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NASA puts out the call for Gateway’s first element

NASA has laid out its plan for acquiring the first piece of its successor to the International Space Station, an outpost known as the Gateway that will be stationed in lunar orbit. A draft solicitation, published today, calls for commercial partners … Continue reading

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NASA’s Peggy Whitson hangs up her space helmet

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who holds the U.S. record for most cumulative time in space, is retiring after 22 years in the astronaut corps and three tours of duty on the International Space Station. Whitson, 58, became the station’s first female … Continue reading

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Tech titan Nathan Myhrvold revisits asteroid flap

Nathan Myhrvold is back, and this time he’s got peer review on his side. Two years ago, the Seattle tech pioneer tangled with NASA and the scientists behind an infrared sky survey mission known as NEOWISE, over a data set that … Continue reading

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Opportunity rover should wait out Martian storm

NASA has had to put its power-starved Opportunity rover into an induced coma on Mars, but that drastic maneuver — plus some luck — should be enough to save it from one of the worst dust storms ever observed on the Red … Continue reading

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NASA loses contact with Opportunity rover on Mars

NASA’s Opportunity rover on Mars has lost touch with its handlers back on Earth, probably due to a low-power condition brought on by a chokingly thick dust storm. The storm is covering an area of 14 million square miles, or a quarter … Continue reading

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Trio welcomed to space station, Hawaiian-style

The orbital welcoming committee wore Hawaiian shirts when three new crew members arrived at the International Space Station today. “We’re really glad to see them, finally,” Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev said. Get the news brief on GeekWire.

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Juno mission to Jupiter gets an update

NASA has updated its plans for the Juno mission to Jupiter to support science operations through mid-2021, adding 41 more months to the orbiter’s planned observations. Juno arrived at the giant planet nearly two years ago and has been mapping the giant planet’s magnetic field as … Continue reading

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