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NASA progressing toward first launch of Orion spacecraft

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Employees at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., unpack four large metal rings that will be used to create adapters for NASA's Orion spacecraft to integrate with the propulsion elements for flight. The rings were forged at Major Tool and Machine in Indianapolis, Ind., for NASA's Space Launch System Program, managed at the Marshall Center. (Credit: NASA/MSFC)

Dec. 13, 2012 — Recent engineering advances by NASA and its industry partners across the country show important progress toward Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), the next step to launching humans to deep space. The uncrewed EFT-1 mission, launching from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2014, will test the re-entry performance of...

SpaceX Dragon returns from space station with NASA cargo

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SpaceX's Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 3:22 p.m. EDT Sunday ending the first cargo delivery flight contracted by NASA to resupply the ISS. (Credit: NASA)

BestAstronomy (Oct. 29, 2012) — A Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 2:22 p.m. CDT Sunday a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico. The splashdown successfully ended the first contracted cargo delivery flight contracted by...

NASA rover finds old streambed on Martian surface

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Remnants of Ancient Streambed on Mars: NASA's Curiosity rover found evidence for an ancient, flowing stream on Mars at a few sites, including the rock outcrop pictured here, which the science team has named "Hottah" after Hottah Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

BestAstronomy (Sep. 27, 2012) — NASA's Curiosity rover mission has found evidence a stream once ran vigorously across the area on Mars where the rover is driving. There...

Asteroid's troughs suggest stunted planet

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An image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on July 24, 2011, shows troughs along the equator of the asteroid Vesta, including Divalia Fossa, which is larger than the Grand Canyon. A new study analyzing these troughs finds that they are probably graben – a dip in the surface with faults on either side that would indicate that Vesta has characteristics much like a planet or large moon. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)

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NASA Mars rover Opportunity reveals geological mystery: Spherical objects unlike previously found 'blueberries'

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BestAstronomy (Sep. 14, 2012) — NASA's long-lived rover Opportunity has returned an image of the Martian surface that is puzzling researchers. Share This: See Also: Space & TimeMarsNASASpace ExplorationSpace MissionsSolar SystemAstronomyReference Mars Exploration RoverPhoenix (spacecraft)Deimos (moon)Exploration of Mars

Spherical objects concentrated at an outcrop Opportunity reached last week differ in several ways from iron-rich...