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SpaceX says rocket performance OK in secret satellite launch

Posted January 12, 2018 by Marcia Dunn

SpaceX defended its rocket performance during the weekend launch of a secret U.S. satellite, responding Jan. 9 to media reports that the satellite codenamed Zuma was lost. Company President Gwynne Shotwell said the Falcon 9 rocket “did everything correctly” Jan. 7 and suggestions otherwise are “categorically false.” Northrop Grumman — which provided the satellite for…

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U.S. Air Force’s SBIRS GEO Flight-4 missile warning satellite encapsulated for launch

Posted January 12, 2018 by

Current SBIRS’ constellation continues to deliver outstanding infrared surveillance performance CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Air Force’s fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) was encapsulated on Jan. 9. The SBIRS GEO Flight-4 satellite is now ready for its…

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Life-saving NASA communications system turns 20

Posted January 10, 2018 by

NASA photograph The South Pole TDRS Relay ground terminal was installed at the National Science Foundation’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in December 1997 to help connect NSF researchers and their scientific data to the rest of the world. This image shows the original SPTR system, which became operational on Jan. 9, 1998. NASA’s Tracking and…

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NASA mourns passing of astronaut John Young

Posted January 9, 2018 by tomlear

Astronaut John Young began his impressive career at NASA in 1962, when he was selected from among hundreds of young pilots to join NASA's second astronaut class, known as the "New Nine."

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NASA releases logo for upcoming 60th anniversary

Posted January 3, 2018 by

. In 2018, NASA will mark the 60th anniversary of its establishment as a U.S. government agency. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed NASA’s founding legislation, the 1958 National Aeronautics and Space Act, on July 29, 1958. NASA considers its birthday to be Oct. 1, the day the agency opened for business. NASA has released an…

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SpaceX launch sparks UFO sightings

Posted December 29, 2017 by Peter W. Merlin

An early evening liftoff of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Dec. 22 produced a spectacular aerial display that stopped traffic throughout much of Southern California and prompted many UFO sighting reports to emergency services officials and news agencies.

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Astronaut Bruce McCandless II dies at 80

Posted December 28, 2017 by

Former NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless II, mission specialist on the STS-41B and STS-31 missions, died Dec. 21, 2017, at the age of 80. McCandless is perhaps best remembered as the subject of a famous NASA photograph flying alongside the space shuttle in the Manned Maneuvering Unit — the first astronaut to fly untethered from his…

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Crew from U.S., Russia, Japan expands space population to six

Posted December 22, 2017 by

NASA’s Scott Tingle, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency joined Expedition 54 Commander Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and crewmates Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba of NASA aboard the International Space Station when the hatches between the Soyuz spacecraft and the orbiting laboratory officially opened at…

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Three new crew members on voyage to ISS

Posted December 18, 2017 by

NASA photograph by Joel Kowsky Expedition 54 crew members Scott Tingle of NASA, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched to the International Space Station at 2:21 a.m., EST, Dec. 17, 2017, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Three crew members representing the United…

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Orion parachute tests prove out complex system for human deep space missions

Posted December 18, 2017 by

Army photograph Two pilot parachutes pull out two main parachutes of the Orion spacecraft during a test Dec. 15, 2017. When NASA’s Orion spacecraft hurtles toward Earth’s surface during its return from deep-space missions, the capsule’s system of 11 parachutes will assemble itself in the air and slow the spacecraft from 300 mph to a…

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