 7, involves about 300 workers who assemble rockets…

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InSight Mars Mission lifts off from Vandenberg AFB

Posted May 7, 2018 by

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls The NASA InSight spacecraft launches onboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket, Saturday, May 5, 2018, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to study the “inner space” of Mars: its crust, mantle and…

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NASA, ULA launch mission to study how Mars was made

Posted May 7, 2018 by

NASA’s Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission is on a 300-million-mile trip to Mars to study for the first time what lies deep beneath the surface of the Red Planet. InSight launched at 7:05 a.m., EDT, May 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. “The United States continues to…

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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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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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First Light: Fourth U.S. Air Force satellite sends first images back to earth

Posted May 2, 2018 by

The U.S. Air Force's fourth Space Based Infrared System satellite has transmitted its first images back to Earth.

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Old data, new tricks: Fresh results from NASA’s Galileo spacecraft 20 years on

Posted April 30, 2018 by

Far across the solar system, from where Earth appears merely as a pale blue dot, NASA’s Galileo spacecraft spent eight years orbiting Jupiter. During that time, the hearty spacecraft — slightly larger than a full-grown giraffe — sent back spates of discoveries on the gas giant’s moons

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NASA engineers dream big with small spacecraft

Posted April 25, 2018 by

Many of NASA's most iconic spacecraft towered over the engineers who built them: think Voyagers 1 and 2, Cassini or Galileo -- all large machines that could measure up to a school bus.

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