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U.S. debates Atlas V RD-180 engine ban, ULA’s non-bid for military launch


The U.S. Congress is debating the reinstatement of a purchasing ban on Russian RD-180 engines – the heart of the Atlas V core stage.  Congress lifted that ban in…

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Eyes in the sky capture historic US snowstorm


The NPOESS Preparatory Project (Suomi) and the Landsat-8 satellites have been keeping a close eye on the major snowstorm that impacted millions of Americans over the weekend.  NPP…

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U.S. Presidential candidates weigh in on space program


The 2016 United States Presidential primary races will see their first round of voting on February 1st when the Iowa Caucuses allow voters to make their first official…

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Year In Review, Part 3: The Waters of Mars herald future exploration goals


With the abundance of discoveries in planetary science this year, none was truly more important to the future of human exploration of other planets than the long-awaited confirmation…

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Year In Review, Part 2: Planetary science sees ends and new beginnings


Year 2015 was yet another banner stretch for planetary exploration. The year saw the farewell of NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft at Mercury, the delayed arrival of JAXA’s Akatsuki at…

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Year In Review, Part 1: To the edge of the solar system and beyond


Space exploration in 2015 was an unprecedented series of firsts and major achievements. But for NASA and the world’s space communities, nothing quite captured the spirit and excitement…

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Arianespace Soyuz ST-B successfully launches Galileo duo


An Arianespace Soyuz ST-B launched with another pair of Galileo satellites from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Thursday. The launch of the FM08 and FM09 satellites…

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Indian PSLV lofts six Singaporean satellites


Making the country’s fifth launch of the year, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) has orbited six Singaporean satellites – led by the TeLEOS-1 spacecraft – on Wednesday…

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Virgin Galactic unveils Cosmic Girl, dedicated LauncherOne aircraft


Virgin Galactic – part of the Virgin corporation headed by Sir Richard Branson – has unveiled their new LauncherOne system’s dedicated aircraft at the company’s facility in San…

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NASA to begin testing Orion’s European Service Module


NASA is nearly ready to begin testing of a core component of the Orion spacecraft. A structural test version of the European Service Module has arrived in the…

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NASA awards contracts for deep-space advanced propulsion systems


NASA has awarded contracts to three American propulsion companies to aid the U.S. federal space agency with the development of advanced deep-space Electric Propulsion systems – including VASIMR…

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VAB receiving fire suppression system upgrades


Kennedy Space Center’s iconic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) is continuing its preparations to host the Space Launch System (SLS) and commercial rockets, with modifications from the ground up….

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Scientists explore preliminary data from New Horizons’ Pluto-Charon flyby


Over two months after its historic flyby of Pluto, New Horizons is sending back a stream of data, helping its science teams answer outstanding questions about the dwarf planetary system and explore…

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Virgin Galactic’s LauncherOne to utilize a dedicated aircraft


Due to customer demand, Virgin Galactic claims it has nearly doubled the amount of payload that customers can deliver to orbit on its LauncherOne system – ranging from…

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CST-100 named Starliner; Boeing reveals processing facility at Kennedy


Boeing has officially revealed the name for its CST-100 capsule that will ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The capsule, Starliner, will…

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Soyuz TMA-18M docks to increase ISS crew size to nine


The Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft has docked with the International Space Station on Friday, following its Wednesday launch via a Soyuz FG rocket. Soyuz TMA-18M delivered one new Expedition crewmember…

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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…