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Soyuz TMA-18M launches on two day trip to ISS


A Russian Soyuz FG rocket has launched the Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft on the latest mission to the International Space Station at 04:37 GMT (00:37 EDT) on Wednesday. Soyuz…

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Enhanced Cygnus to help Orbital ATK meet CRS contract by 2017


The first flight of Orbital ATK’s Enhanced Cygnus resupply craft for the International Space Station is set to launch in December atop an Atlas V rocket. Helping Orbital ATK return…

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Russian institute plans all-female simulated moon mission for end of 2015


Following from their Mars-500 “long duration” simulation in 2011-2012, the Institute of Biomedical Problems in Moscow, Russia, has announced plans to perform an all-female simulated eight-day lunar circumnavigation…

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Mission to Phobos – The precursor to human Mars landing


The next great adventures for human space exploration have been touted as missions to asteroids and to the Martian surface. But a new presentation by NASA has revealed a line…

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Safety first: Ten years since STS-114’s return to flight misssion


Ten years ago today, the Space Shuttle Discovery left the Kennedy Space Center on STS-114. The flight, filled with hopes, aspirations, and emotions, marked the first step in returning the Shuttle to…

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Returning the Shuttle to flight: STS-114’s evolution from Columbia


STS-114 was the Shuttle mission that returned NASA to active flight status following the tragic loss of Columbia. But STS-114, more than any other flight of its time,…

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New Horizons conducts flyby of Pluto in historic Kuiper Belt encounter


Humanity has visited the dwarf planet Pluto – the first-ever Kuiper Belt Object visited by a spacecraft – as NASA’s New Horizons probe cruised by the space body…

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Indian PSLV launches five British satellites


The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) conducted its thirtieth flight on Friday evening local time, deploying five British satellites into a Sun-Synchronous orbit….

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Captain Cassidy – From Navy SEAL to Chief of the Astronaut Office


US Navy Captain Chris Cassidy, once described as “Chuck Norris, minus the restrictions of gravity”, has become the new Chief of the Astronaut Office. Capt. Cassidy amassed 182…

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World launch markets look toward rocket reusability


What was once thought to be a pipe dream of having a reusable system of rocket and rocket components to reduce the overall cost of spaceflight is now…

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TRMM spacecraft completes destructive re-entry over South Indian Ocean


A long-serving Earth observation satellite has succumb to a fiery demise via an uncontrolled destructive re-entry on Tuesday. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) spacecraft – a joint mission…

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NASA looks to in-situ resource use for deep space missions and crews


NASA is exploring a shift toward the development of technologies for In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) – a development that could allow crews to make use of natural resources…

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Heritage hardware: Testing the hydrogen burn off system for SLS


As NASA continues development of its new heavy lift Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, testing of the vehicle’s various launch support systems, including the all-important hydrogen burn-off system,…

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EFT-1 Orion inspections provide vital MMOD information


A forensic level investigation into the condition of the Thermal Protection System (TPS) on the Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) Orion has evaluated the level of MicroMeteoroid and…

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Evaluating NASA’s Futuristic EM Drive


A group at NASA’s Johnson Space Center has successfully tested an electromagnetic (EM) propulsion drive in a vacuum – a major breakthrough for a multi-year international effort comprising…

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PSLV launches with IRNSS-1D to open India’s 2015 campaign


India has continued deployment of its IRNSS navigation system Saturday, with the launch of the fourth satellite atop a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from the Satish Dhawan Space…

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NASA dreams of future Morpheus project templates


NASA’s Morpheus team have completed a review of its operations, following the conclusion of its test program. This week’s overview – which also hinted at the possibility of a…

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Dawn completes historic arrival at Ceres


NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has completed its historic arrival at the dwarf planet Ceres. With the completion of a multi-year mission and journey, Dawn slipped into Ceres orbit on…

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Curiosity confirms organics on Mars; Opportunity’s 10 year anniversary


Mars dominated planetary research headlines in 2014 as an international fleet of orbiters and NASA’s two rovers returned unparalleled scientific research on the Red Planet. In 2014, scientists…

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MESSENGER and Cassini’s landmark discoveries in 2014


For NASA, 2014 marked the 10th anniversary of MESSENGER in space and the tenth anniversary of Cassini at Saturn. Throughout the year, the two probes returned valuable scientific…