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NASA’s new Orion spacecraft completes first spaceflight test

Posted December 8, 2014 by

NASA marked a major milestone Dec. 5 on its journey to Mars as the Orion spacecraft completed its first voyage to space, traveling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years.

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NASA’s Curiosity rover finds clues to how water helped shape Martian landscape

Posted December 8, 2014 by

NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/MSSS illustration This illustration depicts a lake of water partially filling Mars’ Gale Crater, receiving runoff from snow melting on the crater’s northern rim. Observations by NASA’s Curiosity Rover indicate Mars’ Mount Sharp was built by sediments deposited in a large lake bed over tens of millions of years. This interpretation of Curiosity’s finds…

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Ikhana to capture Orion splashdown for NASA TV

Posted December 3, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Tony Landis Preparing Ikhana for a long mission. Orion Splashdown Mission Ikhana, NASA’s remotely piloted, unmanned aircraft system, will be used Dec. 4 to capture video of the Orion crew module Exploration Flight Test 1 as the module descends through the atmosphere into the Pacific Ocean. The aircraft’s camera, mounted on the…

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NASA to take images of Orion flight test splashdown

Posted December 3, 2014 by

A number of teams will have eyes, cameras and telescopes trained on the skies for the splashdown of the first flight of NASA's Orion capsule — with the help of Navy and NASA aircraft.

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Boeing completes first milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation Systems

Posted December 3, 2014 by

NASA has approved the completion of Boeing’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station from the United States under a groundbreaking Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract. The Certification Baseline Review is the first of many more milestones, including flight tests from Florida’s Space Coast that will establish the…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne celebrates 100th high performance apogee thruster flight

Posted December 1, 2014 by

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, has reported the completion of its 100th geosynchronous satellite apogee insertion using its iridium/rhenium High Performance Apogee Thruster (HiPAT, including first and second generation design configurations. The successful insertion was achieved with a large geosynchronous telecommunications satellite, built by commercial satellite manufacturer, SSL, which was recently launched. The milestone will…

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NASA airborne campaigns tackle climate questions from Africa to Arctic

Posted November 26, 2014 by

Five new NASA airborne field campaigns will take to the skies starting in 2015 to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires in Africa affect our climate.

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New crew arrives at space station to continue scientific research

Posted November 26, 2014 by

Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station.

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NASA opens Cube Quest Challenge for largest-ever prize of $5 million

Posted November 26, 2014 by

Registration now is open for NASA's Cube Quest Challenge, the agency’s first in-space competition that offers the agency’s largest-ever prize purse.

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Posted November 24, 2014 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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