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NASA Unveils Plan to Boost Space Taxi Development

NASA plans to spend $1.6 billion over the next two years assisting industry development of space taxis, the space agency announced Monday. NASA outlined a contract that will be awarded to multiple companies that can provide a complete design — launchers, spaceships, mission operations and ground support — to ferry …

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Space Station Launches Set to Resume in November

Crew flights to the International Space Station will resume in November, preventing the station from being left empty. The Space Station Control Board, consisting of NASA and international partner space agencies, tentatively set Nov. 14 as the date to resume launches. Launches of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft have been on …

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NASA Unveils Shuttle Replacement

The Space Shuttle made its final landing in July, leaving NASA to plan for future manned missions. The space agency unveiled the Shuttle’s replacement Wednesday, announcing it is moving forward with the Space Launch System. The Space Launch System would carry astronauts into deep space in a capsule, Orion Multi-Purpose …

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NASA Launches Unmanned Lunar Flight to Map Surface, Density

NASA launched an unmanned, solar-powered spacecraft on Saturday on a 250,000-mile, three-and-a-half month voyage to recover some of the most detailed information about the moon ever recorded. The twin lunar Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory is taking a low-energy trajectory to the moon, whose surface and gravity it will map for …

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NASA Chief Technologist Braun to Leave Agency in October

NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun will leave the agency in October to return to Georgia Tech in Atlanta, the agency announced Tuesday. Braun became chief technologist in February 2010 under a two-year intergovernmental personnel agreement with Georgia Tech. Braun, NASA’s first chief technologist in a decade, was the agency’s principal …

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NASA, International Space Agencies May Leave Station Empty

Astronauts on the International Space Station may have to leave it without a crew to take their place, NASA officials said Monday. Reuters reports Russian rockets failed to reach orbit following launch Wednesday, forcing the Russian space agency to suspend all space launches pending an investigation. A three-man crew, including …

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NASA Helping to Publish Sci-Fi Book Series

NASA is partnering with Tor-Forge Books to develop and publish a series of science-fiction novels, the space agency announced Monday. NASA announced the “NASA Inspired Works of Fiction” will be based on concepts pertinent to current and future agency missions and operations. Scientists and engineers at the Goddard Space Flight …

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NASA Releases Solar Storm Footage

Much like meteorologists work to track storms here on Earth, NASA is working to track storms on the sun. NASA released video of a solar storm Thursday, recorded in Dec. 2008. The videos, recorded by spacecraft more than 65 million miles away from Earth, show the earth being engulfed by …

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NASA Forms New Directorate

A new NASA directorate will focus on both the International Space Station and human exploration beyond low earth orbit, the agency announced Friday The Human Exploration and Operations Mission directorate combines the Space Operations and Human Exploration directorates. NASA said the new directorate has already begun supporting space station operations. …

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