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NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX achieves milestone in safety review

Posted November 15, 2013 by

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) met in late October to review the safety of the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket being developed to launch humans into low-Earth orbit later this decade.

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NASA hails success of commercial space program

Posted November 13, 2013 by

Private space station resupply underway, plans readied for astronauts NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Nov. 13 hailed the success of the agencyís public-private partnership with American companies to resupply the International Space Station and announced the next phase of contracting with U.S. companies to transport astronauts is set to begin next week. A little more than…

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NASA selects research teams for new virtual institute

Posted November 13, 2013 by

NASA has selected nine research teams from seven states for a new institute that will bring researchers together in a collaborative virtual setting to focus on questions concerning space science and human space exploration. The teams participating in the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute will address scientific questions about the moon, near-Earth asteroids, the…

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Space station crew lands with Olympic Torch; Finishes 166 days in space

Posted November 13, 2013 by

Expedition 37 crew members Karen Nyberg of NASA, Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency have returned to Earth from the International Space Station, landing at 9:49 p.m., EST, Nov. 10, after spending 166 days in space. Inside the Soyuz spacecraft carrying the astronauts was the…

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Lockheed Martin team tests Orionís protective panels

Posted November 8, 2013 by

Testing at the Lockheed Martin Sunnyvale facility in California using a series of precisely-timed, explosive charges and mechanisms, proved the Orion spacecraft can successfully jettison its protective fairing panels. The Orion spacecraft has three fairings that protect the service module radiators and solar arrays from heat, wind and acoustics during ascent. This test was the…

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NASA’s Orion sees flawless fairing separation in second test

Posted November 8, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph The three panel or fairings encapsulating a stand-in for Orionís service module successfully detach during a test Nov. 6, 2013 at Lockheed Martinís facility in Sunnyvale, Calif. The three massive panels protecting a test version of NASA’s Orion multipurpose crew vehicle successfully fell away from the spacecraft Wednesday in a test of…

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NASA, International researchers obtain crucial data from meteoroid impact

Posted November 6, 2013 by

A team of NASA and international scientists for the first time have gathered a detailed understanding of the effects on Earth from a small asteroid impact. The unprecedented data obtained as the result of the airburst of a meteoroid over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk on Feb. 15, has revolutionized scientists’ understanding of this natural…

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NASA Kepler results usher in a new era of astronomy

Posted November 4, 2013 by

Scientists from around the world are gathered this week at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., for the second Kepler Science Conference, where they will discuss the latest findings resulting from the analysis of Kepler Space Telescope data. Included in these findings is the discovery of 833 new candidate planets, which will be…

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NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg invites quilters to contribute a star block

Posted November 1, 2013 by

International Space Station Expedition 37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA, a lifelong lover of sewing, is inviting fellow crafters to join her in stitching together a global community space quilt. Nyberg, who is in the final weeks of her mission aboard the orbiting laboratory, recently shared a star-themed quilt block she was able to…

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Dream Chaser landing gear failure spoils first free flight test

Posted October 31, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

The first glitch in a successful program to qualify the Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser as a Space Station crew taxi vehicle happened March 26. The Dream Chaser engineering test article was released from an Erickson Sky Crane helicopter at 12,500 feet. The unmanned prototype followed its automated flight programs perfectly, first diving at 50 degrees,…

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