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December 17, 2014
OPALS: Light Beams Let Data Rates Soar
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 10, 2014
You may know opals as fiery gemstones, but something special called OPALS is floating above us in space. On the International Space Station, the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) is demonstrating how laser communications can speed up the flow of information between Earth and space, compared to radio signals. "OPALS has shown that space-to-ground laser communications transmissions are practical and repeatable," said Matthew Abrahamson, OPALS mission manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Labo ... read more

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Astronaut turned Twitter star, Reid Wiseman, back on Earth
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman returned to Earth Sunday night after nearly six months aboard the International Space Station. He and his Expedition 41 companions, Russian Maxim Suraev and German Alexander Gerst, touched down safely in Kazakhstan at 10:58 p.m. EST (Monday morning in Kazakhstan). ... more
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Three-man multinational space crew returns to Earth
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International Space Station astronauts put GoPro camera in a floating ball of water
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ISS Agency Heads Issue Joint Statement
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Cosmonauts complete 3rd EVA for October
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Russian cosmonauts finish all planned work outside ISS
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