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NASA Commercial Crew Partner Blue Origin completes pad escape test

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NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partner Blue Origin conducted a successful pad escape test Oct. 19 at the company’s West Texas launch site, firing its pusher-escape motor and launching a full-scale suborbital crew capsule from a simulated propulsion module. The test was part of Blue Origin’s work supporting its funded Space Act Agreement with NASA during…

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Students conduct live conversations with orbiting NASA astronauts

Posted November 16, 2012 by

More than 9,500 student participants from the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program took part in a live video downlink with International Space Station Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams and Flight Engineer Kevin Ford. The long-distance conversation took place Nov. 15 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. The event was co-hosted with the…

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Soyuz capsule carrying 3-man crew docks with International Space Station

Posted December 28, 2012 by

A Soyuz capsule packed with three astronauts successfully docked Dec. 21 with the International Space Station, taking the size of the full crew at the orbiting laboratory to six. American Tom Marshburn, Russian Roman Romanenko and Canadian Chris Hadfield traveled two days in the capsule before linking up with the space station’s Russian Rassvet research…

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NASA announces new screening of space program artifacts

Posted January 25, 2013 by

NASA again is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical space artifacts. This is the 16th screening of artifacts since 2009. The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies and processes and the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the General Services Administration worked together to ensure broad access…

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NASA seeks university participants for summer rocket workshop

Posted February 20, 2013 by

University faculty and students interested in learning how to build scientific experiments for spaceflight are invited to join RockOn 2013 from June 15-20 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. RockOn 2013 is an annual workshop held in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. Registration is open through May. “Now in its…

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Aerojet announces successful requalification of Its Delta II AJ10-118K second stage engine

Posted March 18, 2013 by

Aerojet’s Delta II second stage engine, the AJ10-118K, successfully passed a requalification test of its ablative chamber at Aerojet’s J4 altitude simulation test facility in Sacramento. Aerojet is a GenCorp company. The intent of the requalification program was to replace the asbestos insulator material with a readily-available and environmentally-friendly alternative. The three-burn hot fire test…

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NASA partner Orbital Sciences test launches Antares rocket

Posted April 22, 2013 by

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls The Antares rocket clears the launch pad on its way to orbit. NASA commercial space partner Orbital Sciences Corporation April 21 launched its Antares rocket at 5 p.m. ,EDT, from the new Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A at the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The…

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Boeing selected to build ViaSat-2 satellite

Posted May 17, 2013 by

Boeing has a new satellite customer under a contract to design and deliver one Boeing 702HP high-power spacecraft to ViaSat Inc. in 2016.

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Cassini probe to take photo of Earth from deep space

Posted June 19, 2013 by

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, now exploring Saturn, will take a picture of our home planet from a distance of hundreds of millions of miles July 19. NASA is inviting the public to help acknowledge the historic interplanetary portrait as it is being taken. Earth will appear as a small, pale blue dot between the rings of…

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NASA’s Spitzer observes gas emission from comet ISON

Posted July 24, 2013 by timchisham

Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have observed what most likely are strong carbon dioxide emissions from Comet ISON ahead of its anticipated pass through the inner solar system later this year. Images captured June 13 with Spitzer’s Infrared Array Camera indicate carbon dioxide is slowly and steadily “fizzing” away from the so-called “soda-pop comet,”…

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