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NASA’s Opportunity rover is seen but not heard

NASA’s Opportunity rover still hasn’t made contact after a weeks-long Martian dust storm forced it to go into hibernation, but at least the skies are now clear enough to spot the solar-powered robot from orbit. And mission managers say they’re a … Continue reading

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Last Delta 2 rocket launch puts ICESat-2 in orbit

NASA kicked off its ICESat-2 mission to monitor our planet’s ice sheets from space using a laser-scanning satellite this morning, with a launch that marked the end of a nearly 30-year run for United Launch Alliance’s Delta 2 rocket. Liftoff came at … Continue reading

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NASA and Russia knock down conspiracy theory

NASA and Russia’s space agency issued a joint statement today aimed at quashing viral claims that someone on the International Space Station’s crew sabotaged a Soyuz capsule by drilling a hole in orbit and creating an air leak. The statement came … Continue reading

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Systima wins contract for Orion space hardware

Systima Technologies says it’s been awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin Space Systems to provide pyrotechnically actuated hatch mechanisms for NASA’s Orion deep-space crew capsule. The mechanisms will be part of a side hatch latch release system that would come into … Continue reading

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Commercial branding on spacecraft? Why not?

Why can’t commercials be filmed on the International Space Station? How about astronaut endorsements of energy drinks or tennis shoes? And instead of saying “The Eagle has landed,” why not get paid for saying “Here’s your orbital Pizza Hut delivery”? … Continue reading

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Blue Origin scores big in suborbital science

NASA’s Flight Opportunities program has selected 15 promising space technologies for testing on suborbital flights, and almost half of them are set to fly on Blue Origin’s New Shepard spaceship. Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ space venture, headquartered in Kent, Wash., … Continue reading

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Space station crew patches up tiny air leak

The International Space Station’s flight controllers detected a minute pressure leak overnight, but a temporary fix was made with epoxy and a gauze wipe. The six-person crew is in no danger, NASA said. In a status update, NASA said the … Continue reading

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