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Watch: How NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Will Survive the Sun

Parker Solar Probe

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is heading to the Sun this summer. Over the course of seven years of planned mission duration, the spacecraft will make 24 orbits of our star. On each close approach to the Sun it will sample the solar wind, study the Sun’s corona, and provide unprecedentedly close up observations from around our star — and armed with ...

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NASA Talking To Private Companies On Taking Over The International Space Station

international space station

  by Tim Pearce NASA is putting together a coalition of private companies that can run the International Space Station as a commercial space lab, The Washington Post reports. The Trump administration plans on ending direct government funding of the ISS by 2025, according to documents uncovered in February. The federal government spends about $3 billion to $4 billion a ...

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NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars

NASA is sending something to Mars that no one before has, a helicopter. The Mars Helicopter will be included in the Mars 2020 Rover mission which was announced on May 11.   Once landed, the autonomous flying rover will undergo a 30-day test cycle to understand the viability of flying a heavier-than-air craft across the Martian terrain. “NASA has a ...

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What is NASA’s InSight Mars Mission? [Launch Video and Info]

InSight, the first planetary mission to take off from the West Coast, launched at 4:05 a.m. PDT (7:05 a.m. EDT) from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. The rocket is on its way, carrying NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) to begin its ...

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NASA offers Tour of the Moon in 4K

Take a virtual tour of the Moon in all-new 4K resolution, thanks to data provided by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. As the visualization moves around the near side, far side, north and south poles, we highlight interesting features, sites, and information gathered on the lunar terrain. Music Provided By Killer Tracks: “Never Looking Back” – Frederick Wiedmann. “Flying over ...

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Watch: Trump Signs Directive to Return Men to the Moon, Mars and Beyond

Donald Trump NASA signing

President Donald Trump will sign his first space policy directive, which is widely expected to include manned missions to the moon, in a ceremony Monday. The signing ceremony is to be held on the 45th anniversary of the last manned lunar mission, Apollo 17, in 1972. Trump signed an executive order in June creating the National Space Council (NSC). Vice ...

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NASA can’t get it up – JPSS-1 Scrubbed for 3rd Time

NASA Delta II rocket

VANDENBURG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif – The JPSS-1 satellite launch that had been rescheduled for 4:47 a.m. EST Wednesday morning has been scrubbed – again. The United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket loaded with NOAA’s JPSS-1 weather satellite was originally set to launch on November 10 but was cancelled due to a faulty battery. A second attempt to put the ...

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NASA Tests RS-25 Rocket Engine – The Engine to Mars

NASA conducted a 500-second test Thursday afternoon of an upgraded Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 rocket engine that will power future spaceflights on the Space Launch System (SLS.) The test was held at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi at the A-1 test stand. What is the RS-25 Rocket Engine RS-25 liquid-fueled rocket engines feature 4 turbopumps that push massive ...

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Pence Hosts the First Meeting of the National Space Council [Live Stream]

Mike Pence - Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

Vice President Mike Pence hosts the first meeting of the National Space Council Thursday morning kicking off the Trump administration’s bid to “make America’s space program great again.” “At President Trump’s direction, the kick-off meeting of the National Space Council will bring together all aspects and sectors of the national space enterprise for the first time in a quarter-century,” said ...

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Solar Eclipse Live Stream Event

Total eclipse 2017 where to watch

NASA will host a variety of television, app-centric and social media live coverage for the first total eclipse to cross the United States in 38 years. The event will be broadcast on NASA TV (check your provider for channel), a set of NASA apps available for Android, IOS and Amazon Fire, social media and on this page here at CDN. ...

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NASA offers safety tips for viewing August solar eclipse

August Solar Eclipse

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued Friday a set of recommendations for safely viewing the solar eclipse set to occur in August. NASA recommends that people who plan to view the eclipse should check the safety authenticity of viewing glasses to ensure they meet basic proper safety viewing standards. Eclipse viewing glasses and kits with glasses and handheld ...

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Sometimes Saving Money Is Rocket Science

It’s ironic Elon Musk, one of America’s premier subsidy farmers, is also a perfect example of the difference between the private sector approach to cost and the government’s. Musk differs from earlier entrepreneurs like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford who became wealthy by building a better mousetrap. Musk became wealthy by harvesting government subsidies. The LA Times ran the numbers ...

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NASA photos turned into Stunning video of Jupiter flyby

Computer enhanced Jupiter Picture Gerald Eichstadt

NASA’s Juno spacecraft passes closely to Jupiter once every six weeks taking sensor readings and pictures over a 2 hour period. A set of enthusiasts then took those images and produced this amazing 2-minute video as the probe goes from the planet’s north pole to its southern pole. The video comes from the May 19, 2017,  flyby of the gas ...

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Watch live: Astronauts conduct emergency spacewalk to replace computer system

NASA spacewalk 5-23-17

ASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer are preparing for an emergency spacewalk to replace a fried data relay box. “The spacewalkers are gathering their tools and checking their spacesuits today with assistance from Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet,” NASA officials explained in a blog update. “The trio are also reviewing the contingency spacewalk procedures.” The computer system, which is vital ...

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