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Tue, Sep 23, 2014

NASA Cargo Launches To Space Station Aboard SpaceX Resupply Mission

Flight Is Fourth For SpaceX To ISS

About 5,000 pounds of NASA science investigations and cargo are on their way to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft. The cargo ship launched on the company's Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 0152 EDT Sunday, Sept. 21.

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Tue, Sep 23, 2014

MAVEN Successfully Placed Into Orbit Around Mars

Will Undergo Six Weeks Of Commissioning Checks Before Science Mission Begins

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN ( MAVEN ) spacecraft was successfully placed in orbit around Mars this evening. The spacecraft’s flight operations are controlled by a team at Lockheed Martin’s Mission Support Area near Denver, Colorado.

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Tue, Sep 23, 2014

NASA's 2015 Sample Return Robot Challenge Open For Registration

Teams Must Show A Robot Can Autonomously Locate And Collect Samples From Varied Landscapes

Registration is open for the fourth running of the NASA Centennial Challenge program's Sample Return Robot Challenge, which will take place June 8-13, 2015. The autonomous robot competition, which carries a prize purse of $1.5 million, will be held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, which has hosted the event since 2012.

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Tue, Sep 23, 2014

Virgin Galactic Is Six Years Behind Schedule

Had Promised The First Commercial Flights By Early 2009

With great fanfare, Sir Richard Branson said back in 2005 that he would have civilians in space by "2008 or early 2009," and the wealthy lined up to put down deposits on their space adventures.

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Mon, Sep 22, 2014

Airborne 09.22.14: New US Rocket Engine, ForeFlight iOS8 Ready, Missing WWII Airmen Come Home

Also: Triton Arrives Pax River, G1000 Warranty Program, Zero-G 3D Printer, Amazing AVW Carrier Vid

The U.S. space flight industry moves in a positive direction as with the announcement that United Launch Alliance, referred to as ULA, and Blue Origin, LLC, a privately-funded aerospace company owned by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, have entered into an agreement to jointly fund development of the new BE-4 rocket engine by Blue Origin. ForeFlight Mobile version 6.3.2 is now available on the App Store, and the company says the update brings performance improvements, a few bug fixes, and most importantly, support for iOS 8, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It also provides improvements for Stratus customers. The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced that the remains of U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been accounted for and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. All this... and MORE in today's episod

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Mon, Sep 22, 2014

High School Teachers Given Astronaut Training Opportunity

Application Period Open For Honeywell's 2015 Program

Teachers of mathematics and science around the world are invited to apply for the 2015 Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy (HESA) program, a simulated astronaut training and professional development program of Honeywell at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL.

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Mon, Sep 22, 2014

NASA Airborne Campaigns Focus On Arctic Climate Impacts

Three Alaska-Based Campaigns Measuring A Variety Of Atmospheric Metrics

NASA researchers this summer and fall are carrying out three Alaska-based airborne research campaigns aimed at measuring greenhouse gas concentrations near Earth’s surface, monitoring Alaskan glaciers, and collecting data on Arctic sea ice and clouds.

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Mon, Sep 22, 2014

Spaceship Earth Grants Launches Global Spaceflight Contest

Early Applicants Can Also Compete To Win A Weightless/Parabolic Flight

Childhood dreams are now within reach and a unique approach to changing the world is underway as Spaceship Earth Grants (SEG) launches a new program to send private citizens to space. With its mission of enabling as many people as possible to have the spaceflight experience, the SEG crew is proud to launch its first contest to crowdfund an open number of spaceflight awards.

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