Category Archives: NASA

SpaceX Completes Successful COTS 2,3 Mission

The Dragon Spacecraft Floating in the Pacific Ocean Image Credit: Michael Altenhofen / SpaceX The Dragon spacecraft successfully completed all mission objectives and floats quietly in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico following reentry and splashdown. SpaceX announced: … Continue reading

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NASA Administrator Places Call to ISS Following SpaceX Historic Feat

25 May 2012 WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden offered his congratulations to the International Space Station Expedition 31 crew and mission flight control teams at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., following Friday’s … Continue reading

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"We've Got a Dragon by the Tail"

At 9:56 AM EDT (1356 UTC), the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) successfully grappled the Dragon spacecraft. This is the first commercial spacecraft to reach the International Space Station. Additional manipulations are required to berth the Dragon to a … Continue reading

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Dragon Flies Under the International Space Station

Dragon Solar Panels Visible Image Credit: NASA TV This image was captured moments before ISS contact was lost. Several minutes later, Dragon crossed directly under the International Space Station and disappeared into the shadow of the Earth. All tests so … Continue reading

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SpaceX Launches Dragon Toward ISS

Falcon 9 Ignition Image Credit: NASA TV Falcon 9 Liftoff Image Credit: NASA TV Falcon 9 Ascent Image Credit: NASA TV Falcon 9 Downrange Image Credit: NASA TV Falcon 9 Separation of the Second Stage Image Credit: NASA TV Falcon … Continue reading

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White House Opposes House Restrictions on Commercial Crew Program

On May 7 the Executive Office of the President Office of Management and Budget issued a Statement of Administration Policy on H.R. 5326 − Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013. The statement included the following section on … Continue reading

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Amateur Astronomers Will Help ‘Target Asteroids!’

A new NASA outreach project will enlist the help of amateur astronomers to discover near-Earth objects (NEOs) and study their characteristics. NEOs are asteroids with orbits that occasionally bring them close to the Earth. The amateur astronomers are about to … Continue reading

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Edoardo Amaldi Resuppy Mission to the ISS

ATV-3 Inside Fairing Image Credit: ESA Previously delayed, the European Space Agency is ready to launch the Edoardo Amaldi this evening. The mission is to provide supplies to the International Space Station, including a spare Fluids Control Pump Assembly (FCPA). … Continue reading

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NSS Salutes John Glenn on 50th Anniversary of Friendship 7 Space Flight

The National Space Society salutes former astronaut and member of the NSS Board of Governors, John Glenn, Jr., on the 50th anniversary of his historic flight as the first American to orbit the Earth.  On February 20, 1962 Glenn boarded … Continue reading

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NASA Events And Future Forum Mark 50 Years Of Americans In Orbit

Feb. 16, 2012 WASHINGTON — Feb. 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the day in 1962 when U.S. Sen. John Glenn piloted his Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first U.S. orbital. In the next two weeks, NASA Television will broadcast … Continue reading

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