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NASA looks into quicker trip beyond the moon

NASA and its commercial partners say they’re studying the possibility of sending astronauts beyond the moon years earlier than planned, by putting a crew on the first flight of the space agency’s heavy-lift Space Launch System. The NASA study, sparked in … Continue reading

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NASA tries to pack big vision in smaller budget

Christmas has come and gone, and so has a bump in NASA’s spending plan: The agency’s proposed $19 billion budget for the next fiscal year, released today, represents a $300 million decline from this year’s level. The money set aside … Continue reading

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Giant rocket will carry tiny high-tech satellites

NASA says it’ll send 13 miniaturized satellites – including a pop-up solar sail and a “lunar flashlight” – beyond Earth orbit when it flies its heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket for the first time in 2018. The main payload for the … Continue reading

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Orion capsule is now officially a shiny object

NASA has released new artwork that reflects the latest look for its Orion deep-space crew vehicle – and it’s highly reflective. Orion’s shiny back shell isn’t just for show: In Thursday’s update, NASA explains that the silvery, metallic-based thermal control coating … Continue reading

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