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Next U.S. moon landing will be by private companies, not NASA

Posted December 3, 2018 by Marcia Dunn

America’s next moon landing will be made by private companies — not NASA. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Nov. 29 that nine U.S. companies will compete to deliver experiments to the lunar surface. The space agency will buy the service and let private industry work out the details on getting there, he said. The goal…

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NASA astronaut Nick Hague set for new station mission after abort

Posted March 8, 2019 by

NASA photographs NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Hammock Koch and Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos are scheduled to launch March 14, 2019, from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a mission to the International Space Station as members of Expeditions 59 and 60. NASA astronaut Nick Hague, who was forced to…

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NASA instruments head to Germany for alternative fuels research

Posted October 16, 2015 by

NASA's ongoing research into the environmental effects of burning alternative fuels in jet engines picked up some fresh international flavor as it continued this fall in Germany.

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NASA calls off next Mars mission; no time to fix leaky seal

Posted December 28, 2015 by Mike Schneider

NASA is calling off its next mission to Mars because there isn’t enough time to fix a leaky seal on a key science instrument. The InSight spacecraft was set for launch in March. The problem is with a protective pouch around the lander’s seismometer, which was designed to measure ground movement on the red planet….

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Hyten announces Space Enterprise Vision

Posted April 15, 2016 by

Gen. John Hyten, the commander of Air Force Space Command, announced the command’s Space Enterprise Vision April 12 at Peterson Air Force Base. The SEV is the result of an AFSPC-commissioned study that looked at how to make the nation’s national security space enterprise more resilient. The August 2015 SEV study addressed the findings of…

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NASA successfully launches student experiments from Wallops

Posted August 17, 2016 by

NASA successfully launched the RockSat-X education payload on a Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket at 7:33:30 a.m., EDT, Aug. 17 from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.  Participants included students from eight community colleges and universities from across the United States.  The payload carrying the experiments flew to an altitude of 95 miles.  Data was…

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NASA small satellites set to take a fresh look at Earth

Posted November 7, 2016 by

Photograph courtesy of MIT Lincoln Laboratory TROPICS, a new NASA Earth-observing mission announced this year, will study the insides of hurricanes with a constellation of 12 CubeSats. Beginning this month, NASA is launching a suite of six next-generation, Earth-observing small satellite missions to demonstrate innovative new approaches for studying our changing planet. These small satellites…

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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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Dragon installed to station for month of cargo swaps

Posted August 16, 2017 by

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was berthed to the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 9:07 a.m., EDT, Aug. 16. The hatch between the newly arrived spacecraft and the Harmony module of the space station is scheduled to be opened as soon as later today. CRS-12 is scheduled to deliver more than 6,400 pounds…

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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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