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NASA orders SpaceX crew mission to space station

Posted November 23, 2015 by

NASA took a significant step Nov. 20 toward expanding research opportunities aboard the International Space Station with its first mission order from Hawthorne, California based-company SpaceX to launch astronauts from U.S. soil.

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NASA receives fifth consecutive clean audit opinion

Posted November 18, 2015 by

NASA has received an unmodified audit opinion on its fiscal year 2015 financial statements, marking the fifth consecutive year of “clean” opinions. The agency has released its fiscal 2015 Agency Financial Report, which provides details on its financial results and performance highlights. The auditor’s unmodified opinion is that NASA’s financial statements fairly present the agency’s…

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General Dynamics completes next step in integration of NASA’s new SGSS command, control infrastructure

Posted November 11, 2015 by

A General Dynamics-led team successfully completed, on-schedule, the next phase of the implementation, integration and test of the NASA Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment program, Increment A4. This increment includes the ground antenna and associated control systems that are housed in a Space Network Operations Center. The team also completed an end-to-end demonstration of the…

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Virgin Galactic appoints Kelly Latimer as pilot

Posted November 9, 2015 by

MOJAVE, Calif.–Virgin Galactic, the privately funded space company owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments PJS, has announce the appointment of its newest pilot, retired Ari Force Lt. Col. Kelly Latimer. A former combat veteran and retired, Latimer joins Virgin Galactic with extensive experience with heavy aircraft and as an…

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Four months after Pluto flyby, NASA’s New Horizons yields wealth of discovery

Posted November 9, 2015 by

From possible ice volcanoes to twirling moons, NASA’s New Horizons science team is discussing more than 50 exciting discoveries about Pluto at this week’s 47th Annual Meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences in National Harbor, Maryland. “The New Horizons mission has taken what we thought we knew about Pluto and turned…

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NASA mission reveals speed of solar wind stripping Martian atmosphere

Posted November 6, 2015 by

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission has identified the process that appears to have played a key role in the transition of the Martian climate from an early, warm and wet environment that might have supported surface life to the cold, arid planet Mars is today.

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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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Space station marks 15 years of nonstop human presence

Posted November 4, 2015 by Marcia Dunn

Humankind marked an off-the-planet pinnacle Nov. 2: the 15th anniversary of continuous residency at the International Space Station. NASA and its global partners celebrated the milestone, as did the six astronauts on board. The U.S., Russian and Japanese spacemen planned a special dinner 250 miles up.

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches GPS IIF-11 satellite for U.S. Air Force

Posted November 2, 2015 by

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-11 satellite for the U.S. Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 Oct. 31 at 12:13 p.m., EDT. GPS IIF-11 is one of the next-generation GPS satellites that incorporate numerous improvements to provide greater accuracy, increased signals and enhanced performance for…

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Air Force set to launch next-to-last GPS IIF satellite

Posted October 30, 2015 by

Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center and its mission partners are scheduled to launch the 11th Boeing-built Global Positioning System IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 launch vehicle Oct. 30 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

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