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Three ISS crewmates safely return to Earth

Posted September 6, 2017 by

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who set multiple U.S. space records during her mission aboard the International Space Station, along with crewmates Jack Fischer of NASA and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, safely landed on Earth at 9:21 p.m., EDT, Sept. 2, southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

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Second Lockheed Martin GPS III satellite successfully completes strenuous launch test

Posted September 6, 2017 by

Launch is the most strenuous part of a satellite's life. To survive the extreme sound wave pressure and pounding vibrations generated by more than 700,000 pounds of thundering rocket thrust, spacecraft need a solid, reliable design if they hope to arrive operational on orbit.

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NASA concludes summer of testing with fifth flight controller hot fire

Posted September 6, 2017 by

NASA engineers closed a summer of successful hot fire testing Aug. 30 for flight controllers on RS-25 engines that will help power the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, being built to carry astronauts to deep-space destinations, including Mars. The space agency capped off summer testing with a 500-second hot fire of a fifth RS-25…

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SpaceX orbits remote sensing spacecraft for Taiwan

Posted September 1, 2017 by Peter W. Merlin

Taiwan's Formosat-5 satellite has embarked on a five-year mission to demonstrate the small Asian country's indigenous space technology and remote sensing capabilities.

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NASA’s next Mars mission to investigate interior of red planet

Posted August 31, 2017 by

Preparation of NASA's next spacecraft to Mars, InSight, has ramped up this summer, on course for launch next May from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California -- the first interplanetary launch in history from America's West Coast.

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Saturn plunge nears for Cassini spacecraft

Posted August 31, 2017 by

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is 18 days from its mission-ending dive into the atmosphere of Saturn. Its fateful plunge on Sept. 15 is a foregone conclusion -- an April 22 gravitational kick from Saturn's moon Titan placed the two-and-a-half ton vehicle on its path for impending destruction.

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SpaceX Flacon 9 Launches from Vandenberg

Posted August 25, 2017 by

The FORMOSAT-5 satellite was launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4 at Vandeberg Air Force Base, Calif., Aug. 24, at 11:51 a.m., PDT. Col. Gregory E. Wood, 30th Space Wing vice commander, was the launch safety authority. “The 30th Space Wing takes great pride in supporting another successful SpaceX launch,” said…

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Lockheed Martin powers-up next Orion spacecraft for first time

Posted August 23, 2017 by

Engineers at Lockheed Martin and NASA breathed life into the next Orion crew module when they powered up the spacecraft for the first time at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

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NASA launches last of its longtime tracking satellites

Posted August 21, 2017 by Marcia Dunn

NASA launched the last of its longtime tracking and communication satellites Aug. 18, a vital link to astronauts in orbit as well as the Hubble Space Telescope. The end of the era came with a morning liftoff of TDRS-M, the 13th satellite in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite network. It rode to orbit aboard…

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SpaceX launches experiments, ice cream to space station

Posted August 16, 2017 by Marcia Dunn

A SpaceX capsule rocketed to the International Space Station Aug. 14, carrying tons of science research, plus ice cream.

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