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America’s premier space wing completes SBIRS baseline constellation

Posted February 2, 2018 by Airman 1st Class Holden S. Faul

“Nobody does what we do; other organizations and nations perform missile warning to some degree, but only the 460th Operations Group does so on a global scale every second of every single day,” said Capt. Ryan Griggs, 2nd Space Warning Squadron assistant director of operations at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. It’s no secret that…

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Soon humans will travel out beyond Moon

Posted February 2, 2018 by

Construction has officially begun on the spaceship that will achieve America's goal of returning astronauts to the Moon. Lockheed Martin technicians and engineers at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans welded together the first two components of the Orion crew module capsule for Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2).

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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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Final RFP released for Air Force launch services contract

Posted February 2, 2018 by

The U.S. Air Force has released a final Request for Proposal for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Launch Services for the following payloads:  National Reconnaissance Office Launch (NROL)-85, NROL-87, SILENTBARKER, Space-Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SBIRS GEO)-5, and Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-44. The final RFP was released Jan. 31, 2018, with proposals due back…

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America’s first satellite established ‘foothold in space’

Posted January 29, 2018 by Bob Granath

NASA photograph In the gantry at Space Launch Complex 26 at the Cape Canaveral Missile Annex (now Cape Canaveral Air Force Station), a technician lowers the Explorer 1 satellite onto the launch vehicle’s fourth stage motor. On the evening of Jan. 31, 1958, the United States orbited its first satellite — Explorer 1. The effort…

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NASA’s next Mars lander spreads its solar wings

Posted January 26, 2018 by

NASA's next mission to Mars passed a key test Tuesday, extending the solar arrays that will power the InSight spacecraft once it lands on the Red Planet this November.

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NASA team studies middle-aged sun by tracking motion of Mercury

Posted January 26, 2018 by

The orbits of planets in our solar system are expanding, because the Sun’s gravitational grip gradually weakens as our star ages and loses mass. Now, a team of NASA and MIT scientists has indirectly measured this mass loss and other solar parameters by looking at changes in Mercury’s orbit.

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Under Control: U.S. Air Force’s SBIRS GEO Flight-4 missile warning satellite responding to commands

Posted January 22, 2018 by

The U.S. Air Force's 460th Space Wing is now "talking" with the fourth Space Based Infrared System  Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite after its successful launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Jan. 19, 2018.

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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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Delta IV NROL-47 launched from Vandenberg

Posted January 15, 2018 by

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload was launched successfully from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 2:11 p.m., PST, Jan. 12.

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