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NASA’s Twin Probes Scheduled to Crash Into Moon Monday

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. space agency NASA says the twin spacecraft of its lunar-mapping mission have completed their assignment and have been deliberately crashed into the rim of a moon crater. Officials say the probes named Ebb and Flow hit the moon’s surface Monday afternoon, eastern U.S. time, in the last phase of NASA’s GRAIL mission. The […]

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US Launches Spaceplane in Secretive Military Program

Posted December 11th, 2012 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has launched a high-tech, experimental spaceplane for the third such flight in a secretive military test program. The nearly eight-meter-long X-37B craft blasted off Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on an Atlas V rocket. The unmanned shuttle made the first flight of its kind in 2010 and spent seven months circling Earth. […]

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US Company Aims to Fly You to the Moon for $1.5 Billion

Posted December 7th, 2012 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S. company founded by ex-NASA executives says it plans to offer commercial flights to the moon by the end of the decade. The company, named Golden Spike, estimates it will cost $1.5 billion to send two people to the moon and back for up to two days. It plans to sell the flights to […]

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Europe, Russia Move Ahead with Mars Mission

Posted November 21st, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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The European Space Agency has announced a tentative agreement with Russia for an unmanned mission to explore signs of life on Mars. The project, approved at a meeting in Naples Wednesday, calls for sending an orbital probe to Mars in 2016 that would look for traces of methane gas and other biological clues in the […]

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Astronauts Land in Kazakhstan

Posted November 18th, 2012 at 11:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian space officials say three astronauts from the International Space Station have touched down on the chilly steppes of Kazakhstan in a Russian Soyuz capsule. Japan’s Akihiko Hoshide, Russia’s Yury Malenchenko and Sunita Williams of the U.S. landed Monday, a few kilometers off their intended touchdown site. Another three astronauts remain onboard the space station. […]

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Spacewalkers Bypass Space Station Coolant Leak

Posted November 1st, 2012 at 9:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Two spacewalking astronauts made repairs to a leaky radiator system outside the International Space Station Thursday, a short while after maneuvering the station to avoid a menacing piece of space debris. In a six-hour procedure, space station commander Sunita Wiliams and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide successfully reconfigured ammonia coolant lines to bypass the suspect radiator, […]

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Spacewalkers Bypass Space Station Coolant Leak

Posted November 1st, 2012 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Two spacewalking astronauts made repairs to a leaky radiator system outside the International Space Station Thursday, a short while after maneuvering the station to avoid a menacing piece of space debris. In a six-hour procedure, space station commander Sunita Wiliams and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide successfully reconfigured ammonia coolant lines to bypass the suspect radiator, […]

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Spacewalkers Try To Bypass Space Station Coolant Leak

Posted November 1st, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Two astronauts are working outside the orbiting International Space Station to try to bypass a leak in a cooling system. Engineers suspect the radiator was hit by a micrometeoroid or a piece of space debris, which created a tiny hole that has allowed ammonia to escape. The radiators dissipate heat from the station’s equipment. Station […]

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SpaceX ‘Dragon’ Launch Set for Sunday

Posted October 6th, 2012 at 10:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Engineers at Cape Canaveral, Florida are making final preparations for another launch of the world’s first privately-owned space cargo ship, on a mission to resupply the International Space Station. Liftoff of the unmanned SpaceX Dragon cargo ship is set for 8:35 p.m. Sunday, with forecasters predicting a 60-percent chance of acceptable launch weather. In May, […]

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SpaceX ‘Dragon’ Launch Set for Sunday

Posted October 6th, 2012 at 8:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Engineers at Cape Canaveral, Florida are making final preparations for another launch of the world’s first privately-owned space cargo ship, on a mission to resupply the International Space Station. Liftoff of the unmanned SpaceX Dragon cargo ship is set for 0135 hours UTC Sunday, with forecasters predicting a 60 percent chance of acceptable launch weather. […]

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