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Planetary Projects and Human Spaceflight

by Jason Davis

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LightSail Readiness Tests Prepare Team for Mission Operations

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/04/24 12:36 CDT | 2 comments

The LightSail team continues to prepare for the spacecraft's May test flight with a series of readiness simulations that mimic on-orbit operations.

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Dragon Launches to Station, but Falcon Doesn't Stick Landing

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/04/14 03:53 CDT | 5 comments

SpaceX's ISS-bound Dragon spacecraft is in orbit, but the drone ship landing of the company's Falcon 9 rocket was unsuccessful.

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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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LightSail Launch Delayed until at least May 20

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/04/13 10:40 CDT

The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft will have to wait at least two more weeks before setting sail on its maiden voyage.

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To Recover First Stage, Just Read the Instructions

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/04/10 04:01 CDT | 2 comments

SpaceX is gearing up for a second attempt to land the spent first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket on a ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Your First Timeline of Events for LightSail's Test Flight

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/03/30 10:29 CDT

The team behind The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft is kicking off a series of simulations to ensure the spacecraft’s ground systems are ready for launch.

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In Pictures: One-Year ISS Mission Begins

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/03/28 12:04 CDT | 1 comment

The one-year ISS mission of Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko began with an early morning launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

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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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One-Year ISS Mission Preview: 28 Experiments, 4 Expeditions and 2 Crew Members

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/03/25 10:13 CDT

This Friday, astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will embark for a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station.

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Desert Moon, Narrated by Former Astronaut Mark Kelly, Now Available Online

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/03/23 10:00 CDT | 1 comment

Desert Moon, a 35-minute documentary that tells the story of Dr. Gerard Kuiper and the dawn of planetary science, is now available online.

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