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NASA, space station partners announce future mission crew members

Posted February 9, 2015 by

Photographs courtesy of NASA/ESA/JAXA (Top left to bottom right) Expedition 48: Jeff Williams, NASA, Alexey Ovchinin, Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and Oleg Skripochka, Roscosmos. Expedition 48/49: Kate Rubins, NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin, Roscosmos, and Takuya Onishi, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Expedition 49/50: Shane Kimbrough, NASA, Andrey Borisenko, Roscosmos, and Sergey Ryzhikov, Roscosmos. Expedition 50:…

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Moon Express continues lander flight tests under NASA Lunar CATALYST program

Posted February 9, 2015 by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAMPD65dvIY&feature=player_embedded Moon Express photograph Moon Express “MTV-1X” during a tethered flight test at NASA KSC in December 2014. The rocket system is fueled by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) so its exhaust is invisible super-heated steam. Moon Express, Inc. has announced that it will continue flight tests at Kennedy Space Center using the newest version of its…

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NASA spacecraft returns new images of Pluto en route to historic encounter

Posted February 6, 2015 by

NASA/JHU APL/SwRI photograph The image of Pluto and its moon Charon, taken by NASAís New Horizons spacecraft, was magnified four times to make the objects more visible. Over the next several months, the apparent sizes of Pluto and Charon, as well as the separation between them, will continue to expand in the images. NASA’s New…

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New probe to improve understanding of global climate change

Posted February 6, 2015 by Peter W. Merlin

A new NASA spacecraft launched Jan. 31 from California will measure soil moisture across the globe to help scientists better understand and predict weather cycles and climate change.

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With Boeing Inmarsat-5 launch, global broadband network closer to reality

Posted February 4, 2015 by

Photograph courtesy of International Launch Services The second Boeing Inmarsat-5 satellite launched Feb. 1 and sent signals from orbit, the next step in establishing Global Xpress, the worldís first globally available high-speed mobile broadband service for government and commercial users. EL SEGUNDO, Calif. ñ The second Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 satellite has sent its first signals from…

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Ball Aerospace integrates two of five instruments for JPSS-1

Posted January 30, 2015 by

Two of the five instruments scheduled to fly on the nation's next polar-orbiting weather satellite, NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System -1, have been integrated to the spacecraft bus by prime contractor Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft captures best-ever view of dwarf planet

Posted January 28, 2015 by

Zoomed out – PIA19173 Ceres appears sharper than ever at 43 pixels across, a higher resolution than images of Ceres taken by the NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in 2003 and 2004. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres. The images were taken 147,000 miles from Ceres Jan….

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ATK completes installation of world’s largest solid rocket motor for ground test

Posted January 23, 2015 by

NASA and ATK have completed installing the first Space Launch System booster qualification motor, QM-1, in a specialized test stand in Utah.

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Third Lockheed Martin-built MUOS satellite launched, responding to commands

Posted January 23, 2015 by

The third Mobile User Objective System satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy is now responding to commands after being launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Jan. 20.

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ULA successfully launches Navy’s Mobile User Objective System-3

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the third Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 8:04 p.m., EST, Jan. 21.

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