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J-2X: A Distant Dot Lights Up the Night

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/07/18 09:51 CDT | 3 comments

On Tuesday, NASA released new high-definition video of a June 26 nighttime J-2X engine test at Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi.

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Spacewalk ends early following helmet water leak

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/07/16 12:09 CDT

A spacewalk outside the International Space Station Tuesday ended early after a water leak inside astronaut Luca Parmitano’s helmet created a potentially dangerous situation.

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In-flight entertainment: cameras aboard the Space Launch System

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/07/09 06:04 CDT | 1 comments

When the Space Launch System lifts off on its inaugural flight in 2017, eight engineering cameras will collect crucial in-flight data while providing breathtaking views for the public.

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A patriotic return to space

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/07/03 07:03 CDT

When Space Shuttle Discovery launched on its 1988 return-to-flight mission, it was a big moment for NASA and America.

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Deflecting the flames of a monster rocket

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/07/01 12:24 CDT | 3 comments

Work continues to prepare Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39B for the Space Launch System, as a flame trench deflector originally built for the Space Shuttle is removed.

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Astrophotographer captures 'Heavenly Palace' transiting the Sun

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/06/24 10:56 CDT | 1 comments

Astrophotographer Thierry Legault captured a striking image set of Chinese spacecraft Tiangong 1 and Shenzhou 10 transiting the Sun.

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If we started today, how long would it take to get to Mars? With this budget, never.
Analysis of the House Science Committee Hearing on the 2013 NASA Authorization Bill

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/06/19 04:38 CDT | 6 comments

The House of Representatives held a hearing today to discuss their proposed NASA authorization bill, which would fund Planetary Science, cut Earth Science, forbid asteroid retrieval, and command NASA to pursue a path to Mars via the Moon.

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Express Soyuz sends new crew to station

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/05/29 08:21 CDT | 1 comments

Fyodor Yurchikhin, Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano lifted off in their Soyuz TMA-09M at 4:31 p.m. EDT and arrived at the International Space Station six hours later.

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Report from the Starship Century Conference: Tuesday

Posted by Jon Lomberg on 2013/05/22 06:54 CDT | 5 comments

This week Jon Lomberg is attending the Starship Century conference, which brings together scientists, writers, and futurists to imagine the future of interstellar travel. Here he reports on presentations by Freeman Dyson, Peter Schwartz, Robert Zubrin, Geoff Landis, Neal Stephenson, and Patti Grace Smith.

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Soyuz capsule carrying Hadfield and company lands safely in Kazakhstan

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/05/14 11:15 CDT | 2 comments

A Soyuz capsule carrying Roman Romanenko, Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn landed safely in Kazhakstan after 146 days in space.

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Station suffers ammonia leak; Saturday spacewalk likely (rolling updates)

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/05/10 01:25 CDT | 2 comments

Following an ammonia leak reported Thursday morning, NASA is planning a spacewalk to investigate a radiator on the P6 truss.

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Mars One astronaut selection announcement

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/04/21 08:29 CDT | 26 comments

Today I am on my way to New York City, where I will be serving as the moderator for Mars One's first press briefing.

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Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of Columbia Disaster from a Science Investigator

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2013/02/01 11:02 CST

David Warmflash, who organized a science (and peace) experiment with the Planetary Society for the ill fated STS-107 Columbia mission, reflects on that tragic day ten years ago.

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Columbia, ten years on

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/02/01 11:47 CST

Remembering Rick Husband, William McCool, Michael Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David Brown, Laurel Clark, and Ilan Ramon on the tenth anniversary of the loss of the space shuttle Columbia.

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Human spaceflight update: the modules edition

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/01/16 10:41 CST | 2 comments

NASA made Wednesday a big day for human spaceflight following the official announcements of two new partnerships with Bigelow Aerospace and the European Space Agency.

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Crazy Far

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2013/01/14 02:37 CST | 13 comments

Louis Friedman discusses what he expects to be the future of space exploration. According to him, it won't be in manned missions, but in remote, virtual exploration available to anybody.

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New crew arrives at station for holidays

Posted by Jason Davis on 2012/12/21 11:26 CST

The ISS is back to a six-person crew following the arrival of NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield and Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Roman Romanenko.

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Planetary Society Weekly Hangout, Thu Dec 20 1200PT/2000UT: Making Titan in the laboratory with Sarah Hörst

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/12/19 10:06 CST | 3 comments

Join us for our weekly Google+ Hangout Thursday at noon PT / 2000 UT. This week, I'm excited to have as a guest Sarah Hörst. Sarah is a postdoc at the University of Colorado whose current line of research involves experimental work on the complex atmospheric chemistry of Titan. She is also applying to be an astronaut!

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Chilly liftoff sends veteran crew into orbit

Posted by Jason Davis on 2012/12/19 07:47 CST | 3 comments

Three veteran space travelers are safely in orbit following a 6:12 p.m. (7:12 a.m. EST, 1212 UTC) liftoff from Baikonur, Kazhakstan Wednesday.

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Forty years after Apollo 17's final footsteps

Posted by Andrew Chaikin on 2012/12/14 01:48 CST | 2 comments

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the last human footsteps on the Moon. In my latest video I look back at Apollo 17 and explain why I believe the Moon is the solar system's "jewel in the crown," beckoning us to return.

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