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78,000 people apply for one-way trip to Mars

May 10, 2013
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Time    

"An ambitious project to establish a human colony on Mars has attracted applications from tens of thousands of would-be astronauts, just two weeks after applications opened. The mission, a private venture by the Dutch non-profit organization Mars One, aims to send a crew to the Red Planet in 2022 -- and, due to the physiological change in the human body after a stay on Mars, there’d be no coming back. That hasn’t deterred people, though: so far, over 78,000 people have applied to become one of Mars’ first immigrants (the company is expecting 500,000 applicants by the time applications close on August 31)." (05/09/13)

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SpaceX Dragon cargo ship leaves space station, aims for Pacific splashdown with science work

March 26, 2013
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Washington Post    

"A privately owned cargo ship left the International Space Station with a full science load Tuesday and aimed for a splashdown in the Pacific. Astronauts released the unmanned SpaceX capsule, named Dragon, from the end of the space station’s giant robot arm. The parting occurred 250 miles over the South Pacific and was a poignant moment for the three space station residents, who had helped to snare the Dragon three weeks earlier." (03/26/13)

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After delay, SpaceX Dragon arrives safely at space station

March 3, 2013
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PC Magazine    

"After a brief delay, the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft arrived safely at the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday morning. ... Dragon was initially scheduled to arrive at the ISS on Saturday, but a problem with three of the spacecraft's four thruster pods emerged shortly after its Friday liftoff. NASA requires that at least three pod thrusters be operational before a spacecraft approaches the ISS, so SpaceX was forced to delay its arrival while it fixed the glitches." (03/03/13)

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SpaceX readies for rocket launch to space station Friday

February 28, 2013
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Fox News    

"The weather looks promising for the planned Friday launch of a privately built robotic space capsule to the International Space Station, NASA says. The unmanned Dragon space capsule, built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX of Hawthorne, Calif., is slated to launch toward the space station Friday (March 1) at 10:10 a.m. EST. Weather forecasts predict an 80 percent chance of favorable conditions for launch -- near-perfect conditions." (02/28/13)

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NASA temporarily loses communication with space station

February 19, 2013
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Chicago Tribune    

"In what could be called a three-hour space oddity, the International Space Station lost communication with NASA’s ground control in Houston on Tuesday while the station updated its software. Its astronauts, two Americans, three Russians and a Canadian, were left sitting in a tin can far above the world, and there was nothing they could do." (02/19/13)

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NM: Virgin to begin paying spaceport rent under protest

January 29, 2013
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ABQ Journal    

"Virgin Galactic says it will start paying New Mexico rent on the nearly quarter-billion dollar Spaceport the state built for Richard Branson’s space tourism business, but the company is doing so under protest and without waiving its right to walk away from the project. ... Virgin Galactic says the state has not finished the work necessary to trigger activation of its $1 million-a-year rent. ... New Mexico Spaceport Authority Executive Director Christine Anderson says the state’s obligations have been met." (01/28/13)

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US, Russia to launch first year-long space station flight

October 8, 2012
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CBS News    

"An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut will spend a full year aboard the International Space Station in 2015-16, twice as long as current crews, to collect medical data on long-duration spaceflight that will help pave the way for eventual flights to deep space destinations, NASA said Friday. Assigning two lab crew members to a yearlong flight also is expected to free up seats aboard Russian Soyuz ferry craft for two additional space tourists or representatives of other nations that might not otherwise fit into the normal space station crew rotation." (10/08/12)

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NASA mulls deep-space station on moon’s far side

October 3, 2012
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Space.com    

"There appears to be support within NASA to position astronauts at an Earth-moon libration point to bolster the space agency’s plans of pushing beyond low-Earth orbit with its Orion spacecraft design. ... Libration points, also known as Lagrangian points, are places in space where the combined gravitational pull of two large masses roughly balance each other out, allowing spacecraft to essentially 'park' there. But whether a true decision has been made, or NASA is floating a trial balloon, is unclear." (10/02/12)

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US, Russian space trio lands in Kazakhstan

September 17, 2012
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CTV [Canada]    

"An international three-man crew onboard a Russian-made Soyuz capsule touched down successfully on the cloudless central Kazakhstan steppe Monday morning after 123 days at the International Space Station. ... NASA's Joe Acaba and Russian colleagues Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin undocked from the orbiting laboratory somewhere over Nairobi, Kenya, some 3 1/2 hours before touchdown. The Soyuz craft remains the only means for international astronauts to reach the space station since the decommissioning of the U.S. Shuttle fleet in 2011." (09/17/12)

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Soyuz docks with space station, boosts crew back to six

July 17, 2012
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CNet News    

"A Russian Soyuz ferry craft glided to a computer-orchestrated docking with the International Space Station early Tuesday, bringing a Russian cosmonaut, a NASA astronaut and a Japanese engineer to the lab complex two days after launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. ... The linkup occurred on the 37th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Program docking in 1975, the first joint U.S.-Russian space mission." (07/16/12)

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Kazakhstan: Soyuz rocket blasts off with three bound for space station

July 15, 2012
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CNet News    

"A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian commander, a NASA flight engineer, and a Japanese astronaut -- all veteran space travelers -- blasted off and streaked into orbit late Saturday (U.S. time), the first leg of a two-day flight to the International Space Station. ... The launching came on the 37th anniversary of the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Test Project that opened the door to U.S.-Russian space cooperation." (07/15/12)

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Huge vortex spied on Saturn moon

July 11, 2012
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Nasa's Cassini spacecraft has spotted a swirling green mass of gas at the south pole of Saturn's moon Titan. Scientists say the polar vortex is turning faster than the moon itself rotates on its axis. The formation of the vortex may be related to the changing seasons; Titan's southern winter is on its way." (07/11/12)

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NASA reveals Orion space capsule with first flight set for 2014

July 3, 2012
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SlashGear    

"NASA unveiled its first Orion crew model today, designed to take astronauts into space and the eventual goal to take them to Mars as well. Arriving at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida last Friday, the passenger module is still set to undergo quite a bit of development before an initial flight scheduled for 2014." (07/03/12)

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Kazakhstan: Soyuz spacecraft lands safely

July 1, 2012
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USA Today    

"A Soyuz space capsule carrying a three-man multinational crew touched down safely Sunday on the southern steppes of Kazakhstan, bringing an end to their 193-day mission to the International Space Station. Around a dozen recovery helicopters zeroed into the vast uncultivated land mass, where NASA astronaut Donald Pettit, Russia's Oleg Kononenko and Dutchman Andre Kuipers landed in the Russian-made capsule." (07/01/12)

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It’s time to privatize the capsule if you dare

July 1, 2012
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Adam Kirby  

"The once-mighty NASA are replacing the Space Shuttle with competitive bidding. A cornucopia of companies and imaginative designs are more than filling these contracts, but that’s just the beginning. True private space travel is now a reality." (06/29/12)

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NASA discovers ice in Shackleton crater on the moon

June 21, 2012
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SlashGear    

"There have been numerous scientific missions dedicated to the task of discovering ice on the moon. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is now helping scientists to confirm of the existence of water ice on the moon. The discovery was made on the floor of Shackleton crater. Scientists believe almost a quarter of the crater, which is located on the moon’s south pole, is covered with water ice." (06/21/12)

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Dark universe mission blueprint complete

June 20, 2012
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R&D magazine    

"The European Space Agency's (ESA) Euclid mission to explore the hidden side of the universe -- dark energy and dark matter -- reached an important milestone that will see it head towards full construction. Selected in October 2011 alongside Solar Orbiter as one of the first two medium-class missions of the Cosmic Vision 2015-25 plan, Euclid received final approval from ESA's Science Program Committee to move into the full construction phase, leading to its launch in 2020." (06/20/12)

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China puts its first woman astronaut into orbit

June 17, 2012
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Reuters    

"China put its first woman into orbit on Saturday, one of three astronauts to attempt a critical space docking in the latest challenge for the country's ambitious space programme. A Long March rocket blasted off in the early evening from the remote Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the northwestern Gobi Desert, carrying with it the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft and the three astronauts, including 33-year-old female fighter pilot Liu Yang." (06/17/12)

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X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle lands at Vandenberg

June 17, 2012
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Space.com    

"The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), the Air Force's unmanned, reusable space plane, landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 5:48 a.m. (PDT) June 16. OTV-2, which launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., March 5, 2011, conducted on-orbit experiments for 469 days during its mission." (06/17/12)

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NASA scraps x-ray space telescope

June 7, 2012
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Space.com    

"NASA is canceling all work on a new space telescope designed to seek out black holes and other cosmic mysteries through X-ray light due to soaring development costs, the space agency announced today (June 7). The mission, called Gravity and Extreme Magnetism Small Explorer (GEMS), was running significantly over budget, said Paul Hertz, director of NASA's Astrophysics Division, during a phone call to reporters today." (06/07/12)

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Enterprise makes final voyage — to New York

June 7, 2012
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The Register [UK]    

"Crowds of locals and tourists turned out yesterday to see space shuttle Enterprise come to her final rest at her floating museum home. After a day's weather delay, the shuttle set out from New Jersey port on a barge, passing the Statue of Liberty on her way north to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, where Enterprise will be open to the public from 19 July. It's been a long journey for Enterprise, NASA's first ever space shuttle, which flew to New York in April on its way to retirement." (06/07/12)

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NASA gets two new Hubble telescopes from NRO

June 5, 2012
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Time    

"The National Science Foundation has just revealed the existence of not one, but two pristine, Hubble-class space telescopes, still in their original wrappings, in a warehouse in Rochester, N.Y. The pair was originally built for the National Reconnaissance Office, the agency in charge of spy satellites, to look down at Earth rather than up into space. But the NRO has moved on to bigger and better instruments, and decided to hand the telescopes over. ... The unexpected gift has sent NASA and the astronomical community, which have learned to live with smaller budgets and lower expectations in recent years, into a mild state of shock." (06/05/12)

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SpaceX Dragon departs ISS, heads for Earth

May 31, 2012
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PC Magazine    

"After a successful journey to the International Space Station, the SpaceX Dragon capsule was released by the station's robotic arm and started its journey back to earth. ... Dragon is the only spacecraft that can bring back a significant amount of cargo from the ISS. 'The other cargo vehicles serving the space station -- from Russia, Japan and the European Space Agency -- can carry cargo up but all are destroyed after leaving the station,' SpaceX said." (05/31/12)

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SpaceX signs contract to launch world’s most powerful rocket

May 30, 2012
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Fox News    

"Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), which designs and launches rockets as well as spacecraft, said on Tuesday it signed the first commercial contract to launch the world's most powerful rocket. The Falcon Heavy rocket will launch a communications satellite into geosynchronous orbit (a circular orbit around the Earth nearly 24 hours long) for satellite services company Intelsat, according to a press release. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed." (05/30/12)

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Private supply ship rockets toward space station

May 22, 2012
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CBS News    

"A first-of-its-kind commercial supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station following a successful liftoff early Tuesday, opening a new era of dollar-driven spaceflight. The SpaceX company made history as its Falcon 9 rocket rose from its seaside launch pad and pierced the pre-dawn sky, aiming for a rendezvous in a few days with the space station. The unmanned rocket carried into orbit a capsule named Dragon that is packed with 1,000 pounds of space station provisions." (05/22/12)

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