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Trump signs NASA funding bill, ponders sending Congress to space

Posted March 22, 2017 by Darlene Superville

President Donald Trump signed legislation March 21 adding human exploration of Mars to NASA’s mission. Could sending Congress into space be next? Flanked at an Oval Office bill-signing ceremony by astronauts and lawmakers, Trump observed that being an astronaut is a “pretty tough job.” He said he wasn’t sure he’d want it and, among lawmakers…

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NASA establishes contact with STEREO mission

Posted August 22, 2016 by

NASA image On Aug. 21, 2016, NASA reestablished contact with the sun-watching STEREO-B spacecraft, after communications were lost in October 2014. STEREO-B is one of two spacecraft of the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory mission, which over the course of their lifetime have viewed the sun from vantage points such as the ones shown here, on…

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New station astronauts march into spacewalk preparations

Posted March 26, 2018 by

Three new Expedition 55 crew members are beginning their first full workweek aboard the International Space Station. They and the rest of the crew are getting ready for a spacewalk on March 29 and next week’s arrival of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft.

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Raytheon awarded $564 million contract for Joint Polar Satellite System instruments

Posted January 29, 2016 by

Raytheon has received a $564 million contract modification award from NASA for two satellite sensors as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Joint Polar Satellite System Polar Follow-On missions. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) sensors are for two satellites in the series, Polar Follow-On /JPSS-3 and JPSS-4. These are the fourth…

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Space station marks 15 years of nonstop human presence

Posted November 4, 2015 by Marcia Dunn

Humankind marked an off-the-planet pinnacle Nov. 2: the 15th anniversary of continuous residency at the International Space Station. NASA and its global partners celebrated the milestone, as did the six astronauts on board. The U.S., Russian and Japanese spacemen planned a special dinner 250 miles up.

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Dragon bolted to station’s Harmony Module

Posted April 4, 2018 by

Two days after its launch from Florida, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was installed on the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 9 a.m., EDT, April 4.

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NASA’s Randy Bresnik, crewmates arrive at ISS

Posted July 31, 2017 by

After a six-hour spaceflight, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency) arrived at the International Space Station at 5:54 p.m., EDT, July 28 to continue important scientific research in the orbiting laboratory.

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Veteran astronauts retire from NASA

Posted January 11, 2017 by

NASA photograph Michael E. Fossum Two astronauts with a combined tenure of almost 50 years in the astronaut corps have retired from NASA. Mike Baker and Mike Fossum both left the agency on Jan. 7 to join private industry. Fossum first came to NASA as part of a U.S. Air Force detail to support the…

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NASA twins study confirms preliminary findings

Posted February 2, 2018 by

The Twin Study propelled NASA into the genomics era of space travel. It was a ground-breaking study comparing what happened to astronaut Scott Kelly, in space, to his identical twin brother, Mark, who remained on Earth. The perfect nature versus nurture study was born.

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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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