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Farewell, Cassini: a 20 year mission to Saturn comes to a life-protecting end


Goodbye, Cassini.  And thank you.  After a 20-year mission, 13 in orbit of Saturn, Cassini dived one last time for Saturn’s atmosphere.  Over the course of its years…

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38 years after Pioneer 11, Cassini enters final 2 weeks of Saturnian mission


Exactly 38 years to the day after Pioneer 11 became the first spacecraft to encounter the planet Saturn, NASA’s flagship mission to the ringed planet, Cassini, is entering…

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Cassini successfully navigates the ice plumes of Saturn’s moon Enceladus


Continuing its exploration at the ringed giant of the solar system, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has completed a dive through the ice plume ejecta material of the Saturnian moon…

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NASA and ESA’s Cassini spacecraft marks 10 years at Saturn


Ten years ago today (Monday, June 30), NASA made history as the Cassini spacecraft became the first human-made satellite of Saturn – beginning an orbital tenure that has…

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YIR (Part II) – Lunar and Saturnian exploration captures public’s attention


Capturing and holding the attention of the general public for space exploration purposes is often a difficult thing to achieve. But 2013 saw not only NASA but also…

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Saturn/Apollo 8mm Footage


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SpaceX launches first X-37B launch with a Falcon 9


SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket for the US military Thursday, carrying the X-37B spaceplane to orbit for its fifth mission. Liftoff for the OTV-5 mission occurred at…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launches CRS-12 Dragon mission to the ISS


SpaceX conducted its first flight from the US Eastern Range following July’s scheduled maintenance stand down on Monday, with its Falcon 9 resuming operations to deliver a Dragon…

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Pad 39B in the final stages in preparation to welcome SLS Mobile Launcher


The final work on Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39B is being conducted in line with the construction and outfitting of systems on the Mobile Launcher (ML) for the…

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Pioneer 10: first probe to leave the inner solar system & precursor to Juno


The first spacecraft to leave the inner solar system sailed into the asteroid belt 45 years ago today, 15 July 1972, on a mission that would mark many…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launches with Intelsat 35e at the third attempt


SpaceX successfully conducted the launch of an expendable Falcon 9 on Wednesday. In what was the third attempt to launch, the mission lofted the Intelsat 35e communications satellite…

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SpaceX returns two boosters, fires up a third for Static Fire test


In what is another glimpse into what could become SpaceX’s regular launch cadence, another Falcon 9 is deep into preparations for launch. Aiming to be the third Falcon…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 success with second flight involving BulgariaSat-1 mission


SpaceX launched Bulgaria’s first communications satellite on Friday – the first of two Falcon 9 launches in the space of two days – via the company’s second flight-proven…

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ASAP on board with NASA’s DSG as stepping stone to Mars


NASA’s major push towards building a new outpost near the Moon has received encouraging words from its key safety advisory body. NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) was…

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Falcon 9 launches with CRS-11 Dragon on 100th 39A launch


SpaceX launched its first re-used Dragon spacecraft aboard a Falcon 9 on Saturday, beginning the CRS-11 resupply mission to the International Space Station. The first attempt was scrubbed…

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KSC’s historic Pad 39B laying the foundations for hosting big rockets


While most of the recent attention has been on its next door neighbor, Pad 39B is making good progress towards its new role in hosting the Space Launch…

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MAF in major push to bring SLS production back to full thrust


Impacted by significant disruptions in recent months, a wide range of assembly and production work for the Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage nevertheless continues at the Michoud…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 in flawless Inmarsat-5 F4 launch


SpaceX conducted its sixth launch of the year Monday, with a Falcon 9 rocket deploying the Inmarsat-5 F4 communications satellite. Liftoff, from the Kennedy Space Center, was on…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launches first NRO mission with NROL-76


SpaceX conducted its first dedicated launch for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) on Monday, with a Falcon 9 carrying out the NROL-76 mission. Liftoff from the Kennedy…

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The Grand Finale: Cassini enters final mission


Nearly 20 years after launch and almost 13 years at the majestic ringed planet, the Cassini spacecraft is about to enter the final phase of its historic mission….