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Lockheed Martin, NASA, U.S. Navy test Orion spacecraft ocean recovery

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In a simulated ocean recovery of an Orion spacecraft test article, Lockheed Martin, NASA and the U.S. Navy practiced recovery techniques for retrieving the crew module after it splashes down at sea following its first test flight later this year.

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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory finds planet that makes star act deceptively old

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Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/M. Weiss A new study from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that a giant exoplanet, WASP-18b, is making the star that it orbits very closely act much older than it actually is. This artist’s illustration depicts WASP-18b and its star, which are about 330 light years away. A planet may be causing…

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NASA/SpaceX launch, mission to space station slated

Posted April 17, 2012 by

Following the completion of NASA’s flight readiness review, the second SpaceX demonstration launch for NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program is scheduled for April 30. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule will liftoff from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. There is a single instantaneous launch…

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Texas officials quiet on space launch site project

Posted May 8, 2012 by

Proponents are eagerly pursuing a project to keep Texas at the center of the space exploration efforts, but say they are getting little encouragement from state officials, according to a published report. Leaders of the Texas space industry are anticipating the May 19 test launch of a private cargo ship from Cape Canaveral, Fla., to…

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Astronauts enter world’s first private supply ship

Posted May 29, 2012 by by Marcia Dunn

Space station astronauts floated into the Dragon May 26, a day after its heralded arrival as the world’s first commercial supply ship. NASA astronaut Donald Pettit, the first one into the docked capsule, said it reminded him of the cargo capability of his pickup truck back home in Houston. “The smell inside smells like a…

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Orbital’s Pegasus launches X-ray observatory

Posted June 14, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, was successfully launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean June 13. The mission will study everything from massive black holes...

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Trio from ISS land safely in Kazakhstan

Posted July 2, 2012 by

Three members of the Expedition 31 crew undocked from the International Space Station and returned safely to Earth Sunday, July 1, wrapping up a mission that lasted six-and-a-half months. Russian Commander Oleg Kononenko…

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NASA successfully tests hypersonic inflatable heat shield

Posted July 23, 2012 by

A large inflatable heat shield developed by NASA’s Space Technology Program has successfully survived a trip through Earth’s atmosphere while travelling at hypersonic speeds up to 7,600 mph. The Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) was launched by sounding rocket at 7:01 a.m. Monday from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. The purpose of…

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New NASA mission ready to brave Earth’s radiation belts

Posted August 9, 2012 by

NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission will send two spacecraft into the harsh environment of our planet’s radiation belts. Final preparations have begun for launch Aug. 23, from Florida’s Space Coast. The RBSP spacecraft are designed to fly and operate in the heart of the most hazardous regions of near-Earth space to collect crucial data….

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NASA completes maximum parachute test for Orion spacecraft

Posted August 29, 2012 by

NASA successfully completed another parachute test of its Orion spacecraft high above the skies of the U.S. Yuma Army Proving Ground in southwestern Arizona Aug. 28. The test examined the maximum pressure Orion’s parachutes might face when returning from exploration missions. Orion will be the most advanced spacecraft ever designed and carry astronauts farther into…

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