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Sounding rocket takes second look at sun

Posted June 20, 2018 by

As the principal investigator for the Extreme Ultraviolet Variability Experiment, or EVE, instrument aboard NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, Tom Woods is all too familiar with the ways that exposure to the harsh space environment can lead to a spacecraft instrument’s degradation.

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Record-setting NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson retires

Posted June 18, 2018 by

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who holds the U.S. record for most cumulative time in space, is retiring from the agency, effective June 15. 

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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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NASA finds ancient organic material, mysterious methane on Mars

Posted June 8, 2018 by

NASA’s Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the search for current life on the Red Planet.

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Astronauts safely in orbit following launch to ISS

Posted June 6, 2018 by

Three crew members are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:12 a.m., EDT, June 6. The Soyuz spacecraft carrying Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA, Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency), and Sergey Prokopyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos is scheduled to dock to…

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SpaceX launch

Posted June 4, 2018 by

SpaceX successfully launched the SES-12 satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit June 4, 2018, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Liftoff occurred at 12:45 a.m., EDT. The SES-12 satellite was deployed about 32 minutes after liftoff. Falcon 9’s first stage for the SES-12 mission previously supported the OTV-5 mission…

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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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Airbus-built SES-12 dual-mission satellite successfully launched

Posted June 4, 2018 by

SES-12, the 13th satellite built by Airbus for SES, successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., June 4. Following separation from the launcher, the most powerful all-electric satellite ever has completed its initialization phase and has started its electric orbit raising operations as planned. SES-12 is the third all-electric satellite built by Airbus in orbit. Its…

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NASA remembers shuttle astronaut Don Peterson

Posted May 30, 2018 by

NASA photograph Astronaut Don Peterson NASA today is remembering Don Peterson, who flew aboard the first flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger and took part in the first spacewalk of the shuttle program. His May 27 death was reported by the Association of Space Explorers on its Facebook page. His mission, STS-6, launched from Kennedy Space Center,…

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Alan Bean, Apollo moonwalker and artist, dies at 86

Posted May 30, 2018 by

  Astronaut Alan Bean, a member of Nasa’s Apollo 12 mission, died May 26 at the age of 86. Bean was lunar module pilot on the November 1969 Apollo 12 mission, the second moon landing and he was the fourth person to walk on the lunar surface.  He and mission commander Pete Conrad explored on…

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