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Houston Embraces Final Shuttle Crew

July 23rd, 2011

  The crew of NASA’s final shuttle mission completed the last leg of their mission on Friday, as they returned to Houston, where hundreds from the Texas city welcomed them back as colleagues and neighbors. Neither the rush hour traffic nor the high heat seemed an obstacle as they gathered in a NASA hangar at […]

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Endeavour’s Crew to Break New Ground at the International Space Station

March 25th, 2011

The International Space Station, a familiar destination for NASA shuttle missions, may be Endeavour’s last stop, but her crew of six astronauts promises to break new ground with the delivery of the first astronomical observatory and tests of a docking sensor for future spacecraft. NASA is also asking the agency’s Russian partners to consider a […]

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Back to the Moon: Human and Robot Partnership Charted

November 23rd, 2010

Industry space planners are scoping out next steps beyond low Earth orbit – but with a trajectory twist: Exploring the Moon’s hidden farside from the L2 Lagrange Point. Stationed in that L2 slot a piloted spacecraft would be synchronized with the Moon in its orbit around the Earth. By being there, the spacecraft appears to […]

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Beyond Low Earth Orbit: “Gateway” Habitats Advocated

November 21st, 2010

A NASA, university and industry team is studying mid-decade human exploration beyond low Earth orbit. Detailed by the team are options for long-duration “Gateway” habitats. An interim look at such a prospect is being briefed at high-levels within NASA, a plan that also makes use of outputs by a Future In-Space Operations (FISO) Working Group. […]

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Book Review: Trailblazing Mars – NASA’s Next Giant Leap

November 20th, 2010

Trailblazing Mars – NASA’s Next Giant Leap by Pat Duggins; University Press of Florida; Gainesville, Florida; $24.95 (hard cover); 2010. The distant reddish hue of Mars in the night sky is a magnet for exploration. Eye-catching glimpses of the red planet were first done through telescopes, followed by robotic spacecraft that flew by, orbited, landed […]

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