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Planetary Projects and Human Spaceflight

by Jason Davis

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LightSail Gets Backup Burn Wire for 2016 Mission

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/09/25 04:30 CDT | 2 comments

LightSail's burn wire, the mission-critical component responsible for releasing the spacecraft's solar panels, will get a backup ahead of next year's solar sailing mission.

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How to Download Weather Satellite Images from Space

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/09/21 10:46 CDT | 2 comments

For less than $50, you can download images from NOAA satellites using your laptop and a small radio antenna.

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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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Blue Origin to Launch Rockets from Cape Canaveral

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/09/16 10:04 CDT

Spaceflight company Blue Origin plans to launch its orbital rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the company revealed Tuesday.

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In Pictures: A Partial Solar Eclipse from Space

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/09/15 10:06 CDT

Two sun-observing spacecraft in Earth orbit captured images of a partial solar eclipse Sunday morning.

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Veteran Spacefarer, 2 Rookies Return to Earth

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

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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Pretty Picture: A Sweeping View of the Martian South Pole

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/09/10 11:56 CDT | 1 comment

The European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft captured a sweeping view of Mars' south pole, along with a region extending northward to Hellas Basin.

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A Kilometer Per Day: LightSail Mission Managers Refine Orbit-Raising Plan

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/09/04 04:04 CDT | 6 comments

LightSail will spiral away from Earth by about one kilometer per day, according to the latest orbital estimates by Georgia Tech's Space Systems Design Laboratory.

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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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