Category Archives: NASA

NASA Awards Commercial Crew Certification Contracts

NASA announced December 10th the next step in its plan to launch American astronauts from U.S. soil, selecting three companies to conduct activities under contracts that will enable future certification of commercial spacecraft as safe to carry humans to the … Continue reading

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Britain Adds Funds to Repurpose ESA ATV as Orion Service Module

European Space Agency (ESA) Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Image Credit: ESA / CNES / Arianespace / Photo optique video du CSG The European Space Agency (ESA) announced they will inform NASA they are ready to build an ATV derived Service … Continue reading

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The Return of the Dragon

NASA press release about the successful completion of the first commercial resupply mission the the International Space Station: RELEASE: 12-381 SPACEX DRAGON RETURNS FROM SPACE STATION WITH NASA CARGO HOUSTON — A Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft splashed down … Continue reading

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Dragon – "The Ice Cream Truck Has Arrived"

At 3:56 AM Pacific Daylight time, Wednesday 10 October, the SpaceX Dragon space craft was successfully grappled by the Canadarm on the International Space Station (ISS). Referring to the fact that Dragon is capable of carrying powered equipment to and … Continue reading

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Earth Illuminated: ISS Time-lapse Photography

We recommend switching to HD full screen for this video if your bandwidth allows. From high above the Earth, the International Space Station (ISS) provides a unique vantage point to view our home planet. Stunning time-lapse photography of cities, aurora, … Continue reading

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Seeking Your Input on NASA’s Plans, Programs and Priorities

Here’s your opportunity to contribute to the future direction of NASA’s plans, programs and priorities, in a study directed by Congress and led by the National Academies. This is your space program and your future. What do you have to … Continue reading

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Successful Landing of Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity) Rover – Historic Next Step in Mars Exploration

The successful landing of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover, Curiosity, early Monday morning marks a significant and historic achievement on the way to the eventual human exploration of Mars. “Curiosity’s successful landing demonstrates the feasibility of delivering ever-heavier payloads … Continue reading

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NSS Congratulates Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) Participants

The National Space Society (NSS) congratulates Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), The Boeing Company (Boeing), and Sierra Nevada Corporation (Sierra Nevada) on their selection by NASA as Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) participants. Through its CCiCap initiative, NASA seeks to … Continue reading

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NASA Announces Next Steps in Effort to Launch Americans from U.S. Soil

NASA Friday announced new agreements with three American commercial companies to design and develop the next generation of U.S. human spaceflight capabilities, enabling a launch of astronauts from U.S. soil in the next five years. Advances made by these companies … Continue reading

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Sally Kristen Ride, 1951 – 2012

Sally Ride died peacefully on July 23rd, 2012 after a courageous 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Sally lived her life to the fullest, with boundless energy, curiosity, intelligence, passion, joy, and love. Her integrity was absolute; her spirit was immeasurable; … Continue reading

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