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NASA’s Orion spacecraft back in Florida after test flight

December 18, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"NASA's experimental Orion spacecraft left Florida by rocket and returned by truck. The capsule arrived back at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday. It rocketed into orbit Dec. 5, traveling 3,600 miles into space on an unmanned test flight that proved to be a great success. NASA plans to use future models to help get astronauts to Mars in coming decades." (12/18/14)

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Mars: Curiosity rover finds evidence of huge lake that could have support life

December 9, 2014
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The Space Reporter    

"NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover may have found evidence of a lake that filled a 96-mile-wide crater billions of years ago near its landing site. The Curiosity rover, which has been operating on the planet since 2012, found rocks that contained water-deposited sediments near the crater’s center, boosting theories that Mars was once sustainable to microbial life much like Earth, according to a Reuters report." (12/09/14)

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NASA: Thursday’s Orion launch a big leap toward Mars

December 3, 2014
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Space.com    

"The first test flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft this week marks a critical step on humanity's journey to Mars, agency officials say. Orion is scheduled to blast off Thursday (Dec. 4) at 7:05 a.m. EST (1205 GMT) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on an unmanned mission called Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1). If all goes according to plan, the capsule will zoom 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers) from Earth, then come barreling back home to test out Orion's heat shield, avionics and other systems. EFT-1 will mark the farthest journey of a human-spaceflight vehicle since 1972, when the last of NASA's Apollo missions flew to the moon and returned to Earth." (12/03/14)

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Europe rushes to fund Ariane rocket to fight SpaceX

December 1, 2014
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ValueWalk    

"The European science ministers are hoping to strike a last-minute deal to provide funding for the Ariane rocket. Ministers from the 20-nation bloc are scheduled to meet in Luxembourg on Tuesday to resolve the future of the workhorse Ariane rocket. They will also decide on the future of Europe’s involvement in the International Space Station (ISS). ... The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking to respond to the U.S. rival SpaceX and protect thousands of jobs in the region. Founded by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, SpaceX offers low-cost satellite launches." (12/01/14)

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Japan: Space probe launch delayed

November 30, 2014
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Manila Standard Today [Philippines]    

"Japan on Sunday delayed the launch of a space probe designed to mine an asteroid for a second time due to bad weather. The blast-off of Hayabusa2 was now pushed back by two days to 1:22 pm (0422 GMT) on Wednesday, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said. The agency said it decided on the second postponement due to fears of strong winds, and warned that the launch could be delayed further depending on the weather." (11/30/14)

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Kazakhstan: Crew blasts off for International Space Station

November 24, 2014
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The Epoch Times    

"A Russian capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy has blasted off for the International Space Station. The Soyuz capsule roared into the pre-dawn darkness just after 3 a.m. Monday (2100 GMT Sunday) from the Russian manned space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Aboard the capsule are Russian Anton Shkaplerov, NASA’s Terry Virts and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy." (11/23/14)

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NASA offering contracts to encourage asteroid mining

November 23, 2014
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Morning Ticker    

"Although Science has gotten us so far, mankind has always been looking to explore new methods of improving our lives. With resources being used up at an increasing rate, two independent organizations are looking to retrieve resources from space. One example is asteroid mining. Recently, a probe had successfully landed on a comet, this brought up the possibility of mining asteroids for funding future projects and profit. NASA is offering contracts to two organizations known as Deep Space Industries and Planetary Resources who intend to pursue asteroid mining." (11/23/14)

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Has Russia launched a satellite killer into orbit?

November 19, 2014
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Times of India [India]    

"A mysterious Russian object is being tracked by space agencies, giving new life to fears about the increase of space weapons. The satellite, dubbed Object 2014-28E, has grabbed the interest of official and amateur satellite-watchers because it is taking a confusing path and its purpose has not been identified, reports the Financial Times. ... Some think that it could be collecting space junk, helping to clean up the useless satellites that are floating around space. Or it could be providing fuel or repairs to other satellites. But others fear that the satellite could be used to destroy enemy ones." (11/19/14)

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Early Philae data: Comet probe “sniffed” organic molecules

November 18, 2014
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NDTV [India]    

"Mankind's first-ever probe of a comet found traces of organic molecules and a surface much harder than imagined, scientists said on Tuesday of initial sample data from robot lab Philae. ... the team said Philae's COSAC gas analyser managed to 'sniff' the atmosphere and detect the first organic molecules" shortly after landing. Some astrophysicists theorise that comets 'seeded' our fledgling planet with the beginnings of life-giving water and organic molecules, and hoped that analysis of '67P' would prove this." (11/18/14)

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Philae comet lander sends more data before losing power

November 15, 2014
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The Philae lander on the distant comet 67P has sent another stream of data back to Earth before losing power. The little probe delivered everything expected from it, just as its failing battery dropped it into standby mode. Philae is pressed up against a cliff. Deep shadows mean it cannot now get enough light on to its solar panels to recharge its systems. The European Space Agency (Esa) fears this contact may have been the robot's last -- certainly for a while." (11/15/14)

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Spacecraft lands on comet, doesn’t secure itself correctly

November 12, 2014
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Buffalo News    

"The European Space Agency says the spacecraft it successfully landed on a comet may have bounced once, before coming to rest. The head of the lander operation Wednesday said thrusters that were meant to push the lander down and harpoons that would have anchored it to the surface failed to work. Stephan Ulamec told reporters in Darmstadt, Germany, that data received from the Philae lander indicates it lifted off from the comet, turned slightly and then landed again." (11/12/14)

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Virgin’s crash tragic but inevitable

November 10, 2014
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Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal  

"Being a fan of spaceflight, especially manned spaceflight, I was saddened by the breakup and crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. I hope the problems that caused the loss of the vehicle, and the death of her pilot, are quickly found and solved. Even in the shadow of this new disaster, I’d book passage on the first flight if I had the money. The truth is unfortunate: tragedies and disasters are not only inevitable, they are necessary. It’s how the technological chaff gets winnowed away." (11/06/14)

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China completes first moon-and-back mission

November 2, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"China has completed its first return mission to the moon with the successful re-entry and landing of an unmanned probe. In the latest step forward for Beijing's ambitious space program, the probe landed safely in northern China's Inner Mongolia region, state news agency Xinhua said. ... The military-run space project has plans for a permanent orbiting station by 2020 and eventually to send a human to the moon." (11/01/14)

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Probe of Virgin Galactic spaceship crash may take year

November 2, 2014
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NDTV [India]    

"Authorities who carried out their first full day of investigation into a US spacecraft crash that killed one pilot and seriously injured another have said probing the incident could take a year. At a news conference late yesterday, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) acting chairman Christopher Hart said debris from the SpaceShipTwo rocket crash was strewn over an area eight kilometres long, indicating a likely in-flight breakup, and would be part of an investigation lasting up to 12 months." (11/02/14)

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VA: Unmanned Antares rocket explodes on launch

October 28, 2014
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USA Today    

"An unmanned rocket headed for the International Space Station to deliver supplies exploded on launch from Wallops Island, Va., Tuesday. The Antares rocket supplied by contractor Orbital Sciences blew up six seconds after liftoff, NASA said. NASA and Orbital Sciences were gathering data to determine the cause of the failure of the Orbital CRS-3, the space agency said." (10/28/14)

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SpaceX capsule splashes down after ISS supply run

October 27, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"A SpaceX capsule loaded with space station experiments is back on Earth. The unmanned Dragon capsule parachuted into the Pacific, west of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, on Saturday. It departed the International Space Station earlier in the day with 3,300 pounds of gear for NASA, including valuable science samples. The California-based SpaceX company launched the Dragon from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sept. 21. It was the fifth Dragon shipment. High seas in the recovery area delayed its return by four days." (10/26/14)

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Secret US space drone X-37B returns to earth after 22 months in orbit

October 13, 2014
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The Westside Story    

"A secret US space drone X-37B that has been in orbit for the past 22 months will be returning to earth and landing at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Tuesday, October 14. The Orbital Test Vehicle 3 (OTV-3), third of its kind to embark on such secret missions in orbit, was launched in December 2012 aboard the Atlas 5 rocket. ... The US Air Force and government have been silent on the exact missions of these Orbital Test Vehicles in orbiting space." (10/13/14)

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Sierra Nevada challenges NASA “space taxi” contracts to Boeing, SpaceX

September 28, 2014
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Business Recorder [Pakistan]    

"Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) said it had filed a legal challenge to NASA's award of contracts totalling $6.8 billion to Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated 'space taxis' to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA had considered a bid by privately owned Sierra Nevada, but US officials said on Tuesday the US space agency had opted to award long-time aerospace contractor Boeing and SpaceX with contracts to develop, certify and fly their seven-person capsules. SNC said its bid could have saved up to $900 million and that NASA's statements 'indicate that there are serious questions and inconsistencies in the source selection process.'" (09/28/14)

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India puts spacecraft into Martian orbit

September 24, 2014
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San Antonio Express-News    

"India has triumphed in its first interplanetary attempt by successfully putting a satellite into orbit around Mars. Scientists broke into wild cheers Wednesday morning as the orbiter's engines completed 24 minutes of burn time and maneuvered into its designated place around the red planet." (09/23/14)

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MAVEN enters Mars orbit

September 22, 2014
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CNN    

"MAVEN has arrived in Mars's orbit after traveling 442 million miles in the course of 10 months to get there. It won't land on the red planet but instead study Mars' atmosphere from above to answer questions about its climate change, NASA says. ... India's first mission to the Red Planet, the Mars Orbiter Mission, is set to arrive a few days after MAVEN does." (09/21/14)

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SpaceX launches Dragon cargo ship to station

September 21, 2014
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CBS News    

"A SpaceX cargo ship packed with more than 5,100 pounds of equipment and supplies -- including 20 mice, a 3D printer, an environmental sensor to measure ocean winds and even an experiment that could lead to better golf clubs -- blasted off early Sunday on a two-day flight to the International Space Station. Running a day late because of stormy weather Saturday, the 208-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket roared to life at 1:52 a.m. EDT (GMT-4) and quickly climbed away from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, arcing away to the northeast directly into the plane of the space station's orbit." (09/21/14)

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Boeing-Lockheed venture picks Bezos engine for future rockets

September 18, 2014
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Reuters    

"United Launch Alliance (ULA), a Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp joint venture, said on Wednesday it would invest heavily in a new rocket engine being developed by Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos and his company Blue Origin. The new engine, called the BE-4, could be ready for use in four years, and would cost substantially less than the Russian-built RD-180 engine now used to power ULA's heavy-lift Atlas 5 rockets, officials from both companies told reporters." (09/17/14)

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Boeing, SpaceX to team with NASA on space taxis

September 17, 2014
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CBS News    

"Aerospace giant Boeing and newcomer SpaceX will share $6.8 billion in NASA contracts to build commercial space taxis to fly astronauts to and from the space station starting in 2017, ending reliance on Russia for access to low-Earth orbit and kick starting a new era of commercial space transportation, agency officials said Tuesday. Boeing will receive a $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) contract to continue development of the company's CST-100 capsule while SpaceX will receive $2.6 billion to press ahead with work to perfect its futuristic Dragon crew craft." (09/16/14)

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European Space Agency picks site for first comet landing in November

September 15, 2014
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Fox News    

"The European Space Agency says it has decided on the spot where it will attempt the first landing on a comet, a maneuver that is one of the key elements of a decade-long mission. The Paris-based agency plans to drop the 100-kilogram (220-pound) lander, called Philae, from its Rosetta space probe in November. Scientists unanimously picked the landing spot, from five considered, on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko based on its relatively safe terrain." (09/15/14)

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SpaceX delivers Asian communications satellite to orbit

September 7, 2014
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USA Today    

"paceX delivered another commercial communications satellite to orbit early Sunday, completing its second launch in just over a month for Hong Kong-based AsiaSat. The AsiaSat 6 mission was postponed more than a week after a SpaceX test rocket failed in Texas. ... SpaceX confirmed the rocket deployed its payload as planned 32 minutes into the flight, earning the Falcon 9 a 12th successful flight in as many tries since 2010." (09/07/14)

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