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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’s Mars 2020 mission performs first supersonic parachute test

Posted November 17, 2017 by

Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will rely on a special parachute to slow the spacecraft down as it enters the Martian atmosphere at over 12,000 mph (5.4 kilometers per second). Preparations for this mission have provided,…

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920th RQW Airmen prepare for human spaceflight

Posted October 31, 2018 by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan

Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing revalidate their response time in the event of a catastrophic, life-threatening occurrence within the capsule of a human space flight launch, Oct. 25, 2018, at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. This exercise marked the first time that the Department of Defense, NASA…

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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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Teachers learn about rocks from outer space

Posted November 6, 2015 by Leslie Williams

A Lunar and Meteorite Disk Certification educator workshop was recently held at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center's Office of Education’s Resource Center located at the AERO Institute in Palmdale, Calif.

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Orion spacecraft recovery rehearsal underway

Posted January 22, 2018 by

NASA’s new deep space exploration systems will send crew 40,000 miles beyond the Moon, and return them safely home.

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Russian space station cargo ship launch, docking to air on NASA TV

Posted March 25, 2016 by

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the launch and docking of an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft, Progress 63P, to resupply the International Space Station. Launch of the spacecraft carrying three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the Expedition 47 crew is scheduled for 12:23 p.m., EDT, March 31, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in…

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EchoStar III satellite recovered, retired

Posted September 8, 2017 by

EchoStar Corporation and Lockheed Martin announced Sept. 6 that the EchoStar III satellite has been successfully recovered following an anomaly that occurred in late July and retired per the FCC regulations. “After the initial loss of contact, with a joint effort by EchoStar and Lockheed Martin, a command and control link was reestablished and deorbit…

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Former astronaut Owen Garriott dies, flew on Skylab station

Posted April 19, 2019 by Marcia Dunn

NASA photograph Scientist-Astronaut Owen K. Garriott, science pilot of the Skylab 3 mission, is stationed at the Apollo Telescope Mount (ATM) console in the Multiple Docking Adapter of the Skylab space station in Earth orbit. From this console the astronauts actively control the ATM solar physics telescope. Former astronaut Owen Garriott, who flew on America’s…

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NASA seeks student experiments for edge-of-space balloon flight

Posted October 26, 2015 by

NASA is accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate university students to fly their science and technology experiments to the edge of space on a scientific balloon mission.

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