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House Members Issue Bi-Partisan Call for Human Exploration Strategy Using Space Launch System, Orion

A bi-partisan letter from 32 members of the U.S. House urges the White House to structure a “safe, focused and expeditious return of American astronauts to deep space exploration on an American rocket launched from American soil.” The lawmakers, led by Steven M. Palazzo, chair of the House Science Subcommittee, and Donna F. Edwards, the [...]

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Space Microbe “Selfies” Set to Fly

Citizen science is blazing a trail into Earth orbit. Onboard the SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon capsule soon to be headed for the International Space Station (ISS) are microbes collected from across the United States. The effort is known as Project MERCCURI. It investigates how microbes from different places on Earth compare to each other and to [...]

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Space Station: High-value Drug Research

Set for an upcoming ride to the International Space Station (ISS) are nearly a100 proteins to be used in crystallization studies – microgravity research that could lead to innovative methods of drug discovery. A SpaceX Falcon booster is to depart Florida on March 16, making a delivery run to the orbiting complex. The protein crystallization [...]

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President Signs Compromise 2014 Spending Measure That Includes $17.65 billion for NASA

  Mid-January produced a flurry of U. S. legislative activity in Washington D. C. that concluded late Friday with President Obama’s signature of a $1.1 trillion Omnibus appropriations act for 2014 that funds the federal spending through Sept. 30, including a sequester lifting $17.65 billion in spending for NASA. Concerns over another near term U. [...]

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Space Station Crew Welcomes Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus Cargo Mission

The six person crew of the International Space Station eagerly greeted the first Orbital Science Corp’s re-supply mission flown under the terms of an eight-flight $1.9 billion Commercial Crisply Services agreement early Sunday. The astronauts opened the supply capsule at 12:17 p.m., EST, well ahead of schedule, and began to unload a 2,780 pound cargo [...]

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