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Next Launch MUOS-3 on a Atlas V 551 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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21 Jan 15 1:04:00 GMT
20 Jan 15 20:04:00 EST

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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (left) holds Orion EM-1 3-D woven heat shield hardware produced by Bally Ribbon Mills of Bally, Penn. With Bolden are Mark Harries and Ray Harries, Marketing Executive and President of Bally Ribbon Mills, and Mike Gazarik (Associate Administrator STMD) and Glenn Delgado (Head small business) of NASA at media briefing […]

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The Year in Space, 2014: New Beginnings, Continuing Discoveries

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EFT-1's Orion Capsule Returned to San Diego by US Navy (PHOTOS)

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Just three days after its historic mission, NASA’s Orion capsule—which made a successful test flight after being launched aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) […]

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The EFT-1 Orion spacecraft, encapsulated within its payload shroud and topped by the Launch Abort System (LAS), is lowered into position atop the Delta IV Heavy. Photo Credit: NASA

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