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Dragon installed to station for month of cargo swaps

Posted August 16, 2017 by

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was berthed to the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 9:07 a.m., EDT, Aug. 16. The hatch between the newly arrived spacecraft and the Harmony module of the space station is scheduled to be opened as soon as later today. CRS-12 is scheduled to deliver more than 6,400 pounds…

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NASA selects proposals to study galaxies, stars, planets

Posted August 11, 2017 by

NASA has selected six astrophysics Explorers Program proposals for concept studies.

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NASA’s Randy Bresnik, crewmates arrive at ISS

Posted July 31, 2017 by

After a six-hour spaceflight, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency) arrived at the International Space Station at 5:54 p.m., EDT, July 28 to continue important scientific research in the orbiting laboratory.

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Three up, three down — NASA tests RS-25 flight controller

Posted July 26, 2017 by

In the heart of baseball season, NASA completed its equivalent of a clean inning, successfully testing the third RS-25 flight controller for use on the new Space Launch System deep space rocket.

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NASA Television coverage set for next ISS crew launch

Posted July 26, 2017 by

Three new crew members for the International Space Station are scheduled to launch on July 28.

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SpaceX chief says first launch of big new rocket will be risky

Posted July 24, 2017 by Marcia Dunn

SpaceX’s chief said July 19 that the first launch of its big new rocket is risky and stands “a real good chance” of failure. Founder Elon Musk told a space station research conference that he wants to set realistic expectations for the flight later this year from Cape Canaveral. The Falcon Heavy will have three…

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July 20, 1969: One giant leap for mankind

Posted July 21, 2017 by

July 1969. It's a little over eight years since the flights of Gagarin and Shepard, followed quickly by President Kennedy's challenge to put a man on the moon before the decade is out.

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In Gulf of Mexico, NASA evaluates how crew will exit Orion

Posted July 17, 2017 by

When astronauts return to Earth from destinations beyond the moon in NASA’s Orion spacecraft and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, they’ll still need to safely get out of the spacecraft and back on dry land.

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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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Astronaut Rick Mastracchio departs NASA

Posted June 24, 2017 by

Veteran NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio has retired from NASA; his last day with the agency was June 16. “Rick is a classmate and a friend and he has done great work for NASA, both in space and on the ground,” said Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester, who was selected as an astronaut in the same class…

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