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Planetary Projects and Human Spaceflight

by Jason Davis

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LightSail Gets Burn Wire Redesign for Round 2 of Vibration Tests

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/11/13 04:51 CST | 7 comments

The Planetary Society's LightSail-A spacecraft is less than three weeks away from an expected go/no-go decision on whether the CubeSat will be launched into space for a shakedown cruise next year.

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In Pictures: Expedition 41 Crew Returns to Earth

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/11/10 09:33 CST

The crew of Expedition 41 is safely back on Earth following a 165-day stay aboard the International Space Station.

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An Early Preview of Orion's Maiden Voyage

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/11/07 11:24 CST | 4 comments

NASA's Orion spacecraft is just four weeks away from its first test flight. Here's an early preview of the mission.

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TPS at DPS: A Screening of Desert Moon, Advocacy with Casey Dreier, and a Sagan Lecture

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/11/06 04:00 CST | 3 comments

The Planetary Society will be well-represented at next week's Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Tucson, Ariz.

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SpaceShipTwo Feathering System Prematurely Deployed before Fatal Breakup

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/11/03 11:33 CST | 1 comment

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo disintegrated shortly after the space plane's tail stabilizers prematurely deployed, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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[Update 1] Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Destroyed in Testing Accident, 1 Dead, 1 Injured

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/10/31 02:25 CDT | 2 comments

The private spaceflight company's spaceplane was destroyed in an accident over California's Mojave Desert.

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LightSail Vibration Test Shakes Loose New Problems

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/10/30 02:56 CDT | 2 comments

LightSail's random vibration test, meant to simulate the stress of an Atlas V rocket launch, shook loose new problems that the team will have to address.

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[Update 2] Antares Rocket Explodes Seconds after Liftoff

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/10/28 06:13 CDT | 4 comments

An Antares rocket fell back to the launch pad shortly after liftoff, exploding in a fireball that destroyed the vehicle.

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Surveyor Digitization Project Will Bring Thousands of Unseen Lunar Images to Light

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/10/24 02:03 CDT | 4 comments

A team of scientists at the University of Arizona plan to digitize 87,000 vintage images from the surface of the moon, of which less than two percent have ever been seen.

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When Good Rockets Go Bad: Orion's Launch Abort System

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/10/20 01:30 CDT | 8 comments

One of the tricky parts of launching humans into space is deciding what to do if something goes wrong. And that's where Orion's Launch Abort System comes in.

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