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NASA Highlights Science on Next Commercial Mission to Space Station

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NASA will host a media teleconference to discuss select science investigations and technology demonstrations launching on the next Orbital ATK commercial resupply flight to the International Space Station. Credits: NASA Orbital ATK is targeting Saturday, Nov. 11 for the launch of its Cygnus spacecraft on an Antares rocket from pad 0A at Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.   Participants in Thursday’s briefing will be: Elwood Agasid, deputy program manager of the Small Spacecraft Technology Program at NASA’s... Read More »

International Space Station Crew Invites Public Along for Photographic Trip Around World

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Bresnik, with help from fellow astronaut Joe Acaba, will begin the “photo frenzy” from the station’s 360-degree Earth-facing cupola window beginning at 8:25 a.m. EDT. Traveling at about five miles per second, the station completes one orbit around Earth approximately every 90 minutes.   As part of NASA’s Year of Education on Station, an initiative to inspire more students and teachers than ever before during the 2017-18 school year, students located in areas Bresnik will photograph are especially invited to join him on the journey an... Read More »

NASA to Air Launch of Next International Space Station Resupply Mission

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The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will liftoff on the company's Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying almost 6,000 pounds of science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory in support of Expedition 52 and 53 crew members. The unpressurized trunk of the spacecraft also will transport solar panels, tools for Earth-observation and equipment to study neutron stars.   About 10 minutes after launch, Dragon will reach its preliminary orbit. It then will deploy its sola... Read More »

NASA Astronauts Inducted into Hall of Fame, Live May 19 on NASA Television

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Bob Cabana, 2008 hall of famer and current director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, will speak at the induction ceremony about the distinguished careers of honorees Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman to go into space and current director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, and former astronaut Michael Foale, the only U.S. astronaut to serve on both the International Space Station and Russian space station Mir.   The ceremony will be held at the Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor... Read More »

NASA Scientists to Discuss Search for Habitable Planets, Signs of Life off Earth

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Among the scientists scheduled to present at the conference are: Giada Arney from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will discuss organic haze on Earthlike planets as a possible biosignatures Morgan Cable at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, will talk about mechanisms for enrichment of organics in Enceladus plumes John Grunsfeld, former NASA astronaut and associate administrator for science, will deliver a presentation on next-generation space telescopes for terrestrial exoplanet character... Read More »

California Students to Speak to NASA Astronauts on International Space Station

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Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson, both of NASA, will answer questions from students in several grades. Students at Betsy Ross Elementary School have been hard at work exploring the space program, NASA and the space station leading up to the downlink. They have conducted research through virtual field trips while also designing realistic models of the space station. With each engaging activity, the students’ knowledge of NASA and the space program has been greatly enhanced.   Kimbrough launched... Read More »

California Students to Speak to NASA Astronauts on International Space Station

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Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson, both of NASA, will answer questions from students in several grades. Students at Betsy Ross Elementary School have been hard at work exploring the space program, NASA and the space station leading up to the downlink. They have conducted research through virtual field trips while also designing realistic models of the space station. With each engaging activity, the students’ knowledge of NASA and the space program has been greatly enhanced.   Kimbrough launched... Read More »

NASA Acting Administrator Statement on the NASA Authorization Act of 2017

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“We would like to thank President Trump for his support of the agency in signing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017. “We also want to express our gratitude to a bipartisan Congress for its thoughtful consideration of the agency’s path forward. We are grateful for the longstanding support and trust of the American people, which enables our nation’s space, aeronautics, science, and technology development programs to thrive. “Our workforce has proven time and again that it can meet any chal... Read More »

NASA Acting Administrator Statement on Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal

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“The President mentioned in his speech to both houses of Congress that, ‘American footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream.’ NASA is already working toward that goal, and we look forward to exciting achievements that this budget will help us reach.   “NASA teams continue to do amazing work to develop and launch our missions and increase this nation’s technical capabilities across the board. America needs NASA more than ever, and the agency’s work every single day is vitally important.   “While more detailed bud... Read More »

NASA Highlights Science on Next Commercial Resupply Mission to International Space Station

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Orbital ATK is targeting Sunday, March 19 for the launch of its Cygnus spacecraft on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. A 30-minute launch window opens at 10:56 p.m. EDT.   Participants in Monday’s briefing are:   Henry Martin, external payloads coordinator from NanoRacks in Houston, will discuss some of the 38 CubeSats scheduled to be deployed from the space station, including QB50, a group of CubeSats from 28 universities around the world. Howard Levine, project s... Read More »

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