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Virgin Galactic Unveils New SpaceShipTwo

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/02/19 04:19 CST | 3 comments

Nearly 16 months after Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo was destroyed in a fatal accident, the company is getting ready to fly again.

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In Pictures: Cygnus Takes out the Trash

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/02/19 01:08 CST | 1 comment

Early this morning, Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra released a trash-filled Cygnus cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station. Orbital ATK flight controllers will send Cygnus into Earth's atmosphere for a controlled reentry Saturday morning.

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UPDATED: ESA activates a new old space camera

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/02/19 10:45 CST | 2 comments

Inspired by the Mars Webcam on Mars Express, ESA's Cluster mission has turned on a camera on the Cluster spacecraft for the first time since their launch more than 15 years ago. UPDATE: It has now acquired images of Earth.

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NASA's New Budget Would Gut Europa But Otherwise Support Planetary Exploration

Posted by Van Kane on 2016/02/18 08:02 CST | 8 comments

It’s clear that the President’s budget officers really don’t want to fund a mission to Europa. Other than that, the proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget submitted by the President last week to Congress would be great for planetary exploration.

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SLS Mockup Finds Path through Southern U.S.

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/02/17 12:09 CST

The SLS core stage pathfinder is a 65-meter-long, full-size mockup of the actual rocket's main section. Just like SLS, building, assembling and utilizing the pathfinder involves multiple contractors and NASA centers around the southern U.S.

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Data Dump: NASA's Planetary Science Program By the Numbers

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2016/02/16 08:58 CST | 3 comments

We provide you the gritty budget breakdown by program and mission for NASA's Planetary Science Division.

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Light plays on a Martian crater rim

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/02/16 01:30 CST

Recently, space image processing enthusiast Thomas Appéré noticed that Curiosity had taken five photos of exactly the same spot on the rim of Gale crater, identical but for being taken at different times of day. That spot was due north of the rover, so the rising and lowering Sun illuminates the rounded hummocks of the crater rim differently from early morning to early afternoon.

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A new hope for a microphone on Mars: Enhancing Mars 2020 science with sound

Posted by Bruce Betts and Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/02/15 10:19 CST | 5 comments

When the Mars 2020 rover lands, we may finally hear the first audio recordings from the Martian surface.

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“Upside Down & Inside Out” - OK Go Makes Art at Zero-G

Posted by Erin Greeson on 2016/02/12 08:00 CST

OK Go just dropped their most spectacular - and daring - music video yet, “Upside Down & Inside Out.” Filmed in microgravity over many parabolic flights in Russia, “Upside Down & Inside Out” sets a new precedent for what’s possible as artists consider our future in space.

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The Sea That Has Become Known

Posted by Porter McDonald on 2016/02/12 06:00 CST

Artist Porter McDonald describes his latest painting, Mare Cognitum, which features NASA's Ranger 7 spacecraft.

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