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Remembering One Of NASA’s Greatest Tragedies, 33 Years Later

America’s space program suffered arguably one of the worst incidents in space history 33 years ago on Jan. 28, 1986 and it unfolded right in front of millions of school children. Teachers across the nation displayed the Challenger space shuttle launch in their classrooms for students to bear witness to NASA’s first ever Teacher in Space Project, in which Christa McAuliffe, ...

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NASA Begins America’s New Moon to Mars Exploration Approach in 2018

NASA welcomed a new administrator, Jim Bridenstine, deputy administrator, Jim Morhard, and chief financial officer, Jeff DeWit, in 2018. Their focus is on firmly establishing the groundwork to send Americans back to the Moon sustainably, with plans to use the agency’s lunar experience to prepare to send astronauts to Mars. “Our agency’s accomplishments in 2018 are breathtaking. We’ve inspired the world and created ...

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NASA to send three astronauts to International Space Station Monday [video]

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Three space travelers, including two astronauts on their first flight, are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on Monday, Dec. 3 for a six-and-a-half month mission. Live coverage will air on NASA Television, the agency’s website and in the stream below. At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, and Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos are preparing to launch aboard the Soyuz MS-11 ...

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Watch: NASA engineers successfully land InSight robotic spacecraft on Mars

See inside mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as signals return from the InSight mission as it lands on Mars. Landing commentary includes interviews with team members. The InSight probe spent seven months on its journey from Earth and today it will undergo a harrowing 6-minute trip from entry to landing during which several critical maneuvers must go exactly ...

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Space Station Crew Returns Safely to Earth

ISS International Space Station

Three members of the Expedition 56 crew returned safely to Earth Thursday from the International Space Station, where they spent months providing hands-on support for scientific research in low-Earth orbit, working to keep the orbiting laboratory fully operational, and performing three spacewalks. NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos landed at 7:44 a.m. EDT (5:44 p.m. in Kazakhstan) southeast ...

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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

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  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

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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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