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ET-94 arrives into Los Angeles for road trip to California Science Center


External Tank 94 is in the final stretch of its voyage from New Orleans, Louisiana, to its new home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Towed…

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The Challenger seven remembered 30 years after STS-51L


Today marks the 30th anniversary of the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger and her seven crewmembers in the skies over Florida. As the world memorializes the tragic event of January 28, 1986,…

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NASA defends decision to restart RS-25 production, rejects alternatives


NASA has issued a lengthy explanation behind the decision to contract Aerojet Rocketdyne to restart production of the RS-25 engine, mainly centering on the claim it is less…

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Hugh Harris – The Voice of Shuttle Launch Control – Reflects


The voice of Hugh Harris provided countdown commentary for the brave new era of the Space Shuttle Program during his illustrious NASA career. Mr. Harris confirmed liftoff to…

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Continuous habitation of ISS: 15 years from Expedition 1


On 2 November 2000, the Expedition 1 crew to the International Space Station docked with the rapidly growing orbital outpost to begin what has become an uninterrupted 15 years of…

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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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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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Available to Rent: One VAB High Bay, three Mobile Launcher Platforms


The Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is continuing its drive to attract new commercial partners by offering the use of a High Bay inside the famous Vehicle Assembly Building…

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Stennis fires up RS-25 engine as Shuttle veterans prepare for SLS role


With three years to go until the debut launch of the Space Launch System (SLS), RS-25 engine E0525 conducted its third SLS-related firing this week, part of a…

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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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Hubble anniversary honors Shuttle’s important legacy


The Space Shuttle achieved many historic milestones during its 30 year career, with Friday marking one of the more famous – the 25th anniversary of Discovery launch with the…

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NASA ready to power up the RS-25 engines for SLS


NASA is finally ready to begin the test fire and development program for the engines that will push the Space Launch System (SLS) uphill in 2018 and beyond….

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Josh Byerly shares his experiences on being a voice for NASA


Former NASA Public Affairs Officer (PAO) Josh Byerly has talked openly about the public and private process of providing live, continuous, and accurate commentary of high-pressure moments in…

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Pad 39A – SpaceX laying the groundwork for Falcon Heavy debut


SpaceX has confirmed it is now into the construction phase of converting Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39A for its Falcon Heavy debut, with a large amount of work…

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Dream Chaser lines up network of public airport landing options


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has presented an overview on the wealth of potential landing site options available to its Dream Chaser spacecraft, outlining how the company could add…

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NASA evaluating MMOD strike damage on ISS radiator panel


International Space Station (ISS) managers are currently evaluating what appear to be MicroMeteoroid and Orbital Debris (MMOD) impact to a panel on the Potential P4 Photovoltaic Radiator (PVR). While the situation…

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SMAT firings ramp up for SLS acoustic testing


The mini-me version of the Space Launch System (SLS) is now being put through its paces as part of the Scale Model Acoustic Test (SMAT) program. The heavily…

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RS-25 Second Life: SLS Core Stage engine set for summer testing


The RS-25 – the engine that enjoyed a hugely successful career with the Space Shuttle fleet – is set to begin its new life with the Space Launch…

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Honoring the heroes – Respecting their legacy


This time of year marks the anniversaries of the three major US space tragedies that are forever a painful reminder of the risks associated with space exploration. The…