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NASA’s Orion spacecraft arrives at launch pad

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NASA’s new Orion spacecraft now is at its launch pad after completing its penultimate journey in the early hours of Nov. 12.

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Space station crew returns to Earth, lands safely in Kazakhstan

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NASA photograph European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst (left), Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev (center) and NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman pose for a portrait in the Harmony node of the International Space Station. The three crew members of Expedition 41 returned to Earth at 10:58 p.m., EDT, Nov. 9. Three International Space Station crew members returned…

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NASA signs lease with Planetary Ventures LLC

Posted November 10, 2014 by

In an effort to reduce costs and shed surplus property, NASA Nov. 10 signed a lease with Planetary Ventures, LLC to manage Moffett Federal Airfield, an agency facility located in Moffett Field, Calif., and rehabilitate its historic Hangar One. NASA estimates the lease will save the agency approximately $6.3 million annually in maintenance and operation…

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Mars spacecraft reveal comet flyby effects on Martian atmosphere

Posted November 10, 2014 by

Two NASA and one European spacecraft that obtained the first up-close observations of a comet flyby of Mars on Oct. 19, have gathered new information about the basic properties of the comet’s nucleus and directly detected the effects on the Martian atmosphere.

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NASA rocket experiment finds universe brighter than we thought

Posted November 7, 2014 by

A NASA sounding rocket experiment has detected a surprising surplus of infrared light in the dark space between galaxies, a diffuse cosmic glow as bright as all known galaxies combined. The glow is thought to be from orphaned stars flung out of galaxies.

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One of largest infrared telescopes to help track orbital debris

Posted November 7, 2014 by

UKIRT photograph Lockheed Martin teamed up with NASA and the universities of Arizona and Hawaiíi to use one of the Worldís largest infrared telescopes to study near-earth space debris and asteroids. The United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT), pictured here, is the largest IR telescope in the Northern Hemisphere and is located atop Maunakea, Hawaii. Lockheed…

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Navy, Lockheed Martin deliver third MUOS secure comm satellite

Posted November 7, 2014 by

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin have delivered the third Mobile User Objective System spacecraft to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., where it will be prepared for a January 2015 liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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NASA Armstrong celebrates 50th anniversary of LLRV first flight

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Before the Apollo astronauts landed on the moon, they first had to practice on Earth.

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Global Hawks mark five years of NASA science flights

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NASA photograph by Tom Miller NASA Global Hawk 872 is shown during an instrument checkout flight in late 2013 for the ATTREX mission conducted early this year. NASA’s pair of remotely operated Global Hawk Earth science aircraft marked a milestone Oct. 23, the fifth anniversary of the first NASA flight by a Global Hawk aircraft….

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Can private space survive two explosions in four days?

Posted November 3, 2014 by Seth Borenstein

Fiery failures are no stranger to the space game. It’s what happens when you push the boundaries of what technology can do, where people can go. And it happened again to Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. In the past decade, the space industry has tried to go from risky and government-run to routine private enterprise – so…

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