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Blue Origin Lands Spent Suborbital Rocket Stage in Texas

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/11/24 10:24 CST | 2 comments

Secretive spaceflight company Blue Origin flew its New Shepard launch vehicle to the edge of space, deployed a suborbital spacecraft and returned the spent booster rocket to Earth for an upright landing.

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At NASA's Johnson Space Center, Preparing for the Future of Human Spaceflight

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/11/18 12:00 CST | 1 comments

As NASA kicks off a multi-decadal effort to send humans to Mars, the agency's traditional human spaceflight centers have had to adapt to new challenges—often more programmatic than technical.

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A Day in the Solar System: 28 October 2015

Posted by Bill Dunford on 2015/11/09 07:44 CST | 5 comments

On October 28th, the Cassini spacecraft flew through the geyser plume of Saturn's moon Enceladus. But Cassini was not the only spacecraft operating in the solar system that day.

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In Pictures: Orion, SLS Hardware on the Move

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/11/06 11:53 CST

November is shaping up to be a busy month for Orion and Space Launch System hardware. A human-rated flight engine is in the test stand at Stennis Space Center, and a version of Orion's service module is getting ready to cross the Atlantic.

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On Station's 15th Anniversary, A Look at Astronaut Utilization

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/11/04 11:47 CST

An analysis by The Planetary Society shows that in the post-space shuttle era, NASA astronauts spend roughly 33 percent less time aboard the International Space Station than their Russian counterparts.

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At Mars Workshop, Science and Human Spaceflight Find Common Ground

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/10/29 11:33 CDT | 2 comments

An update from NASA’s First Human Landing Sites/Exploration Zones on Mars Workshop at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas.

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Where Should Humans Land on Mars? Workshop to Discuss Possibilities

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/10/27 10:30 CDT | 20 comments

This week in Houston, Texas, scientists are gathering to discuss where humans should first land and explore on the surface of Mars.

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SLS Sheds White Paint, Completes Critical Design Review

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/10/22 01:06 CDT | 6 comments

NASA's Space Launch System officially shed the core stage's white paint job in favor of the vehicle's natural, orange-colored insulation.

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Enhanced Cygnus Arrives at KSC ahead of Atlas V-powered Cargo Run

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/10/20 12:37 CDT | 2 comments

Orbital ATK is a month-and-a-half away from resuming cargo runs to the International Space Station.

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NASA's Journey to Mars Report: A Plan to Form a Strategy for a Concept

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/10/12 05:04 CDT | 6 comments

NASA released a much-anticipated strategy document outlining the agency's next steps for getting humans to Mars, but the report lacks details. What should we make of it?

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Telerobotics: Unifying Human and Robotic Spaceflight

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/10/08 06:03 CDT | 2 comments

Telerobotics—with humans nearby—just might be the perfect unification of human and robotic spaceflight. Two groups at NASA and ESA are working to make this fledgling technology commonplace.

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Thousands of Photos by Apollo Astronauts now on Flickr

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/10/02 10:49 CDT | 2 comments

A cache of more than 8,400 unedited, high-resolution photos taken by Apollo astronauts during trips to the moon is now available for viewing and download on Flickr.

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Cargo Craft Completes Six-Hour Schlep to ISS

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/10/01 05:59 CDT

A Russian cargo craft laden with more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies arrived at the International Space Station today.

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Mars Week Continues: We've Released Our 'Humans Orbiting Mars' Workshop Report

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/09/29 04:08 CDT | 2 comments

Learn all about a sustainable, affordable path to get humans to the Red Planet—a path that goes through Mars orbit and Phobos.

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Orion Enters Fabrication Phase, but Possible Launch Slip Looms

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/09/16 03:03 CDT

NASA's Orion spacecraft has officially moved from preliminary design to fabrication, but the agency says the first crewed flight of the vehicle could slip two years, from 2021 to 2023.

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Veteran Spacefarer, 2 Rookies Return to Earth

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/09/12 08:58 CDT | 1 comments

A three-person crew commanded by humanity's most experienced space traveler is back on Earth today.

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Swapped Soyuz Set for Friday Return

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/09/11 04:01 CDT

Gennady Padalka, Andreas Mogensen and Aidyn Aimbetov are set to return to Earth Friday after the station's one-year crew received a fresh Soyuz spacecraft.

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Ten-day Taxi Trip to International Space Station Underway

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/09/02 12:18 CDT

A ten-day International Space Station taxi flight is underway following the Wednesday liftoff of a three-person crew from Kazahkstan.

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Dropping Orion in the Desert: NASA Completes Key Parachute Test

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/08/27 01:05 CDT | 2 comments

NASA’s Orion spacecraft completed a key parachute test Aug. 26 at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona.

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An August Moment to Check in on NASA’s Budget and Future

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/08/20 06:42 CDT | 1 comments

It’s August. Congress is out of session. Things are quiet. It’s as good a time as any to check in on several issues we’ve been following here at the Society, particularly with NASA’s budget prospects for the year and the future of human spaceflight policy.

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