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27 Aug 14 4:50:00 GMT
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SpaceX Launch Success Trials New Rocket, New Engine, New-Look Falcon 9

Powered uphill by the new Merlin 1D engines, SpaceX’s new Falcon 9 carried Canada’s CASSIOPE communications satellite into orbit. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher/AmericaSpace

For most of us, Sunday is generally recognized as a day of rest, relaxation, and recharging of the batteries for the week ahead. Not so Sunday, 29 September 2013. With [...]

SpaceX Ready to Launch Uprated Falcon 9 v1.1 and CASSIOPE

With a five-flight history dominated thus far by Dragon and ISS cargo delivery, Sunday’s scheduled mission will demonstrate the attractiveness of SpaceX to the commercial space sector. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Like a row of pearls, SpaceX—the Hawthorne, Calif.-based launch services organization and seemingly “golden child” of NASA’s Commercial Crew integrated Capability (CCiCap) aspirations—plans to [...]

Robotics Workstation in the International Space Station’s Cupola

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg inside the Cupola component of the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

At the robotics workstation in the International Space Station’s Cupola, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedition 36 flight engineer, participates in onboard training activity in preparation for the grapple and berthing of the Japanese “Kounotori” H2 Transfer Vehicle-4 (HTV-4). [...]

Ideas Welcome: CASIS Announces Crowdsourcing Contest, “What Would You Send to the ISS?”

Image Credit: Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the nonprofit organization managing research onboard the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, today announced a four-week contest titled “What Would You Send to the ISS?”, which is open to the general [...]

Expedition 36 Cosmonauts Break EVA Record

Expedition 36 flight engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Aleksandr Misurkin completed Russia’s longest ever EVA on Friday, Aug. 16. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

It was a record that hadn’t been challenged since the days of Mir in 1990, but on Friday, Aug. 16, it was smashed by Expedition 36′s Russian flight engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Aleksandr [...]

Retro Space Images: The Beginning of the End

Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace

The Last — This image, snapped by AmericaSpace’s Mark Usicak, shows Space Shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The final launch of the shuttle era took place two years ago today.

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NASA Announces Space Station Research and Development Conference

Photo Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — The American Astronautical Society, in cooperation with NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), will conduct the second annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference July 16-18 in Denver. 

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Key Milestone Passed in Construction of the James Webb Space Telescope

Construction of the crucial “backbone” of the James Webb Telescope has now been completed. Image Credit: NASA.

The James Webb Space Telescope, a joint project of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency, is planned to be launched in 2018 on an ESA Ariane 5 rocket. The Northrop Grumman Corporation [...]

Chris Hadfield Retires After Return from ISS Command

Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian commander of the ISS, has retired from the Canadian Space Agency. Photo Credit: NASA

Just a month after his return from a stint aboard the International Space Station where he served as the first Canadian commander of that vessel, astronaut Chris Hadfield announced his resignation on his first trip [...]

NASA Video: Soyuz Travels to International Space Station

Video courtesy of NASA

This video shows the approach of the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft to the waiting International Space Station. On board Soyuz was the flight’s commander, Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, along with flight engineers Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano. The trio launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan less than six [...]