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Iconic free-flying astronaut passes away at 80

Retired astronaut Bruce McCandless II, the first astronaut to fly untethered from his spacecraft, has died at the age of 80. NASA said McCandless passed away on Thursday in California, but gave no cause of death. The former naval aviator flew in … Continue reading

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Go to a comet? Or Titan? NASA sets up showdown

A rotorcraft that could flit around the Saturnian moon Titan and a probe that could bring a sample back from an already-famous comet have emerged as top prospects for a future NASA mission. Those two mission concepts were selected for … Continue reading

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DNA sequencer in space solves a mystery

NASA isn’t saying it’s aliens — but the space agency is touting its ability to identify organisms using the first DNA sequencer in orbit. Oxford Nanopore Technologies’ palm-sized MiniON sequencer was sent up to the International Space Station last year, and it’s … Continue reading

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New trio settles in on the space station

The International Space Station’s crew is back up to its full complement of six, thanks to today’s arrival of three fresh spacefliers aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. NASA’s Scott Tingle, Russia’s Anton Shkaplerov and Japan’s Norishige Kanai were launched into space over … Continue reading

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It’s delivery time for space crew and cargo

Three new crew members are on their way to the International Space Station after a successful launch from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA’s Scott Tingle, Russia’s Anton Shkaplerov and Japan’s Norishige Kanai lifted off at 11:21 p.m. PT Saturday aboard a … Continue reading

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SpaceX takes rocket reusability to new heights

For the first time, SpaceX has sent a refurbished Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station from a refurbished launch pad, atop a refurbished Falcon 9 rocket. The Falcon lifted off at 10:35 a.m. ET (7:35 a.m. PT) today … Continue reading

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Spacefliers get a wintry homecoming

Three spacefliers landed safely in the frigid steppes of Kazakhstan today after riding their Russian Soyuz spacecraft down from the International Space Station. Temperatures were around 10 degrees Fahrenheit, with winds that made it feel like 5 degrees below zero. Get the … Continue reading

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