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A deep space communications hub in desert

Posted June 15, 2018 by

When NASA engineers were looking for a place to build a network of large radio antennas in the 1950s, they knew they needed somewhere quiet. They were going to build a series of antennas with huge parabolic dishes and receivers that could detect extremely faint radio signals.

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Latest Blue Origin launch tests technologies of interest to space exploration

Posted July 20, 2018 by

On July 18, 2018, at 8:35 am PDT, Blue Origin successfully launched its New Shepard rocket from the company’s West Texas launch site with five NASA-supported technologies onboard.

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SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station

Posted December 10, 2018 by Marcia Dunn

A SpaceX delivery full of Christmas goodies arrived at the International Space Station Dec. 8, following a slight delay caused by a communication drop-out. The Dragon capsule pulled up at the orbiting lab three days after launching from Cape Canaveral. Commander Alexander Gerst used the space station’s big robotic arm to grab the cargo carrier,…

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Scientists, engineers evaluate Orion radiation protection plan

Posted September 23, 2016 by

When astronauts in Orion venture far beyond Earth into deep space, they will expand humanity’s frontier and push the boundaries of exploration.

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New heart, DNA research in space benefiting health

Posted July 27, 2016 by

NASA photograph Astronaut Kate Rubins works to set up a new microscope for the Heart Cells study. New science unloaded from the latest SpaceX Dragon to visit the International Space Station is under way. The variety of new and ongoing space research is designed to benefit life on Earth and astronauts on long duration missions….

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NASA selects student teams for 2016 high-powered rocket launch challenge

Posted October 7, 2015 by

NASA selected 55 student teams from across the nation to participate in the 2015-2016 NASA Student Launch challenge, to be held April 13-17 near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

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Airbus delivers new ISS life support system

Posted March 21, 2018 by

Airbus photograph ACLS technology demonstrator generates oxygen and water in a closed system. Airbus has delivered the Advanced Closed Loop System, an advanced life support system to purify air and produce oxygen for the International Space Station. The system also produces water, more or less as a byproduct of the technology. ACLS was developed by…

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ISS crew spends weekend preparing to split up on Feb. 27

Posted February 26, 2018 by

Three Expedition 54 crew members spent the weekend packing up and preparing to return to Earth Feb. 27.

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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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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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