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Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus Spacecraft successfully completes rendezvous, berthing with ISS

Posted November 19, 2018 by

NASA photograph Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft is shown moments after capture by the International Space Station’s robotic arm. Northrop Grumman announced Nov. 19 announced that the “S.S. John Young” Cygnus™ spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers with the International Space Station earlier this morning. The mission marks the company’s 10th successful berthing with…

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Northrop Grumman completes next critical launch milestones of James Webb telescope spacecraft

Posted February 11, 2019 by

Northrop Grumman photograph Both halves of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope are housed in Northrop Grumman’s cleanroom as they undergo ongoing testing and integration efforts. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Spacecraft Element successfully completed acoustic and sine vibration testing at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, Calif. Acoustic and sine vibration testing validates the structural design…

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NASA Challenge seeks ways to use Mars’ natural resources for astronauts

Posted October 7, 2015 by

Living off the land is different when the land is 140 million miles away, so NASA is looking for innovative ideas to use in situ (in place) Martian resources to help establish a human presence on the Red Planet. The In Situ Resource Utilization Challenge offers the public an opportunity to submit designs for structures…

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Be an astronaut: NASA accepting applications for future explorers

Posted December 14, 2015 by

Recently named the best place to work in the federal government for the fourth year in a row, NASA is looking for the best candidates to work in the best job on or off the planet. The astronaut candidate application website now is live and accepting submissions through Feb. 18. Qualifying U.S. citizens may apply…

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ULA completes design review for next-gen Vulcan Centaur rocket

Posted March 28, 2016 by

United Launch Alliance successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review for the Vulcan Centaur launch vehicle with dual Blue Origin BE-4 engines. The PDR, a major milestone in development of the Vulcan launch vehicle, confirms that the design meets the requirements for the diverse set of missions it will support. The ULA team will build upon…

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Dragon attached to station Harmony module

Posted July 20, 2016 by

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was bolted into place on the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 10:03 a.m., EDT, July 20 as the station flew about 252 statute miles over the California and Oregon border. The spacecraft is delivering nearly 5,000 pounds of science, hardware and supplies, including instruments to perform the…

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Next space station crew set for launch, live on NASA TV

Posted October 12, 2016 by

Three crew members of Expedition 49/50 are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station at 4:05 a.m., EDT, Oct. 19 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Live launch coverage will begin at 3:15 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, along with Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko,…

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NASA’s MAVEN reveals most of Mars’ atmosphere was lost to space

Posted March 31, 2017 by

Solar wind and radiation are responsible for stripping the Martian atmosphere, transforming Mars from a planet that could have supported life billions of years ago into a frigid desert world, according to new results from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft.

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SpaceX’s latest activities

Posted June 27, 2017 by

BulgariaSat-1 launched into orbit On June 23, 2017, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched the BulgariaSat-1 satellite into orbit — the first geostationary communications satellite in Bulgaria’s history. This mission marked the second reflight of a Falcon 9 first stage, having previously supported the Iridium-1 mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in January of this…

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Critical Design Review for Next Generation GEO satellites a success

Posted October 6, 2017 by

The Space and Missile Systems Center’s Remote Sensing Systems Directorate and prime contractor, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, successfully completed a system Critical Design Review for the Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting satellites GEO-5 and GEO-6 Sept. 8. The successful CDR marks the capstone event, culminating 18 months of lower level reviews, which authorizes the next two satellites…

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