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X-43A test
NASA's X-43A research craft and its Pegasus rocket booster complete a captive carry test flight aboard a B-52 launch aircraft. (1min 48sec file)
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See the KSC damage
See damage to the Vehicle Assembly Building, the Saturn 5 Center and other facilities at Kennedy Space Center caused by Hurricane Jeanne. (4min 31sec file)
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Cape damage report
Jim Kennedy, director of the Kennedy Space Center, and Col. Mark Owen, 45th Space Wing commander, hold a news conference on Monday, Sept. 27 to provide a preliminary report on damage from Hurricane Jeanne at KSC and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (49min 30sec file)
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Hurricane Jeanne
Cameras aboard the International Space Station captured these views of Hurricane Jeanne on Saturday, Sept. 25 as the storm approached Florida. (3min 59sec file)
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Station news briefing
International Space Station program manager Bill Gerstenmaier holds a news conference Sept. 24 to discuss problems with the oxygen generation system and Expedition 10 launch preparations. (44min 06sec file)
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Galaxy clusters collide
Scientists describe a cosmic hurricane in this news conference from Sept. 23, explaining how two merging galaxy clusters churn high-pressure shock waves that leave thousands of galaxies strewn in the wake. (53min 24sec file)
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Meet next station crew
The three men to launch aboard the next Soyuz spacecraft bound for the International Space Station -- Expedition 10 commander Leroy Chiao, flight engineer Salizhan Sharipov and Russian taxi cosmonaut Yuri Shargin -- hold a pre-flight news conference near Moscow on Sept. 23. (43min 05sec file)
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Life on the station
Former International Space Station commander Mike Foale radioed current ISS science officer Mike Fincke on Sept. 22 to discuss actvities and work aboard the outpost. (5min 01sec file)
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Station chat with kids
Expedition 9 commander Gennedy Padalka and flight engineer Mike Fincke talk about life aboard the International Space Station during an in-flight educational event with students at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. (19min 00sec file)
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ISS educational event
The International Space Station's Expedition 9 crew hold an educational talk with students and members of the National Guard Bureau in Charleston, West Virginia. (19min 53sec file)
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NASA chief visits KSC
NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe tours the hurricane damage at Kennedy Space Center. (5min 50sec file)
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Shuttle news briefing
The Stafford-Covey Return to Flight Task Group's co-chairmen, former astronauts Tom Stafford and Dick Covey, hold a news conference Thursday to update reporters on NASA's efforts to prepare the next space shuttle mission. (47min 01sec file)
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Nearing the U.S.
From 230 miles above Earth, International Space Station astronaut Mike Fincke talks to Mission Control while an external camera watches Hurricane Ivan on Wednesday as the storm moved closer to landfall. (4min 53sec file)
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Ivan in the Gulf
As Hurricane Ivan moved into the Gulf of Mexico, this video recorded Tuesday evening aboard the International Space Station shows the storm and spectacular views of the eye. (6min 00sec file)
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Ivan over Cuba
This video of Hurricane Ivan from the International Space Station was recorded Monday as the storm passed over the western portion of Cuba. (4min 34sec file)
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Hurricane Ivan
Cameras on the International Space Station see Hurricane Ivan as the orbiting complex flies over the powerful storm on Saturday. (3min 05sec file)
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Friday's Genesis update
On Friday, Sept. 10, officials hold a news conference from Utah to update reporters on the recovery operations to salvage the Genesis sample return mission. (44min 47sec file)
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Genesis recovered
Workers recover the Genesis solar wind samples from the impact crater and take the equipment into a facility for examination. (2min 08sec file)
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Tour of KSC hurricane damage
Martin Wilson, manager of the Thermal Protection System Facility, gives a tour of the highly damaged building at Kennedy Space Center in the wake of Hurricane Frances. (2min 31sec file)
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Inside the VAB
Go inside Kennedy Space Center's hurricane-battered Vehicle Assembly Building and also see the damage to the 52-story tall facility's roof. (2min 51sec file)
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Post-impact news briefing
Officials hold a post-landing news conference in Utah a couple hours after Genesis returned to Earth on Sept. 8. (40min 52sec file)
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Capsule first spotted
Powerful tracking cameras spot the Genesis capsule for the first time a couple hundred thousand feet above Earth, prompting applause in the control centers. But just moments later, that joy turned to heartbreak. (1min 02sec file)
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Genesis crash lands
The Genesis sample return capsule tumbles through the sky and impacts the desert floor in Utah after its speed-slowing chute and parafoil failed to deploy for a mid-air recovery by a helicopter. (2min 29sec file)
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Slow-motion
This slow-motion video shows the Genesis capsule slamming into the ground. (1min 06sec file)
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Aerial views of crater
Aerial views show the Genesis capsule half buried in the Utah desert floor after its landing system suffered a failure. (1min 53sec file)
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Recovery helicopters
The primary and backup recovery helicopters take off with escort from a Blackhawk in preparation for the mid-air retrieval of Genesis. (1min 01sec file)
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The original plan
Animation shows how the Genesis spacecraft was supposed to return. Expert narration provided by JPL entry, descent and landing expert Rob Manning. (5min 29sec file)
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Tuesday's hurricane news briefing
The Kennedy Space Center director and 45th Space Wing commander from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station hold a news conference Tuesday to describe damage from Hurricane Frances. (46min 15sec file)
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Footage of KSC damage
This movie takes you on a tour of hurricane damage to Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, shuttle tile manufacturing facility and press site. (3min 11sec file)
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KSC damage report
Director of the Kennedy Space Center, Jim Kennedy, briefs reporters on the initial hurricane damage inspections at the spaceport on Monday, Sept. 6. (24min 00sec file)
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Spacewalk highlights
This movie captues the highlights from the fourth spacewalk by space station Expedition 9 commander Gennady Padalka and flight engineer Mike Fincke. (3min 33sec file)
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Preview of ISS spacewalk
NASA mission managers preview the upcoming fourth and final spacewalk by the Expedition 9 crew aboard the international space station. (50min 01sec file)
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Shuttles prepped for Frances
Workers close the payload bay doors, retract the landing gear and secure NASA's space shuttles in hangars at Kennedy Space Center to ride out Hurricane Frances. (3min 48sec file)
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Station pieces bagged
Modules and equipment awaiting launch to the International Space Station are covered with bags inside the processing facility at Kennedy Space Center as added protection from Hurricane Frances. (51sec file)
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Atlas blasts off
Lockheed Martin's last Atlas 2AS rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral carrying a classified National Reconnaissance Office spacecraft. (3min 59sec file)
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Salute to pad 36A
The Atlas launch team in the Complex 36 Blockhouse celebrate the history of pad 36A in a post-launch toast. The Atlas 2AS rocket flight was the last to launch from the pad, which entered service in 1962. (2min 09sec file)
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Mission success
The classified NRO payload is deployed from the Centaur upper stage to successfully complete the launch. (1min 56sec file)
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Hurricane Frances
An external camera aboard the International Space Station captured this dramatic view of Hurricane Frances churning in the Atlantic Ocean. (4min 46sec file)
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Planet discovery
A team of planet-hunters announce their discovery of a new class of planets beyond our solar system at this NASA news conference on Tuesday, August 31. (52min 49sec file)
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Monday's Atlas scrub
Stormy weather over Cape Canaveral caused the launch of the Atlas 2AS rocket to be scrubbed on August 30. (44sec file)
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Atlas launch preview
Preview the launch of Lockheed Martin's Atlas 2AS rocket carrying a classified National Reconnaissance Office spacecraft with this narrated animation package. (2min 22sec file)
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Sunday's Atlas scrub
Unacceptable weather conditions force the Atlas rocket's countdown to be stopped at T-minus 90 seconds on August 29. (1min 36sec file)
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Saturday's Atlas scrub
A shortage of liquid oxygen caused by a mis-configured valve prompts Lockheed Martin to scrub the August 28 attempt to launch the final Atlas 2AS rocket from Cape Canaveral. (1min 26sec file)
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Space shuttle update
NASA's William Readdy, Space Operations associate administrator and Bill Parsons, space shuttle program manager, provide a status report on returning the shuttles to flight in this teleconference with reporters held on the one-year anniversary since the CAIB report was issued. (37min 35sec file)
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Station update
To mark one year since the publication of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board final report, William Gerstenmaier, International Space Station program manager, updates the news media on the status of the project. (42min 41sec file)
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Titan 4 rollout
The Titan 4 rocket emerges from the Solid Motor Assembly and Readiness Facility at Cape Canaveral at about 5:45 a.m. August 25 for rollout to the Complex 40 pad. (3min 58sec file)
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On the launch pad
Riding on its mobile launching platform, the Titan 4 rocket arrives at the pad just before sunrise. (5min 22sec file)
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Sunrise over Titan 4
As dawn breaks over Cape Canaveral, these daylight scenes show the Titan 4 on Complex 40 in preparation for the final Florida launch of this heavy-lift rocket. (2min 11sec file)
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Return of Genesis
NASA's Genesis spacecraft will return to Earth on Sept. 8 with a capsule containing samples collected of solar wind. Officials preview the dramatic homecoming in this news conference. (50min 50sec file)
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Shuttle engine tested
One of the three liquid-fueled main engines that will power Discovery into orbit during the space shuttle return-to-flight mission is test-fired at Stennis Space Center. (2min 57sec file)
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Delta 4-Heavy preview
Preview what a Boeing Delta 4 rocket launch will be like with this animation package of a "Heavy" configuration vehicle. (1min 41sec file)
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Rover's stuck RAT
A problem with the Opportunity rover's Rock Abrasion Tool is explained in detailed by JPL mission manager Chris Salvo. (4min 14sec file)
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New water clues
Spirit's examination of rock outcropping at Gusev Crater has yielded new clues about the history of water there, as explained by Doug Ming, a rover science team member from Johnson Space Center. (5min 59sec file)
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Spirit on a hill
A stunning new picture from the Mars rover Spirit taken from the hillside shows the sweeping plains of Gusev and the crater's rim on the distant horizon. Expert narration is provided by Steve Squyres, the rover lead scientist. (1min 22sec file)
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Update on Opportunity
Steve Squyres, the rover lead scientist, descibes Opportunity's ongoing work inside Endurance Crater and narrates new pictures that includes clouds moving across the Martian sky. (5min 50sec file)
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Aug. 18 Mars briefing
Scientists and mission officials explain the latest findings and exploration by the Spirit and Opportunity rovers during this news conference on August 18. (49min 40sec file)
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Ship docks to station
The Russian Progress 15P resupply ship makes a fully automated rendezvous and docking with the International Space Station. An external camera on the craft provides this view of the final approach to the aft port of the Zvezda service module. (3min 49sec file)
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Hurricane Charley
A camera aboard the International Space Station captured this stunning view of the strengthening Hurricane Charley on the morning of August 12. (1min 32sec file)
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Tropical Storm Bonnie
As Tropical Storm Bonnie comes ashore in the Florida panhandle on the morning of August 12, the International Space Station provides this view as it the orbiting outpost flies overhead. (1min 40sec file)
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Reentry seen from space
An incredibly rare sight was captured by the International Space Station cameras when the discarded Progress 14P supply ship reentered Earth's atmosphere. The craft burned up during the fiery plunge, which is visible as a long streak below the station. (3min 49sec file)
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Earth as backdrop
Spectacular video of the departing Progress 14P cargo ship against the Earth backdrop is captured by the station's crew. (1min 34sec file)
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Progress undocking
The Russian Progress 14P cargo ship undocks from the International Space Station after delivering its load of supplies and fuel to the orbiting outpost. A camera mounted on the craft's nose provides this view of the Progress departing the aft port of the Zvezda service module. (2min 15sec file)
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Proton lofts Amazonas
A Russian Proton M rocket launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying the Amazonas communications satellite that will serve the Americas and Europe. (2min 25sec file)
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Proton preview
This narrated animation profiles the mission of a Proton rocket launching the Amazonas communications satellite. (2min 27sec file)
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Rocket rollout
The fully assembled Proton rocket is rolled to launch pad for its flight to place the Amazonas spacecraft into orbit. (41sec file)
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MESSENGER lifts off
The Boeing Delta 2-Heavy rocket launches at 2:16 a.m. EDT carrying the NASA's MESSENGER space probe from Cape Canaveral, Florida. (5min 23sec file)
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Cocoa Beach view
The Cocoa Beach tracking camera site captured this beautiful view of the launch and separation of the ground-ignited solid rocket boosters. (1min 31sec file)
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Next station crew
Expedition 10 Commander and NASA ISS Science Officer Leroy Chiao and Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov discuss their planned six-month mission on the space station. (11min 23sec file)
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Station crew set for EVA
Space station officials brief the news media on the continuing mission of the Expedition 9 crew and the plan for an upcoming spacewalk. (58min 42sec file)
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Welcome back to Earth
The Apollo 11 astronauts are retrieved from their capsule and welcomed back to Earth by President Richard Nixon. (2min 04sec file)
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Apollo 11 returns
Apollo 11 safely returns to Earth, making a parachute-assisted splashdown in the ocean. (3min 57sec file)
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MESSENGER preview
Mission officials and scientists preview the flight of NASA's MESSENGER space probe to orbit the planet Mercury during this news conference. (41min 36sec file)
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Apollo 11 moonwalk
Armstrong and Aldrin gather lunar samples and conduct experiments during their moonwalk. (2min 27sec file)
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Moon landing explained
The Apollo 11 astronauts narrate footage of their historic landing on the moon and describe the technical details of the descent. (22min 02sec file)
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Leaving the moon
The Eagle lunar module returns to the orbiting command module and the Apollo 11 astronauts head back to Earth. (5min 33sec file)
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Nixon calls the moon
President Richard Nixon calls Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to congratulate the astronauts following their successful landing on the moon. (1min 29sec file)
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Anniversary celebration
The Apollo 11 astronauts and other dignitaries hold a special 35th anniversary celebration in Washington on July 20. Hear from Armstrong, Aldrin, Collins, Walter Cronkite, NASA Administrator O'Keefe and others. (76min 12sec file)
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Heading for landing
The "Eagle" lunar lander undocks from the "Columbia" command module in preparation for landing. (1min 21sec file)
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The Eagle has landed!
The Apollo 11 spacecraft "Eagle" lands on the moon 35 years ago, delivering Armstrong and Aldrin. (2min 04sec file)
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Walking on the moon
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin step foot on the surface of the moon on July 20 1969, forever changing history. (11min 17sec file)
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Shuttle engine test
One of the liquid-fueled main engines that will power space shuttle Discovery on the return-to-flight mission next spring is test-fired at NASA's Stennis Space Center. (1min 56sec file)
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Cronkite interview
Famed CBS News anchorman Walter Cronkite recalls the Apollo 11 mission in this interview on NASA Television. (3min 15sec file)
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Apollo 11 crew interview
An interview with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin takes viewers in a retrospective through the Apollo 11 mission. (30min 39sec file)
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Mission animation
1960's animation provides this overview of the Saturn 5 rocket and the Apollo 11 mission from launch through return to Earth. Narration is provided. (2min 43sec file)
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The rocket view
Film footage from onboard the Saturn 5 rocket captures with stunning beauty the separation of the first stage and a short adapter ring with the blue Earth as backdrop. (1min 36sec file)
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Launch of Apollo 11
On this 35th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission, re-live the thrilling launch as the astronauts depart Earth for their lunar voyage. (9min 01sec file)
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Crew's launch preps
The three astronauts don their spacesuits and head for the launch pad in the final hours before liftoff of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969. (3min 53sec file)
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Thrust to the Moon
This NASA film from July 1965 entitled "Thrust to the Moon" looks at the work to develop the Saturn 5 launcher and the Apollo spacecraft. (4min 30sec file)
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Apollo Saturn
A detailed look at development of the Saturn 5 rocket is captured in this NASA film from October 1967 entitled "The Next Giant Leap: Apollo Saturn." (13min 53sec file)
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Aura lifts off
The Boeing Delta 2 rocket launches NASA's Aura atmospheric research satellite July 15 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. This movie following the flight from liftoff through ignition of the second stage and jettison of the payload fairing with ground cameras and infrared trackers. (5min 12sec file)
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Aura deployed
The Aura spacecraft is deployed from the Delta 2 rocket 64 minutes after liftoff while flying over Africa. (59sec file)
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Aura launch director
This is an interview with NASA launch director Chuck Dovale following the successful launch of Aura aboard the Delta 2 rocket. (2min 48sec file)
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Titan up close
Scientists reveal stunning pictures of Saturn's moon Titan and other results during this news conference from July 3. (38min 17sec file)
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Saturn ring pictures
Cassini's stunning close-up images of the rings around Saturn, taken just after the craft entered orbit Thursday morning, are presented with expert narration by Carolyn Porco, the mission imaging team leader. (8min 39sec file)
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International Space Station receives cargo vessel
A Russian cargo-delivery freighter safely docked to the International Space Station Wednesday, ferrying more than two tons of supplies and equipment for the outpost and its resident crew.
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NASA budget proposal kills Hubble repair mission
President George W. Bush's proposed 2006 budget would give NASA a modest funding increase, but would cancel a proposed robotic servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope as well as a nuclear-powered spacecraft to explore the moons of Jupiter.
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Last Atlas 3 rocket launches a pair of spy satellites
While its liftoff was hidden by a dense blanket of fog draped over Cape Canaveral's Complex 36 Thursday morning, the last Lockheed Martin Atlas 3 rocket flew into the history books in fine style as it successfully launched two formation-flying spy satellites probably meant to track enemy ships at sea.
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Atlas rocket workers say goodbye to Complex 36
After heart-felt speeches and toasts to say goodbye to the launch site that Atlas-Centaur rockets have called their Cape Canaveral home since the 1960s, the spotlights shining on Complex 36 were turned off in a ceremony following's Thursday's liftoff.
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Spacewalkers spot residue around vent ports
Spacewalkers Leroy Chiao and Salizhan Sharipov have spotted a residue of some sort on and around a trio of vent ports on the exterior of the Russian command module Zvezda that might shed light on past problems with the space station's air rejuvenation system.
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Titan forecast calls for rain, Huygens data shows
Liquid methane apparently falls like rain on Saturn's smog-shrouded moon Titan, washing down icy channels that ultimately spill into broad lakebeds dotted with ice islands and shoals, according to the latest data from Europe's Huygens probe. While the spacecraft did not detect any standing pools of liquefied natural gas in its immediate area, the data indicate rainfall is common on Titan and that liquid methane is present within a few inches of its surface.
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Surface of Saturn's moon Titan revealed in color
Tired and weary after a sleepless night spent sorting through their data, scientists on Saturday unveiled more pictures returned from the European Space Agency's Huygens probe that landed on Saturn's moon Titan Friday.
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European probe becomes Titan's first visitor
The European Space Agency's ambitious Huygens probe descended to Saturn's moon Titan Friday, becoming the first spacecraft to touch the mysterious world's surface. Titan is believed to resemble conditions of a young Earth. A mission scientist says the first picture released shows what could be drainage channels flowing to a possible shoreline.
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Probe launched to smack heart of wandering comet
Look out Comet Tempel 1, here comes Deep Impact! A washing machine-sized projectile tucked inside its mothership spacecraft launched from Earth Wednesday on a 268-million-mile collision course that promises to create spectacular July Fourth fireworks when the 820-pound copper-tipped bullet smashes into the comet's frigid heart.
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Mars Exploration Rovers: Full video coverage
NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity have begun their missions on the Red Planet to search for evidence of past water. All of our comprehensive coverage is found at the mission index:
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Jeanne 'kindler, gentler' to KSC than Frances
The Kennedy Space Center suffered additional wind and water damage from Hurricane Jeanne, but officials said Monday the spaceport never experienced hurricane-force winds and that Frances caused considerably more damage.
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Massive merger of galaxies is most powerful on record
An international team of scientists announced Thursday they observed a nearby head-on collision of two galaxy clusters. The clusters smashed together thousands of galaxies and trillions of stars. It is one of the most powerful events ever witnessed. Such collisions are second only to the Big Bang in total energy output.
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Scientists optimistic about salvaging Genesis mission
Two days after a spacecraft carrying samples of the solar wind crashed into the Utah desert, scientists are increasingly optimistic about accomplishing most, if not all, of the mission's primary science objectives.
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Genesis space capsule crashes back to Earth
A small spacecraft carrying priceless samples of the sun crashed into the Utah desert Wednesday when its stabilizing parachute failed to deploy, bringing an innovative $264 million mission, NASA's first sample return flight since the Apollo moonshots, to a disappointing end.
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Kennedy Space Center damage estimate updated
The Kennedy Space Center, reeling from widespread wind and water damage caused by Hurricane Frances, will remain closed to normal work until Monday at the earliest while engineers complete a detailed damage assessment. Updating initial damage reports, the center director said Tuesday the Vehicle Assembly Building lost large areas of side paneling, leaving gaping "windows" into the building's interior that are open to the elements.
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Cape battered by Hurricane Frances; Ivan threatens
Hurricane Frances battered the Kennedy Space Center with sustained winds of more than 70 mph, ripping off an estimated 40,000 square feet of siding on the cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building and partially destroying the roof of a critical heat shield tile facility needed for NASA's shuttle return to flight effort.
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Space station residents complete spacewalk
Space station commander Gennady Padalka and flight engineer Michael Fincke staged a five-hour 21-minute spacewalk Friday, successfully installing a new coolant system component and three antennas that unmanned European cargo craft will use for future dockings.
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Atlas 2 rocket retires with remarkable record
Lockheed Martin's Atlas 2 family of boosters rocketed into retirement Tuesday, placing a classified U.S. national security satellite into space following a sunset sendoff from Cape Canaveral.
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Launch team salutes Cape's pad 36A after final liftoff
It was the starting point for dozens of commercial communications satellites, military spacecraft and pioneering space probes, including the first man-made object to journey outside our solar system. But after 42 years of Atlas rocket launches, pad 36A saw its final blastoff Tuesday night.
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Scientists discover a new class of extrasolar planets
Astronomers have announced the first discovery of a new class of planets beyond our solar system about 10 to 20 times the size of Earth - far smaller than any previously detected. The planets make up a class of Neptune-sized extrasolar planets.
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History-making Titan 4 rocket put on the pad
By the time the sun rose over Cape Canaveral Wednesday a bittersweet moment had finally arrived for hundreds of workers as the final Titan 4 rocket to fly from the Florida spaceport reached its launch pad.
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Final engine test-fired for shuttle return to flight
Engineers at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi have successfully tested what's expected to be the last of three Space Shuttle Main Engines that will carry the next shuttle into orbit.
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Delta 4-Heavy rocket to take maiden flight in Oct.
A new launch date has been selected for the delayed demonstration flight of Boeing's massive Delta 4-Heavy rocket that will carry a satellite simulator and two tiny nanosats.
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International Space Station receives resupply ship
A three-ton shipment of supplies safely arrived at the International Space Station early Saturday as an unmanned Russian cargo ship made a fully automated rendezvous and docking to the orbiting outpost 225 miles above Earth.
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Proton rocket deploys communications satellite
The Amazonas communications spacecraft that will serve Spanish and Portuguese speaking residents on both sides of the Atlantic was successfully launched aboard a commercial Russian Proton rocket Thursday morning.
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Probe leaves Earth on voyage to orbit Mercury
A Boeing Delta 2 rocket roared to life August 3 and climbed into space, launching NASA's ambitious MESSENGER probe on a round-about six-and-a-half-year voyage to Mercury, a $427 million quest to fill in one of the most glaring blanks in planetary exploration.
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Craft launched to probe atmosphere's chemistry
A school bus-sized space observatory that will monitor the health of Earth's atmosphere in unprecedented detail rocketed into polar orbit July 15, finally darting away from its California launch pad atop a Boeing Delta 2 booster after several frustrating delays.
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Suit problem ends station spacewalk
Station commander Gennady Padalka, U.S. flight engineer Mike Fincke and Russian ground controllers are troubleshooting a problem with Fincke's Orlan spacesuit that forced the crew to abort a planned six-hour spacewalk Thursday. Another attempt could be staged as early as June 29.
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NASA unveils next steps of agency's transformation
In the latest of what will be ongoing briefings, Administrator Sean O'Keefe has announced a transformation of NASA's organization structure designed to streamline the agency and position it to better implement the Vision for Space Exploration.
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Delta rocket successfully launches one for The Gipper
Finally winning the battle over Florida's summertime weather after three earlier losses, a Boeing Delta 2 rocket roared to space Wednesday and deployed a Global Positioning System military navigation satellite in a mission dedicated to the memory of President Ronald Reagan.
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Comet's dust clouds hit probe 'like thunderbolt'
Two swarms of microscopic cometary dust blasted NASA's Stardust spacecraft in short but intense bursts as it approached within 150 miles of Comet Wild 2 last January, data from a University of Chicago instrument flying aboard the spacecraft has revealed.
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Sweeping changes needed for moon-Mars initiative
To successfully send humans back to the moon and eventually on to Mars, NASA must implement sweeping cultural changes, transforming itself into a leaner, more innovative agency that relies much more heavily on private industry and international cooperation, a presidential panel reported Wednesday.
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Powerful broadcasting satellite goes into orbit
Global communications satellite operator Intelsat, which will mark its 40th anniversary later this year, used a Russian Proton M rocket to launch its largest and most powerful spacecraft Wednesday night from the historic Baikonur Cosmodrome.
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Date for upcoming ISS spacewalk in limbo
The Expedition 9 crew, commander Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS science officer Mike Fincke, spent their seventh week aboard the Station continuing to prepare for their first spacewalk, now under consideration to be conducted June 24.
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Robotic servicing mission to Hubble considered
NASA is asking for proposals to mount a robotic mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope, the agency announced Tuesday. Earlier this year, NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe killed plans to launch a final space shuttle servicing mission due to human safety concerns in the wake of Columbia. Read the NASA announcement:
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Raw ingredients for life found around young stars
NASA has announced new findings from the Spitzer Space Telescope, including the discovery of significant amounts of icy organic materials sprinkled throughout several "planetary construction zones," or dusty planet-forming discs, which circle infant stars.
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Supply ship safely arrives at space station
The International Space Station received its latest resupply ship Thursday as a Russian-made cargo carrier loaded with nearly three tons of fuel, food and equipment successfully docked to the outpost.
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Next-to-last Atlas 2AS rocket lofts TV satellite
With its retirement looming on the horizon, Lockheed Martin's Atlas 2AS rocket kept its flawless success record alive and well May 19 with the launch of a broadcasting satellite that will aid the expansion of high-definition TV programming across the United States.
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The Eventual Eleven: Meet the astronaut class of '04
They are the faces of the next era of U.S. space exploration. Selected by NASA as the 2004 class of astronaut candidates, these nine men and two women will wait years before getting the opportunity to fly into space. But their work will help prepare for humankind's return to the moon and push to Mars.
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Astronaut Hall of Fame inducts 2004 class
The shuttle commander killed in the Challenger explosion, the first American woman to walk in space, the first American to live aboard Russian's space station Mir, the first African-American to command a space mission and the commander of the first mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on Saturday.
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Soyuz capsule brings station crew back to Earth
The Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying three departing space station astronauts landed in Kazakhstan at 0012 GMT Thursday night, capping the 195-day mission by the Expedition 8 crew of Michael Foale and Alexander Kaleri and the 11-day voyage by Dutch researcher Andre Kuipers.
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Spacecraft launched to test Albert Einstein's theories
A slender Boeing Delta 2 rocket boosted NASA's Gravity Probe B spacecraft into polar orbit Tuesday, kicking off a $700 million mission to precisely measure how gravity warps and twists the fabric of space and time.
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Japanese Superbird soars to space atop Atlas launcher
Blessed with perfect weather for a space shot and a smooth-as-silk countdown, a Lockheed Martin Atlas 2AS rocket blasted off Thursday night to deliver a Japanese communications satellite into a record-setting high orbit designed to economize the payload's precious fuel supply.
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History flashback: The first space shuttle mission
This video retrospective captures the first space shuttle flight from Columbia's delivery to Kennedy Space Center in 1979, assembly and rollout to the launch pad, its safe ascent to orbit in 1981 and return to Earth two days later.
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April 12: Historic day for space program
April 12 is a great day in the history of spaceflight, marking the 43rd anniversary of the first human spaceflight and the 23rd anniversary of the first flight of the Space Shuttle. In keeping with tradition, NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe sent congratulations on behalf of the agency to Russian Federal Space Agency Head Anatolii Perminov.
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Scramjet experiment soars off California coast
NASA's experimental X-43A hypersonic research vehicle was successfully launched Saturday, demonstrating for the first time an airbreathing scramjet-powered aircraft while soaring 95,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean at seven times the speed of sound.
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Newest GPS spacecraft successfully soars into orbit
As the 50th Global Positioning System satellite rose to space Saturday, it celebrated the man who championed the concept of orbiting spacecraft serving as "lighthouses in the sky" to guide mankind with precision navigation information.
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Most distant object in Solar System discovered
NASA-funded researchers have discovered the most distant object orbiting Earth's Sun. The object is a mysterious planet-like body three times farther from Earth than Pluto.
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Mobile communications satellite launched for Asia
Lockheed Martin's Atlas 3 rocket put on a late-night sky show Saturday, ripping a fiery trail to space to deploy the Mobile Broadcasting Satellite that will transmit video, music and news to the palm of your hand.
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Suit problem forces early end to station spacewalk
Astronaut Michael Foale and cosmonaut Alexander Kalari cut short their spacewalk from the International Space Station Thursday evening because of a cooling problem with Kalari's space suit.
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Scientists watch neutron star explosion in real time
A neutron star halfway across the Milky Way galaxy is ready for its close-up. A rare and massive explosion on this star illuminated the region and allowed scientists to view details never seen before, virtually bringing the scientists to the action occurring just a few miles above the star's surface.
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Missile warning satellite launched by Titan 4B rocket
The U.S. military's newest orbiting sentry was successfully deployed Feb. 14, joining a space surveillance system that maintains a constant vigil 22,300 miles above Earth to detect enemy missile launches and nuclear weapon detonations.
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Giant black hole destroys unlucky star
A super-massive black hole has ripped apart a star and consumed a portion of it, according to data from ESA's XMM-Newton and NASA's Chandra X-ray observatories. These results are the best evidence yet that such a phenomenon, long predicted by theory, does actually happen.
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2005 budget to fuel NASA's new exploration plan
NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe presented the Bush Administration's fiscal year 2005 budget proposal on Feb. 3. The spending plan would implement the new U.S. space exploration policy.
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Stardust sailing through calm after cometary storm
"On January 2, comet Wild 2 gave up its particles but it did not do so without a fight," says Stardust project manager Tom Duxbury. "Our data indicates we flew through sheets of cometary particles that jostled the spacecraft and that on at least 10 occasions the first layer of our shielding was breached. Glad we had a couple more layers of the stuff."
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Scientists elated with comet flyby results
The Stardust probe flew through at least two significant jets of debris during its approach to comet Wild 2 Friday and captured a stunning image of the comet's icy heart showing overlapping pits and depressions where material boiled off in the past.
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Stardust intercepts comet to gather samples
Blasted by icy particles striking at 4 miles per second -- six times faster than a rifle bullet -- NASA's armored Stardust probe flew within 150 miles of a 3-mile-wide comet Friday, capturing primordial debris left over from the birth of the solar system 4.2 billion years ago.
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Upgraded satellite en route to GPS constellation
With a flash of blinding light, a $45 million replacement craft began its thunderous trek toward the U.S. military's Global Positioning System constellation Sunday morning aboard a Boeing Delta 2 rocket.
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First images from Spitzer Space Telescope unveiled
NASA unveiled the first images from the $670 million Spitzer Space Telescope Thursday, spectacular infrared glimpses of the optically-hidden heart of a distant galaxy, the dusty cradle of an infant solar system and a peek at heretofore unseen stars lurking inside a vast cloud of gas and dust.
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NASA's last Great Observatory renamed
The Space Infrared Telescope Facility has been renamed the Spitzer Space Telescope. It was named in honor of the late Dr. Lyman Spitzer Jr., one of the 20th century's most distinguished scientists.
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Atlas rocket launches on Centennial of Flight
A century after man made the first powered flight -- the Wright brothers' historic achievement that set in motion the realization of aviation and spaceflight dreams -- an American rocket with a Russian-made engine soared successfully Wednesday to put a communications satellite high above Earth.
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International Space Station crew busy with science
The Expedition 8 -- Mike Foale and Alexander Kaleri -- have wrapped up a busy week aboard the International Space Station. ISS activities included scientific experiments ranging from behavior of plasma dust subjected to radio waves in a vacuum to investigation of stresses on the feet and legs during spaceflight.
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NASA cites progress in earthquake research
Nearly 10 years after Los Angeles was shaken by the devastating, magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake, scientists at NASA and other institutions say maturing space-based technologies, new ground-based techniques and more complex computer models are rapidly advancing our understanding of earthquakes and earthquake processes.
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Stormy space weather slips through cracks
Immense cracks in Earth's magnetic field remain open for hours, allowing the solar wind to gush through and power stormy space weather, according to new observations from NASA and European satellites. This new discovery about how the Earth's magnetic shield is breached is expected to help space physicists give better estimates of the effects of severe space weather.
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Tribute to CAIB
The Columbia Accident Investigation Board and NASA employees involved in the search to find what brought down the shuttle were honored December 3, as seen in this ceremony from NASA Headquarters.
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Mars rover briefing
NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers will reach the Red Planet in January. Mission officials and scientists held this pre-landing news conference to preview the dramatic arrivals.
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Station crew interviewed
International Space Station residents Michael Foale and Alexander Kaleri are interviewed by Charles Osgood, Bill Harwood and Peter King of CBS on December 2.
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Atlas rocket successfully soars on secret mission
A Lockheed Martin Atlas 2AS rocket carried out a clandestine mission in the predawn darkness Tuesday, deploying into space what is believed to be a package of ocean surveillance satellites to aid the U.S. government track suspicious ships in the global fight against terrorism.
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Shuttle Enterprise arrives at Smithsonian museum
The space shuttle Enterprise, NASA's prototype orbiter that performed landing tests in the 1970s, on Thursday was moved to the National Air and Space Museum's new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center where it joins other famous aircraft for the facility's opening next month.
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International Space Station marks five years in orbit
Five years ago Thursday the first piece of the International Space Station was launched into orbit. The Russian Zarya control module was carried aloft by a Proton rocket, beginning the complex sequence of space missions to assemble the orbiting laboratory.
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Heavy-lifting version of Delta 4 to take test flight
In a Cape Canaveral hangar, a rocket of monstrous proportions and power is taking shape. It will be unveiled next month, rolling to the launch pad to prepare for a demonstration flight that will test its knack for lofting hefty cargos into orbit and potentially one day ferrying humans to the space station.
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Station progress report
The Expedition 8 crew is one-month into its half-year mission aboard the International Space Station. On on November 19, NASA officials provided a space station status briefing, including details about an upcoming spacewalk, delays in launching the next resupply ship and scientific research aboard the outpost. Spaceflight Now Plus users can watch the entire 60-minute briefing.
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NASA provides update on shuttle return-to-flight
Space shuttle program officials on November 18 gave a progress report on NASA's return-to-flight efforts, speaking on tile and RCC repair issues, orbiter inspections in space and training simulations for the Mission Management Team. Spaceflight Now Plus users can watch the entire 45-minute briefing.
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Skylab residents call International Space Station
In a chat November 10 between space station residents of today and yesteryear, the Expedition 8 crew aboard the International Space Station talked about their orbiting home with two astronauts who lived on Skylab three decades ago.
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NASA increases return-to-flight shuttle crew to seven
Two space veterans and a rookie have joined four other astronauts already training as the crew for NASA's first post-Columbia space shuttle mission, now targeted for launch next September.
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Voyager approaching solar system's outer limits
NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is about to make history again. It is the first spacecraft to enter the solar system's final frontier, a vast expanse where wind from the sun blows hot against thin gas between the stars: interstellar space.
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Columbia crew added to Space Mirror memorial
The names of Columbia's seven fallen astronauts from the STS-107 mission have been added to the Space Mirror at Kennedy Space Center. The monument pays tribute to those space heroes who gave their lives for the U.S. space program. The 45-minute ceremony from October 28 is available to Spaceflight Now Plus users:
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Russian capsule safely ferries station crew to Earth
After six months of circling the Earth inside the International Space Station, Expedition 7 crewmembers Yuri Malenchenko and Ed Lu returned home October 27 aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule. They were joined by European researcher Pedro Duque. Landing in Kazakhstan occurred as planned.
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Five-segment shuttle solid rocket booster test fired
The most powerful Space Shuttle Reusable Solid Rocket Motor ever tested pushed beyond typical launch performance boundaries at a Utah test facility Thursday. The five-segment test motor, which ran for 128 seconds and generated more than 3.6 million pounds of thrust, appeared to perform flawlessly.
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Space station residents say conditions safe
Despite media reports of some NASA managers voting against launching the Expedition 8 crew to the International Space Station due to broken environmental monitoring and exercise equipment, the astronauts said October 23 during an in-flight news conference that they are not worried about the situation, calling the reports "overblown."
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Station crew will miss the views, but ready for landing
After six months of circling the Earth inside the International Space Station, Expedition 7 commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA science officer Ed Lu are preparing to return home Monday night aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule.
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New station residents arrive at their orbiting home
Two men who know what it's like to live in orbit for months at a time safely arrived at the International Space Station October 20 for a half-year tour-of-duty. Riding inside a Russian Soyuz capsule, the Expedition 8 crew docked to the station at 0716 GMT (3:16 a.m. EDT).
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New crew launches to space station
American, Russian and Spanish astronauts set sail to the International Space Station on October 18, safely rocketing into Earth orbit atop a Soyuz launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Central Asia.
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New crew poised to keep human presence on station
The Expedition 8 crew blasts off early Saturday aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket to keep the International Space Station staffed with full-time "caretakers" while construction of the orbiting lab remains suspended by NASA's grounded space shuttle fleet. Launch is scheduled for 0538 GMT (1:38 a.m. EDT).
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Fallen Heroes special patch
This special 12-inch embroidered patch commemorates the U.S. astronauts who made the ultimate sacrifice, honoring the crews of Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia.
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Moon Rush
This book examines how the exploration of space, specifically a commercial base on the Moon and Mars would transform our economies on the Earth as surely as the discovery of the New World transformed the old world of Europe.
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Apollo 11 special patch
Special collectors' patch marking the 35th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing is now available.
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Get inside Apollo!
Full color drawings reveal like never before the details of the Apollo Command and Service Modules.
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