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Astronaut Bruce McCandless II dies at 80

Posted December 28, 2017 by

Former NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless II, mission specialist on the STS-41B and STS-31 missions, died Dec. 21, 2017, at the age of 80. McCandless is perhaps best remembered as the subject of a famous NASA photograph flying alongside the space shuttle in the Manned Maneuvering Unit — the first astronaut to fly untethered from his…

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NASA awards contract to increase water recovery on ISS

Posted June 29, 2016 by

NASA has selected Paragon Space Development Corporation, a small business headquartered in Tucson, Ariz., to develop a system that will increase the rate of water recovery from the urine of astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The contract is valued at $5.1 million for the delivery of one Brine Processor Assembly, and is sponsored by…

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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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CubeSats deployed from International Space Station

Posted May 20, 2016 by

NASA photograph CubeSats fly free after leaving the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer on the International Space Station on May 17, 2016. Seen here are two Dove satellites. The satellites are part of a constellation designed, built and operated by Planet Labs Inc. to take images of Earth from space. The images have several humanitarian and environmental…

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NASA contract extends Lockheed Martin-built IRIS space observatory for deeper look at sun

Posted September 19, 2016 by

Delivering the most detailed images of the sun's lower atmosphere ever recorded from space, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, built and operated by Lockheed Martin for NASA, has received more time to deliver groundbreaking space science.

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Orbital ATK’s S.S. Gene Cernan to deliver supplies to ISS

Posted November 6, 2017 by

NASA photograph EcAMSAT, undergoes thermal vacuum power management testing at NASA Ames. The test simulates the thermal vacuum and power environment of space and is an element of the spacecraft’s flight validation testing program. Orbital ATK will launch its Cygnus spacecraft into orbit to the International Space Station, targeted for Nov. 11, 2017, from Wallops…

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Falcon 9 scheduled to launch from Vandenberg

Posted June 16, 2017 by

The Iridium NEXT satellite is scheduled to launch at1:25 p.m., June 25, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The launch will take place at Space Launch Complex-4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. This will be the first launch for Col. Michael S. Hough, 30th Space Wing commander, who took command on June 9th. “I’m…

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NASA targets May 2018 launch of Mars InSight mission

Posted March 9, 2016 by

NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to study the deep interior of Mars is targeting a new launch window that begins May 5, 2018, with a Mars landing scheduled for Nov. 26, 2018.

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Record-breaking NASA astronaut sets new milestone for time in space

Posted April 24, 2017 by

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson flew through the standing record for cumulative time spent in space by a U.S. astronaut at 1:27 a.m., EDT, April 24, and with the recent extension of her stay at the International Space Station, she has five months to rack up a new one.

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NASA cargo launches to ISS aboard Orbital ATK resupply mission

Posted December 7, 2015 by

New hardware that will support dozens of NASA investigations and other science experiments from around the world is among the more than 7,000 pounds of cargo on the way to the International Space Station aboard Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft.

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