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Planetary Projects and Human Spaceflight

by Jason Davis

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One-year ISS mission draws to a close

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/02/25 03:46 CST

Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko are set to return to Earth next week after their record-breaking, year-long mission aboard the International Space Station.

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Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly alert: SpaceX doesn't expect to stick upcoming rocket landing

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/02/23 12:35 CST

SpaceX is launching the SES-9 communications satellite to geostationary transfer orbit. But the company says a successful first stage drone ship landing is "not expected."

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Virgin Galactic Unveils New SpaceShipTwo

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/02/19 04:19 CST | 3 comments

Nearly 16 months after Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo was destroyed in a fatal accident, the company is getting ready to fly again.

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In Pictures: Cygnus Takes out the Trash

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/02/19 01:08 CST | 1 comment

Early this morning, Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra released a trash-filled Cygnus cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station. Orbital ATK flight controllers will send Cygnus into Earth's atmosphere for a controlled reentry Saturday morning.

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SLS Mockup Finds Path through Southern U.S.

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/02/17 12:09 CST

The SLS core stage pathfinder is a 65-meter-long, full-size mockup of the actual rocket's main section. Just like SLS, building, assembling and utilizing the pathfinder involves multiple contractors and NASA centers around the southern U.S.

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SLS CubeSats to Set Sail for Deep Space

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/02/10 11:28 CST | 1 comment

When SLS launches Orion to the moon in 2018, a fleet of deep space CubeSats will come along for the ride, including a solar sailing spacecraft similar to LightSail.

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In Pictures: Orion Assembled and Shipped to Kennedy Space Center

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/02/05 10:33 CST

The shell of NASA's next Orion spacecraft has been welded together and shipped to Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Here's a photo recap of the assembly and transport process.

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First Look: Newest LightSail Spacecraft Unfurls Solar Sails

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/01/29 05:31 CST | 3 comments

The Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft successfully deployed its solar sails Thursday, wrapping up an initial round of system-level tests to prepare the CubeSat for flight.

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NASA Stays on Course for Asteroid Redirect Target

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/01/28 05:55 CST | 1 comment

NASA still plans to pluck a boulder off the surface of asteroid 2008 EV5, return it to lunar orbit and send a crew of astronauts for a visit in about ten years.

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Upgraded LightSail Software Completes First Round of Flight Testing

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/01/26 05:04 CST | 2 comments

LightSail has completed its first round of flight testing. The spacecraft is now armed with new software that will transmit almost three times as much health and status data back to Earth than it did during last year's test flight.

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