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NASA Armstrong celebrates 50th anniversary of LLRV first flight

Posted November 5, 2014 by

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

Posted November 5, 2014 by

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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Spaceship co-pilot was experienced test pilot

Posted November 3, 2014 by Brian Melley

The pilot killed in a test flight of Virgin Galactic’s prototype space tourism rocket was as capable behind the controls of experimental aircraft as he was tackling technical challenges in the offices where the vehicle was designed. He was also known as a devoted husband and father of two young children. Michael Alsbury, 39, was…

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Orion spacecraft complete: Spacecraft ready for integration with Delta IV

Posted November 3, 2014 by

NASA and Lockheed Martin have completed final assembly and testing of the Orion spacecraft.

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NASA seeks proposals to develop capabilities for deep space exploration, journey to Mars

Posted October 29, 2014 by

NASA is soliciting proposals for concept studies or technology development projects that will be necessary to enable human pioneers to go to deep space destinations such as an asteroid and Mars. Through a Broad Area Announcemen NASA released Oct. 28, the agency seeks to use public-private partnerships to share funding to develop advanced propulsion, habitation…

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NASA’S Chandra Observatory identifies impact of cosmic chaos on star birth

Posted October 27, 2014 by

Photograph courtesy of NASA/CXC/Stanford/I. Zhuravleva et al Chandra observations of the Perseus and Virgo galaxy clusters suggest turbulence may be preventing hot gas there from cooling, addressing a long-standing question of galaxy clusters do not form large numbers of stars.   The same phenomenon that causes a bumpy airplane ride, turbulence, may be the solution…

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NASA hosts first agency-wide social media event for Orion’s first flight test

Posted October 27, 2014 by

NASA invites social media followers to apply for credentials to get a preview of the Orion spacecraft’s first flight test during NASA Social events Dec. 3 at each of its 10 centers. Orion will launch on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,…

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Critical NASA science returns to Earth aboard SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

Posted October 27, 2014 by

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 3:39 p.m., EDT, Oct. 25, in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning 3,276 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station.

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Close encounters: Comet Siding Spring seen next to Mars

Posted October 24, 2014 by

A composite NASA Hubble Space Telescope Image captures the positions of comet Siding Spring and Mars in a never-before-seen close passage of a comet by the Red Planet, which happened at 2:28 p.m., EDT, Oct. 19.

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