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Blue Origin Lands Spent Suborbital Rocket Stage in Texas

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/11/24 10:24 CST | 1 comment

Secretive spaceflight company Blue Origin flew its New Shephard 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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NASA Orders First Official SpaceX Crew Flight to ISS

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/11/23 05:13 CST | 3 comments

NASA placed its first official order for a SpaceX Crew Dragon to carry astronauts to the International Space Station, the agency announced Friday.

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Surveyor Digitization Project Hints at Long-Lost Lunar Treasures

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/11/23 10:36 CST | 6 comments

A project to digitize more than 90,000 images taken by NASA’s five Surveyor spacecraft in the 1960s has revealed early hints of never-before-seen treasures captured by America’s first robotic lunar landers.

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United Launch Alliance Unveils New CubeSat Carrier Program

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/11/19 01:14 CST

United Launch Alliance plans to include a CubeSat carrier on nearly every one of its Atlas V and Vulcan rockets starting in 2017, the company announced today.

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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 comment

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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SpaceX Completes Crew Dragon Propulsion System Development Testing

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/11/11 12:21 CST

SpaceX has completed development testing on its SuperDraco propulsion system, used to propel the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft away from a Falcon rocket in the event of a launch failure.

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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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