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Planetary Projects and Human Spaceflight

by Jason Davis

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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 | 21 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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LightSail Deployer Passes Prox-1 Fit Check

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/10/26 05:03 CDT

At Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo engineers loaded a P-POD replica into the partially assembled frame of the Prox-1 spacecraft. The meetup was a fit check to make sure the two pieces of hardware fit together as designed.

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SLS Sheds White Paint, Completes Critical Design Review

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/10/22 01:06 CDT | 7 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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LightSail and Prox-1 Start Testing and Integration Process

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/10/16 11:25 CDT

On opposite sides of the United States, teams are starting the testing process to prepare two spacecraft for a one-of-a-kind in-space rendezvous.

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