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Constellation Program

The Missions of Atlantis

May 9th, 2010

  Shuttle Atlantis is nearing a lift off for the 32nd and likely the last time on Friday, May 14, a strong indication that NASA’s shuttle program is nearing the retirement envisioned by the nation’s top policy makers in the aftermath of the 2003 shuttle Columbia tragedy. The launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in […]

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Commercial Space

French Guiana Spaceport Readies First Soyuz Launch

May 8th, 2010

The scene is the French Guiana launch site for Arianespace – a spaceport that has been a busy hub for commercial satellite liftoffs for decades. A new milestone is to be met this year – the first launch from that facility of a Russian Soyuz launcher. Once Soyuz joins Arianespace’s launcher family, this vehicle will […]

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Commercial Space

Rocket Boosts Education to New Heights

May 7th, 2010

Photo credit: Bob Martin KRQE Television   SPACEPORT AMERICA, New Mexico -A suite of student-built experiments received “high marks” thanks to a boost into space earlier this week to celebrate a New Mexico Second Annual Education Launch. An UP Aerospace SpaceLoft XL rocket screamed skyward May 4, powering high school, college and university investigations from […]

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Constellation Program

Thumbs Up! Orion Pad Abort-1 Test Success

May 6th, 2010

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, New Mexico – It was all thumbs up and back slaps here today as the Orion Pad Abort -1 flew flawlessly – a test to help develop safer vehicles for human spaceflight applications. Within 97 seconds of an initial 500,000-pound blast of solid rocket motor thrust, Orion completed its first successful […]

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International Space Station, Space Shuttle, NASA

NASA Clears Atlantis for Final Scheduled Mission

May 5th, 2010

Shuttle Atlantis will under go preparations for its final scheduled mission, a 12-day voyage to the International Space Station for the delivery of a Russian made-docking and laboratory module as well as spacewalking upgrades to communications and solar power systems. On Wednesday, top NASA managers cleared the 25-year-old winged spacecraft for the mission, following a daylong Flight […]

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The next logical step becomes logical

May 4th, 2010

Source: The Space Review   The International Space Station’s future and the ghost of the space station Mir For a generation, NASA struggled to get approval to build an Earth-orbiting space station as the “next logical step” in human exploration of outer space. The 1969 Space Task Force report contained plans for two space stations, […]

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