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MRO: Enters Mars Orbit


NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has successfully entered an elliptical orbit around the planet, following a seven month voyage. Cheers went up at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)…

MRO launches for Mars


A space mission which could uncover Britain’s lost Mars probe Beagle 2 has blasted off into space, on top of an Atlas V rocket. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter…

MRO set for launch to Mars Wednesday


A year and a half after twin robot rovers thrilled space fans with their hijinks on Mars, NASA is heading there again. A fourth Mars orbiter is set…

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Piecing together NASA’s crewed Deep Space spacecraft


The first Orion spacecraft that will be capable of transporting NASA astronauts into deep space is now being constructed. Although it won’t launch until 2022 at the earliest,…

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Chute tests for Starliner as ASAP worry about RD-180 certification


Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft is progressing through a series of parachute drop tests, refining the technology for returning the spacecraft back home safely. However, NASA’s safety advisory body has…

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YIR II: Curiosity & Opportunity – Revelations, pushing the limits of longevity


From the orbits of the inner solar system to the surface of Mars.  For Curiosity and Opportunity, 2016 continued the rovers’ revelations of the mysteries of the Martian surface…

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Year In Review (I): Planetary orbit successes mark inner solar system returns


Throughout the inner solar system in 2016, NASA, ESA, JAXA, Roscosmos, and ISRO built upon their prior year successes and demonstrated a coordinated and cooperative approach toward advancing…

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Atlas V launches WorldView-4 out of Vandenberg


The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket – interrupted by a wildfire – finally conducted a rare commercial launch on Friday, tasked with orbiting the WorldView-4 Earth-imaging…

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Schiaparelli landing data to aid ExoMars 2020 rover


While the final result was not as intended, data from the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander, which failed to make a successful soft landing on the surface of…

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ExoMars completes crucial orbit insertion, hope lost for lander


After a seven month cruise between worlds, ESA and Russia’s Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and the Italian Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander arrived for their crucial orbit insertion burn (TGO)…

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Atlas V begins OSIRIS-REx’s round trip to the asteroid Bennu


NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has began a seven-year round trip to the asteroid Bennu on Thursday, beginning its journey via a launch aboard the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas…

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Pad hardware changes preview new era for Space Coast


Ongoing work at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral is continuing to lay the groundwork to once again launch American astronauts from home soil. While the huge…

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NASA seeks to boost Mars communication network ahead of human missions


As part of its increasing dedication and ramp up of activities at the red planet, NASA has announced a solicitation of ideas for a new Mars orbiter in…

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Proton-M successfully launches first ExoMars spacecraft


Europe’s ExoMars orbiter has begun its journey to the Red Planet on Monday with its launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome atop a Russian Proton-M rocket. The first of…

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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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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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Canaveral and KSC pads: New designs for space access


For the past several years, the historic launch pads at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, have undergone sweeping changes as the conclusion of the Space Shuttle program brought…

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NASA confirms present-day salt water flows on Mars


It was a search hundreds of years old. On Monday, NASA announced what so many have sought for so long – a groundbreaking discovery by the Mars Reconnaissance…

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ATK expand on its domestic alternative to Atlas V’s RD-180


ATK has provided additional details about its domestic alternative to the Russian-built RD-180 engine currently in use on the venerable Atlas V rocket of United Launch Alliance (ULA)….

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MAVEN arrives at Mars for atmospheric study mission


After a 10 month journey between planets, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft has arrived at the Mars on Sunday, 21 September 2014 for a mission dedicated to detailed exploration of the Martian…