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Orbital’s second Cygnus resupply mission to International Space Station postponed

Posted June 11, 2014 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced that it has updated its Antares launch schedule for the Orb-2 mission to a date no earlier than July 1, 2014. Orb-2 is the second of eight cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station under the company’s Commercial Resupply Services contract…

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Arianespace launches O3b satellites on Soyuz mission

Posted July 11, 2014 by

July 10, at 3:55 pm local time in French Guiana, Arianespace successfully performed its second launch for O3b Networks, following the successful launch of the operator’s first four satellites last year. With this eighth Soyuz launch from the Guiana Space Center, all successful, Arianespace proves its long-term support for new operators and helps reduce the…

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

Posted August 8, 2014 by

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

Posted September 17, 2014 by

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 mission provides its first look at Martian upper atmosphere

Posted October 17, 2014 by

University of Colorado/NASA photograph Three views of an escaping atmosphere, obtained by MAVEN’s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph. By observing all of the products of water and carbon dioxide breakdown, MAVEN’s remote sensing team can characterize the processes that drive atmospheric loss on Mars.   NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has provided scientists their…

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NASA DC-8 continues west Antarctic ice study

Posted November 17, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Jim Yungel The Thurston Island calving front off of western Antarctica as seen from the window of NASA’s DC-8 flying observatory Nov. 5, 2014. NASA’s DC-8 flying laboratory has two weeks of support remaining in the agency’s sixth Operation IceBridge mission to study parts of the West Antarctica ice sheet and ice…

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NASA takes giant leaps on journey to Mars among other accomplishments

Posted December 29, 2014 by

In 2014, NASA took significant steps on the agency’s journey to Mars – testing cutting-edge technologies and making scientific discoveries while studying our changing Earth and the infinite universe as the agency made progress on the next generation of air travel. “We continued to make great progress on our journey to Mars this year, awarding…

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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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