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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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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 delays next-generation space telescope until 2020

Posted March 30, 2018 by Marcia Dunn

NASA is delaying the launch of its next-generation space telescope -- its highest science priority -- until at least 2020. Top officials said March 27 that more time is needed to assemble and test the James Webb Space Telescope, which is considered a successor to the long-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope.

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NASA astronaut, crewmates safely return to Earth from space station

Posted June 4, 2018 by

NASA photographs After 168 days of living and working in low-Earth orbit, three members of the International Space Station Expedition 55 crew – NASA astronaut Scott Tingle, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and astronaut Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency – return to Earth, June 3, 2018, landing at…

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15 years in space for NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope

Posted August 24, 2018 by

Initially scheduled for a minimum 2.5-year primary mission, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has gone far beyond its expected lifetime -- and is still going strong after 15 years.

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NASA ER-2 is legacy of six decades of achievement

Posted October 17, 2015 by Peter Merlin

Sixty years ago, a spindly silver airplane made its first flight in total secrecy. Designed by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (now Lockheed Martin) as a spy plane for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), it has since evolved into a versatile platform for scientific research.

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NASA awards ISS cargo transport contracts

Posted January 15, 2016 by

Orbital ATK photograph Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft NASA has awarded three cargo contracts to ensure the critical science, research and technology demonstrations that are informing the agency’s journey to Mars are delivered to the International Space Station from 2019 through 2024. The agency unveiled its selection of Orbital ATK of Dulles, Va.; Sierra Nevada…

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