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More delay, cost for NASA’s next-generation space telescope

Posted June 29, 2018 by Marcia Dunn

NASA’s next-generation space telescope has been delayed yet again at a staggering cost of $1 million a day. For the third time in less than a year, the space agency announced a lengthy postponement June 27 for the James Webb Space Telescope. The observatory will now fly no earlier than 2021; until last fall, it…

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Space telescope’s two halves powered for first time in one building

Posted June 22, 2018 by

Northrop Grumman has successfully powered up the two main parts of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, a significant event in the test and integration phase of the program.

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Sounding rocket takes second look at sun

Posted June 20, 2018 by

As the principal investigator for the Extreme Ultraviolet Variability Experiment, or EVE, instrument aboard NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, Tom Woods is all too familiar with the ways that exposure to the harsh space environment can lead to a spacecraft instrument’s degradation.

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Record-setting NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson retires

Posted June 18, 2018 by

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who holds the U.S. record for most cumulative time in space, is retiring from the agency, effective June 15. 

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A deep space communications hub in desert

Posted June 15, 2018 by

When NASA engineers were looking for a place to build a network of large radio antennas in the 1950s, they knew they needed somewhere quiet. They were going to build a series of antennas with huge parabolic dishes and receivers that could detect extremely faint radio signals.

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NASA finds ancient organic material, mysterious methane on Mars

Posted June 8, 2018 by

NASA’s Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the search for current life on the Red Planet.

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Astronauts safely in orbit following launch to ISS

Posted June 6, 2018 by

Three crew members are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:12 a.m., EDT, June 6. The Soyuz spacecraft carrying Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA, Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency), and Sergey Prokopyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos is scheduled to dock to…

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SpaceX launch

Posted June 4, 2018 by

SpaceX successfully launched the SES-12 satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit June 4, 2018, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Liftoff occurred at 12:45 a.m., EDT. The SES-12 satellite was deployed about 32 minutes after liftoff. Falcon 9’s first stage for the SES-12 mission previously supported the OTV-5 mission…

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NASA astronaut, crewmates safely return to Earth from space station

Posted June 4, 2018 by

NASA photographs After 168 days of living and working in low-Earth orbit, three members of the International Space Station Expedition 55 crew – NASA astronaut Scott Tingle, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and astronaut Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency – return to Earth, June 3, 2018, landing at…

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Airbus-built SES-12 dual-mission satellite successfully launched

Posted June 4, 2018 by

SES-12, the 13th satellite built by Airbus for SES, successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., June 4. Following separation from the launcher, the most powerful all-electric satellite ever has completed its initialization phase and has started its electric orbit raising operations as planned. SES-12 is the third all-electric satellite built by Airbus in orbit. Its…

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