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SpaceShipTwo Success! First Powered Flight

UPDATE: For the first time ever, SpaceShipTwo fired its rocket engine in flight! A major milestone in commercial human spaceflight. According to a Virgin Galactic report: “Wheels stop—SpaceShipTwo safely on the ground after a triumphant day in the sky. So proud of our team!” SpaceShipTwo pilots Stucky and Alsbury confirm: SpaceShipTwo exceeded the speed of [...]

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Ice at the Moon’s South Pole: Location for Future Moon Habitat?

The Moon is taking on an icy look thanks to NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft. Using a laser altimeter on the LRO, a research team essentially has illuminated the crater’s interior of Shackleton crater. Scientists from MIT, Brown University, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and other institutions have mapped Shackleton crater with unprecedented detail. [...]

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Sizing Up Space Rocks: Vesta – a Clear Winner!

After nearly four years traveling through space, the NASA Dawn spacecraft reached its destination and entered orbit around the asteroid Vesta on 16 July 16th. Scientists will create detailed maps and elevation models of this celestial body, which is located in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Dawn’s data gathering is expected to [...]

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New Survey Findings: Public Support for NASA/Space Shuttle

A just released Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey has found that 50% of Americans polled say the Space Shuttle program worth what it cost taxpayers. As the last U.S. space shuttle now circles the planet, the survey found that Americans are slightly more supportive of the NASA program than they were a year-and-a-half ago. These [...]

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Visionary Quest to Asteroid Vesta: Arrival July 16

Standby for up-close looks at the large asteroid Vesta! This object resides in the main asteroid belt and is the target of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. Spacecraft controllers are ready to go into orbit around Vesta on July 16. Once on duty, scientists will begin gathering data in early August. “The spacecraft is right on target,” [...]

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