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Next Launch ATV-5 on a Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana scheduled for 29 Jul 14 23:47:38 GMT

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Long-Delayed AFSPC-4 Mission Boosted into Orbit Atop Delta IV Rocket

Stunning view of the Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) vehicle boosting the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)-4 mission into near-geosynchronous orbit on Monday, 28 July. Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

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Technicians load cargo aboard the fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) at the Guiana Space Centre in March 2014. Photo Credit: ESA

A giant Ariane 5 booster stands ready at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, awaiting a nocturnal liftoff at precisely 8:47:38 p.m. local time (7:47:38 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday, 29 [...]

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Columbia roars into the darkened Florida sky at 12:31 a.m. EDT on 23 July 1999. It would be one of the most hazardous launch phases in shuttle history. Photo Credit: NASA

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Eileen Collins, the first female spacecraft commander in history, floats in Columbia’s middeck, 15 years ago this week. Photo Credit: NASA

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Progress M-24M Delivers 2014's Third Batch of Russian Supplies to Space Station

Progress M-24M approaches its docking with the International Space Station (ISS), less than six hours after departing Baikonur. Photo Credit: NASA

Less than six hours after departing Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Russia’s Progress M-24M cargo craft successfully docked automatically at the Earth-facing (or “nadir”) port of the International Space Station’s (ISS) Pirs module at [...]

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The STS-93 crew poses with a model of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. This shuttle mission also entered into the history books for having the first female commander (Eileen Collins, here joined by Steven Hawley, Jerry Ashby, Michel Tognini, and Cady Coleman). Photo Credit: NASA

The 2009 book Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to [...]

'Super-Fast' Progress M-24M Ready for Wednesday Launch to Space Station

Pictured during an undocking from the International Space Station (ISS) in April 2014, the Progress family of cargo spacecraft has resupplied four discrete space stations, including Salyut 6, Salyut 7 and Mir, since the mid-1970s. Photo Credit: NASA

After three months docked at the International Space Station (ISS), Russia’s Progress M-23M cargo craft—otherwise known [...]

Kennedy Space Center's Operations and Checkout Building Renamed after 'First Man' Neil Armstrong

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden presents Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Director Bob Cabana with a flown Apollo 11 patch. Someday, this patch will be flown on the first manned Mars mission, to be helmed by NASA’s Orion spacecraft. This presentation took place during today’s renaming of KSC’s Operations and Checkout Building. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

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Delta IV Stands Ready for Air Force's 'Neighborhood Watch' Mission

The most recent Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) vehicle lofted the sixth GPS Block IIF satellite on 17 May 2014. The vehicle tasked for the AFSPC-4 mission will be a similar configuration, with a 13-foot (4-meter) payload fairing and twin Graphite Epoxy Motors (GEM)-60. Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

On its eighth mission of a marathon [...]

'For One Priceless Moment': 45 Years Since Apollo 11 Changed the World (Part 4)

One of the relatively few images of Neil Armstrong at work on the lunar surface, close to Eagle. Photo Credit: NASA

On Sunday, 20 July 1969, the Mission Operations Control Room (MOCR) at NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC)—later to become the Johnson Space Center (JSC)—in Houston, Texas, was filled with tension and expectant quiet. [...]