SpaceX Dragon Concludes Historic Flight With Ocean Landing

Dragon floating in the Pacific Ocean as it waits for recovery. Image: Michael Altenhofen/SpaceX/May 31, 2012

The capsule will stop in California before heading to Texas for remaining cargo unloading and processing.



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SpaceX Dragon Completes Historic Arrival On Space Station

Dragon is grappled by the space station's robotic arm. (NASA)

The mission culminated Saturday with the hatch opening of capsule Dragon.



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As Goes SpaceX, So Goes 'New Era' For NASA

The NASA/SpaceX COTS-2 launching. Image by NASA/Alan Ault/May 22, 2012

The first private cargo-carrying spacecraft to attempt reaching the International Space Station successfully began its journey Tuesday.



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NASA's FY2013 Budget Request

Len Ly
Senior Staff Reporter

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden during a briefing on the FY2013 budget. Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls/Feb.13, 2012

Maintaining access to the International Space Station remains a top priority.



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Space Station's Expedition 28 Trio Returns

The Soyuz TMA-21 carrying the Expedition 28 crew, lands in Kazakhstan. Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls/Sept.16, 2011

NASA and its international partners have agreed to a tentative launch schedule that will keep the station manned.



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NASA Announces Design Of Deep Space Rocket

An artist's concept of future destinations. Image: NASA

An initial unmanned test flight is targeted for the end of 2017, NASA says.



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NASA Launches Pair of Moon-Mapping Spacecraft

Len Ly
Senior Staff Reporter

The GRAIL spacecraft will map the moon's gravity field, as depicted in this artist's rendering. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The spacecraft are expected to reach Earth's moon by New Year's Day 2012.



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NASA's Astronaut Corps Plans in Post-Shuttle Era Lack 'Sufficient Flexibility'

STS-123 mission specialist Richard Linnehan participates in a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. Photo: NASA

A study determines more astronauts are needed.



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'Goodbye' To Atlantis And Space Shuttle Era

Atlantis returns from mission STS-135, the last of the space shuttle program. Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls, July 21, 2011

Atlantis' landing brings pride, relief and transition.



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Space Shuttle Era Finishes With Atlantis

Atlantis lifts off for mission STS-135, the last space shuttle flight. Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls/July 8, 2011

The flight is the 135th.



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Space Station: Other Half of Expedition 28 Launches, Unique Photos Released

Expedition 28 trio Mike Fossum, Sergei Volkov and Satoshi Furukawa. Photo: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

The trio will arrive Thursday.



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Space Shuttle Endeavour Returns From Final Mission

L-R: Roberto Vittori, Greg Johnson, Mark Kelly, Mike Fincke, Greg Chamitoff, Drew Feustel. Photo: NASA/Kim Shiflett/June 1, 2011

The orbiter has spent 299 days in space and traveled more than 122.8 million miles during its 25 flights.



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NASA Decides On Human Deep Space Vehicle

An artist's rendering of the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle in deep space. Image: John Frassanito & Associates

Congress wants one by 2016.



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Expedition 27 Returns From Space Station

Aboard the International Space Station from left are Paolo Nespoli, Dmitry Kondratyev and Cady Coleman. Photo: NASA/May 21, 2011

A rare undocking procedure was approved.



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Space Answers First Papal Call

Pope Benedict XVI talks with crews on the International Space Station. Image: European Space Agency/May 21, 2011

The pope's talk with shuttle and space station crews lasted about 20 minutes. 



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Billions of Planets Wander Alone In Milky Way

Len Ly
Senior Staff Reporter

An artist's conception of a Jupiter-like planet floating freely without a parent star. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt

Study suggests there are nearly twice as many of these Jupiter-sized planets as stars.



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There Is Endeavour In Space, One Final Time

Endeavour lifts off for the STS-134 mission to the International Space Station. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/May 16, 2011

The shuttle is en route to the International Space Station for a 16-day mission.



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First American In Space Receives Own Stamp

The stamp is the U.S. Postal Service's first that honors an individual astronaut. Image: U.S. Postal Service

The historic flight lasted 15 minutes.



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Endeavour's Last Mission Postponed Due To Technical Issue

President Obama and his family tour Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls/April 29, 2011

President Obama still visited Kennedy Space Center and spoke with Rep. Giffords there.



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Endeavour On Track For Friday Launching

Endeavour on Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center. Photo: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis/April 18, 2009

President Obama and Rep. Giffords are expected to watch.



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Space Shuttle Endeavour To Retire In Los Angeles

Space shuttle orbiter Endeavour. Photo: NASA/April 22, 2002

Locations for Enterprise, Atlantis and Discovery have also been named.



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Chinese Satellite Debris Gives Space Station Crew A Fright

The International Space Station. Photo: NASA/March 7, 2011

The all-clear was issued around noon PDT.



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Second Half Of Expedition 27 Launches To Space Station

Expedition 27 trio Ron Garan, Alexander Samokutyaev and Andrey Borisenko. Photo: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

Crew will continue scientific research and perform station maintenance, NASA says.



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Expedition 26: Space Station Trio Returns To Earth

The Expedition 26 trio minutes after landing. Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Three other Expedition 26 members remain on the station to begin Expedition 27.



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Space Shuttle Discovery Lands For 39th And Final Time

Discovery completes mission STS-133 and lands at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo: NASA TV/March 9, 2011

The shuttle flew its first mission in 1984.



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X-37B: 'America's Miniature Military Space Shuttle' Blasts Off Second Time

Len Ly
Senior Staff Reporter

An Atlas 5 rocket carrying an X-37B space plane lifts off. Photo: Pat Corkery/United Launch Alliance

Test mission is expected to last approximately 270 days.



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NASA's Glory Satellite Fails To Reach Orbit

Taurus XL rocket with NASA's encapsulated Glory spacecraft. Photo: NASA/VAFB

A similar failure occurred two years ago.



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Space Shuttle Discovery Launched For Final Time

Space shuttle Discovery lifts off for STS-133 mission. Photo: NASA TV

The shuttle already completed 38 missions.



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Google Lunar X PRIZE: 'Official Private Race To the Moon Is On'

Len Ly
Senior Staff Reporter

Peter Diamandis, chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation. Photo: X PRIZE Foundation/Sept. 13, 2007

Twenty-nine teams are in the unprecedented robotic space exploration contest.



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Astronaut Mark Kelly Resumes Training for Endeavour STS-134

Astronaut Mark Kelly. Photo: NASA

Kelly took time off to care for wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.



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Kepler Telescope Spots Potentially Habitable Planets, Six-Planet System

Len Ly
Senior Staff Reporter

Six confirmed planets orbit Kepler-11, a sun-like star. Image: NASA/Tim Pyle

Findings could triple the number of known exoplanets.



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NASA's Fallen Explorers: Apollo 1, Challenger And Columbia Remembered

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden lays a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery. Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls/Jan. 27, 2011

Stories from around the Web.



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Hubble Space Telescope Finds Most Distant Galaxy Candidate Yet

The potential galaxy appears as a faint red blob. Photo: NASA, ESA, Garth Illingworth, Rychard Bouwens and the HUDF09 Team

It's much smaller than our Milky Way galaxy.



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Atlantis Officially Named NASA's Last Shuttle Flight

Space shuttle Atlantis heads to space on the STS-132 mission to the International Space Station. Photo: NASA/Kenny Allen

But funding remains uncertain.



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Delta IV Heavy Successfully Lifted Off From West Coast

Len Ly
Senior Staff Reporter

A Delta IV Heavy at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Photo: United Launch Alliance

It was the largest rocket ever launched from this side of the U.S. 



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Astronauts4Hire: Opening Up Space For Fleet Of Commercial Astronauts

Astronauts4Hire (A4H) member Laura Stiles performs an experiment in microgravity. Photo: A4H

Have a passion for a career in spaceflight?



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NASA Names Backup Shuttle Commander For Rep. Giffords' Astronaut Husband

NASA astronaut Mark Kelly married Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in 2007. Photo: Giffords Flickr photostream

Endeavour's STS-134 mission commander Mark Kelly will focus on caring for Giffords, who was shot in the head.

 



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Lunar Eclipse Tonight: When, Where And How To Watch It

Len Ly
Senior Staff Reporter

A total lunar eclipse. Photo: Fred Espenak/NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/July 16, 2000

The rare event also falls on the northern winter solstice.



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New Expedition 26 Trio Launches To Space Station

Expedition 26 trio Catherine Coleman, Dmitry Kondratyev and Paolo Nespoli. Photo: NASA

They will complete the mission in May.



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