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United Launch Alliance Pulls Back Curtain on New Rocket

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/04/13 07:00 CDT | 6 comments

ULA revealed its new Vulcan rocket system today, an Atlas and Delta mashup the company says will increase power, lower costs and broaden mission capabilities.

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Meet NASA's Winning Asteroid Redirect Spacecraft, and the Asteroid It May Visit

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/03/25 05:52 CDT | 6 comments

NASA has decided to pluck a small boulder off a large asteroid, instead of bagging an entire asteroid outright, the agency announced Wednesday.

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Interview with an SLS Engineer: How Booster Test May Help Drive Golden Spike for Interplanetary Railroad

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/03/10 02:59 CDT

With NASA and Orbital ATK preparing for an important test tomorrow in Utah, an SLS engineer describes the inner workings of the vehicle's new solid rocket boosters.

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Europe's Experimental Spaceplane Completes Successful Test Flight

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/02/11 11:13 CST | 2 comments

The IXV spaceplane, designed to demonstrate reentry technologies, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean this morning after a successful, 100-minute test flight.

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Two Days, Two Launches and Three Landings

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/02/09 04:38 CST | 4 comments

Within a two-day span, two rocket launches and three ocean landings are scheduled—one of which involves an autonomous spaceport drone ship.

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Commercial Crew Rivalries: Fun to Watch, Everybody Wins

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/01/28 05:30 CST | 1 comments

Now that Boeing and SpaceX have won the high-profile privilege of carrying astronauts to the ISS, they must start making public appearances as reluctant equals.

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Watch the Incredible 'Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly' of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/01/16 10:01 CST | 13 comments

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has released four images of the company's Falcon 9 rocket impacting its drone ship landing pad in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Reconstructing What Happened at Sea, as Dragon Arrives at Station

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/01/12 12:13 CST | 1 comments

Following a routine two-day voyage, SpaceX's Dragon capsule pulled in to port at the International Space Station. Meanwhile, tweets from CEO Elon Musk give clues on what happened at sea.

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NASA Completes First Test Firing of SLS Core Stage Engine (Updated)

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/01/09 11:59 CST

NASA completed a 500-second test firing of the RS-25 engine, which will power the core stage of the Space Launch System.

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NASA Delays Asteroid Redirect Mission Concept Selection until 2015

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/12/17 05:35 CST | 1 comments

NASA's efforts to capture a near-Earth asteroid and tow it back to lunar orbit will have to wait a little bit longer for a final mission concept.

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United Launch Alliance Answers Burning Questions about Orion's Rocket

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/11/26 11:28 CST

When Orion launches next week, you may notice something alarming: The spacecraft's rocket sort of catches itself on fire. But not to worry, says United Launch Alliance.

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A Rich Potpourri of Future Mission Concepts

Posted by Van Kane on 2014/11/26 05:01 CST

The past few months have brought announcements for new missions from India and China as well as a wealth of creative ideas for future missions.

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How NASA Plans to Land Humans on Mars

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/11/20 04:04 CST | 1 comments

On the surface, NASA's humans to Mars plans seem vague and disjointed. But that's because the agency is playing the long game. Right now, it may be the only game they can play.

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Planetary Science Gets Its Day in Congress
Watch our President testify on Sept. 10th

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2014/09/09 04:45 CDT

Watch Planetary Society President Jim Bell testify before a congressional subcommittee on Wednesday, September 10th.

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The latest on NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/06/23 06:01 CDT | 3 comments

During televised updates on June 18 and 19, NASA showcased its progress on Orion and ARM. Here's the latest news.

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The Planetary Society Supports NASA's Asteroid Initiative
But we need to know the cost

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2014/05/27 01:02 CDT | 22 comments

The Planetary Society strongly supports NASA's asteroid initiative, including the goal of redirecting an asteroid to the vicinity of the Moon. But an independent cost estimate is needed, and needed soon.

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Bringing Orion Home: How the U.S. Navy will pluck our future astronauts from the sea

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/02/14 12:16 CST | 19 comments

When our future astronauts splash down into the Pacific Ocean aboard an Orion capsule, Mike Generale, NASA, and the U.S. Navy will be waiting for them.

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Shaping the Search for Life

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/01/14 09:24 CST | 1 comments

A short film on the Giant Magellan Telescope, which could revolutionize exoplanet research and shape the search for life in the Universe.

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NASA Just Cancelled its Advanced Spacecraft Power Program
The Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator was to use less Plutonium for cheaper missions.

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/11/15 04:06 CST | 32 comments

The Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Program (ASRG) was just cancelled by NASA. This was to be the saving grace for Plutonium-238 availability, as it was a much more efficient way to generate electricity than classic RTG systems.

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Europe Bypasses Solar System for Upcoming Science Missions

Posted by Van Kane on 2013/11/06 08:44 CST | 3 comments

The European Space Agency has selected two astrophysics observatories as its next large science missions, overlooking every proposed planetary mission. ESA's current selection of planetary missions, however, means it will still be a major player in solar system exploration for the next two decades.

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