NASA's Mars Helicopter Takes Flight, 1st for Another Planet
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NASA's Mars Helicopter Takes Flight, 1st for Another Planet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's experimental helicopter Ingenuity rose into the thin air above the dusty red surface of Mars on Monday, achieving the first powered flight by an aircraft on another planet. The triumph was hailed as a... Read More

Biden Picks Bill Nelson to Lead NASA
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Biden Picks Bill Nelson to Lead NASA
2021-03-19 20:25:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Friday nominated former Sen. Bill Nelson to be the next NASA administrator. The Florida Democrat served three terms in the Senate before losing his reelection bid to Republican Rick Scott in 2018. In 1986,... Read More

NASA Releases Mars Landing Video: 'Stuff of Our Dreams'
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NASA Releases Mars Landing Video: 'Stuff of Our Dreams'

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA on Monday released the first high-quality video of a spacecraft landing on Mars, a three-minute trailer showing the enormous orange and white parachute hurtling open and the red dust kicking up as rocket engines... Read More

NASA to Land Historic Perseverance Rover on Mars This Week
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NASA to Land Historic Perseverance Rover on Mars This Week
2021-02-17 17:21:14
by Sara Wilkerson

NASA will be making its most precise and technologically complex landing yet when its Perseverance rover lands on Mars later on this week. The landing will be the space agency’s fifth rover mission on Mars.  “Perseverance is NASA’s most ambitious... Read More

NASA Awards Contract to Launch Initial Elements for Lunar Outpost
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NASA Awards Contract to Launch Initial Elements for Lunar Outpost
2021-02-10 16:54:03
by TWN Staff

NASA has selected SpaceX of Hawthorne, Calif., to provide launch services for the agency’s Power and Propulsion Element and Habitation and Logistics Outpost, the foundational elements of the "Gateway" -- the first long-term orbiting outpost around the Moon. The Gateway... Read More

NASA Preps SpaceX Crew for ISS Space Launch Later This Week
Space
NASA Preps SpaceX Crew for ISS Space Launch Later This Week
2020-11-10 13:35:08
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, NASA is preparing to help send Crew-1 SpaceX astronauts to the International Space Station for a six-month expedition in Earth’s lower orbit.  This is the first crew rotation flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon... Read More

AZ Senate: Mark Kelly (D)
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AZ Senate: Mark Kelly (D)
2020-10-28 13:55:38
by TWN Staff

About Kelly: Mark Kelly is a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate in Arizona. Kelly, the son of two police officers, grew up attending public schools from elementary school until enrolling in the United States Merchant Marine Academy and U.S.... Read More

Big Data, Big Challenges. Will Big Government be Able to Handle it?
Technology
Big Data, Big Challenges. Will Big Government be Able to Handle it?
2020-09-24 21:18:21
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- Along with the rapid creation of data comes the complications of capitalizing on new capabilities for storing, computing, analyzing and visualizing the information. The Federal News Network convened a panel of top government data officials to discuss how... Read More

SpaceX Capsule and NASA Crew Make 1st Splashdown in 45 years
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SpaceX Capsule and NASA Crew Make 1st Splashdown in 45 years

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk's SpaceX company. It was... Read More

SpaceX Docks at the International Space Station With Two NASA Astronauts for the First Time
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SpaceX Docks at the International Space Station With Two NASA Astronauts for the First Time

ORLANDO, Fla. — SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule eased its way to the International Space Station on Sunday morning, autonomously docking and marking the first time an American commercial capsule with humans aboard performed the feat. The docking, which concluded shortly... Read More

NASA and SpaceX Postpone Historic Astronaut Launch to Saturday
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NASA and SpaceX Postpone Historic Astronaut Launch to Saturday

ORLANDO, Fla. — With bad weather hovering over the Space Coast Wednesday, SpaceX and NASA had to postpone their return to space until the weekend. The mission plans to take astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space... Read More

NASA Astronauts Go Back to the Future with Capsule Launch
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NASA Astronauts Go Back to the Future with Capsule Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It's back to the future as NASA astronauts launch again from the U.S. — aboard a retro-style "Right Stuff" capsule. Make no mistake: This is not your father's — or grandfather's — capsule. SpaceX's Dragon... Read More

NASA, SpaceX Bringing Astronaut Launches Back to Home Turf
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NASA, SpaceX Bringing Astronaut Launches Back to Home Turf

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in nearly a decade, U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil. And for the first time in the history of human spaceflight, a... Read More

Will Virus Keep Florida Spectators From Astronaut Launch?
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Will Virus Keep Florida Spectators From Astronaut Launch?

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In ordinary times, the beaches and roads along Florida’s Space Coast would be packed with hundreds of thousands of spectators, eager to witness the first astronaut launch from Florida in nine years. In the age of coronavirus,... Read More

NASA Selects Three Companies to Design New Lunar Landing Craft
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NASA Selects Three Companies to Design New Lunar Landing Craft
2020-04-30 19:58:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - NASA awarded contracts to three companies on Thursday to design and develop human landing systems, one of which will land the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon by 2024 as part of the... Read More

US Astronaut Sets Record for Longest Spaceflight by a Woman
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US Astronaut Sets Record for Longest Spaceflight by a Woman

A U.S. astronaut set a record Saturday for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, breaking the old mark of 288 days with about two months left in her mission. Christina Koch, a 40-year-old electrical engineer from Livingston, Montana, arrived... Read More

‘Hidden Figures’ to Receive Congressional Gold Medals
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‘Hidden Figures’ to Receive Congressional Gold Medals

Four historic “hidden figures” from NASA Langley Research Center will receive Congressional Gold Medals for their pioneering work during the space race and beyond. A bipartisan bill recognizing Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson for their groundbreaking... Read More

NASA Opens International Space Station to Space Tourists, New Commercial Ventures
Science
NASA Opens International Space Station to Space Tourists, New Commercial Ventures
2019-06-07 21:07:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - NASA announced Friday it plans to open the International Space Station to businesses and even tourists in a bid to "accelerate a thriving commercial economy in low-Earth orbit." The space agency is not selling trips to the space... Read More

NASA Test Flights in Reno Aim to Set Stage for Future Drone Package Deliveries
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NASA Test Flights in Reno Aim to Set Stage for Future Drone Package Deliveries
2019-05-24 01:45:16
by Dan McCue

NASA launched the final stage of its four-year program to create a national traffic management system for drones this week, a move that brings home delivery of packages, medical supplies and even pizza by small unmanned aircraft one step closer... Read More

Senate Witnesses Advocate Space Force to Protect U.S. Military and Private Satellites
National Security
Senate Witnesses Advocate Space Force to Protect U.S. Military and Private Satellites
2019-05-15 16:04:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The United States needs a new military branch called the Space Force for national defense and to protect commercial satellites, expert witnesses told a Senate panel Tuesday. President Donald Trump proposed the Space Force last year as a... Read More

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