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September 28, 2014
Orion Recovery Tests Help Teams Prepare for December Flight
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 26, 2014
NASA, Orion prime contractor Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy successfully completed the third round of tests to practice recovering Orion when it splashes down off the coast of San Diego at the end of its December flight test. The mid-September test series, led by NASA's Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program, continued to perfect techniques and ensure the full team and all equipment are ready when Orion returns to Earth after traveling more than 3,600 miles in altitude away fr ... read more

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NASA Seeks Best and Brightest for Space Technology Fellowships
NASA is seeking applications from U.S. graduate students for the agency's Space Technology Research Fellowships. The research grants, worth as much as $74,000 per year, will coincide with the ... more
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Internet moguls Musk, Bezos shake up US space race
The space race to end America's reliance on Russia escalated this week with a multibillion-dollar NASA award for SpaceX's Elon Musk and an unexpected joint venture for Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos. ... more
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Shrink-wrapping spacesuits
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MIT researchers developing tight-fitting space suits of the future
The next generation of space suits look less Apollo 11 and a lot more Apolo Ohno, less Michelin Man and more Silver Surfer - that is, out with the bulky, gas-pressurized suit and in with the lightweight, form-fitting second skin. ... more
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Spaceship designer who helped send Gagarin into orbit dies at 92
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Space: The final frontier ... open to the public
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NASA Chooses American Companies to Transport US Astronauts to ISS
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Space: China's final tourism frontier
One night in a Beijing gym when the rain was pouring down outside, Tong Jingjing cried after being repeatedly knocked down by her boxing coach, tears and sweat mingling on her face. Tong, 41, ... more
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The long descent
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NASA's Orion Spacecraft Nears Completion, Ready for Fueling
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Tech giants bet on 'smart home' revolution
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Russian, US Scientists to Prepare Astronauts for Extreme Situations in Space
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25 Years After Neptune: Reflections on Voyager
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US to Stop Using Soyuz Spacecraft, Invest in Domestic Private Space Industry
NASA is expected to sign a multibillion-dollar deal with a private company to launch US astronauts from the United States instead of paying Russia to use its Soyuz spacecraft, according to The Washi ... more
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Long-term spaceflights challenged as harm to astronauts' health revealed
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Voyager Map Details Neptune's Strange Moon Triton
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NASA Selects 26 Space Biology Research Proposals
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