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Astronaut Recalls the Peril of Apollo 13 and Joys of a Test Pilot’s Life
Space
Astronaut Recalls the Peril of Apollo 13 and Joys of a Test Pilot’s Life
2022-04-14 14:57:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — By April 1970, Americans had grown pretty difficult to shock.  The assassinations that bracketed the past decade had seen to that, as had an intractable war and the seeming unraveling of society that saw generations at each other's... Read More

Space
SpaceX Launches Three Visitors to Space Station for $55M Each

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched three rich businessmen and their astronaut escort to the International Space Station on Friday for more than a week’s stay, as NASA joins Russia in hosting guests at the world’s most expensive tourist... Read More

Space
NASA Heads to the Moon Again but Only if It Fixes Its Problems
2022-03-01 21:48:42
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — If there was a single lesson from a congressional hearing Tuesday on plans for a U.S. return to the moon, it is that space exploration remains filled with dangers, technical difficulties and enormous costs. The difference between NASA’s... Read More

Space
NASA Space Telescope Unfolds Mirrors, Advances to Final Stage
2022-01-10 21:19:01
by Reece Nations

GREENBELT, Md. — NASA's James Webb Space Telescope successfully metamorphosed into its final and most critical stage after unfolding the last of its enormous golden mirrors in outer space on Saturday. The mission’s latest developments were shared with the world... Read More

Space
James Webb Space Telescope Deploys New Era of Space Observation
2021-12-27 22:15:20
by Reece Nations

KOUROU, French Guiana — The James Webb Space Telescope finally launched into outer space on Christmas morning becoming NASA’s new flagship mission. Named after former NASA administrator James E. Webb, who served during the early days of the Apollo program,... Read More

Space
NASA Officials Argue for Continuing International Space Station Operations
2021-09-21 19:53:53
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Space technologists made a plea to Congress Tuesday to continue authorization for the International Space Station even as private companies play a bigger role in the exploration formerly done only by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The... Read More

Space
NASA Administrator Makes Space Resource History with 10 Cent Check
2021-08-24 15:27:53
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Administrator Bill Nelson handed over a check for 10 cents to Lunar Outpost CEO Justin Cyrus at yesterday’s Space Foundation 36th Space Symposium.  The check was 10% of the Colorado-based startup’s $1... Read More

Space
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
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

Space
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

Space
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

Space
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

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

Senate Watch
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

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

Space
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

Space
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

Space
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

Space
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

Science
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

In The News
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

Science
‘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
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

Science
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

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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