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Space station crew ready to close out 167-day mission

March 10, 2015

Two Russian cosmonauts and a U.S. Navy test pilot will buckle into custom-molded seats inside a Soyuz spaceship Wednesday, undock from the International Space Station and head for a parachute-assisted landing in Kazakhstan to close out a 167-day space voyage.

Pluto-bound probe tweaks its trajectory

March 10, 2015

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft fine-tuned its path toward Pluto on Tuesday, firing its rocket thrusters for 93 seconds to aim for a fleeting flyby of the distant dwarf planet July 14.

Europa Clipper concept team aims for launch in 2022

March 10, 2015

With a commitment from the Obama administration finally in hand after more than a decade of studies and concept papers, NASA expects to give the green light this year for development of a robotic probe to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa that could launch as soon as 2022.

Stationary rocket to be test-fired in Utah for NASA

March 10, 2015

The largest solid rocket booster in the world, an extended version of the space shuttle motor, will be test-fired in Utah on Wednesday to check its qualifications to be part of NASA’s new heavy-lift Space Launch System.

Atlas 5 rocket cleared for rollout to launch pad

March 10, 2015

Mission leaders Tuesday gave approval for rollout of the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket on Wednesday morning, leading to liftoff Thursday night of the Magnetospheric Multiscale science project for NASA.

Atlas/MMS launch timeline

March 10, 2015

This is the ascent timeline to be followed by the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket in launching NASA’s MMS mission on March 12 at 10:44 p.m. EDT.

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 asteroid mission checks out

March 9, 2015

Three months into an interplanetary cruise expected to last three-and-a-half years, Japan’s Hayabusa 2 probe is in good health as it begins an ion-powered pursuit of an asteroid to return a piece of it to Earth.

Preview: Atlas 5 rocket to launch NASA magnetic field study

March 8, 2015

A $1.1 billion science investigation involving four formation-flying satellites circling the Earth will share a single Atlas 5 rocket launch Thursday night from Cape Canaveral to probe explosions in the magnetic field with millisecond speed.

On this date: March 8

March 8, 2015

#OTD in 2001, Discovery launched on STS-102 to exchange crews aboard the International Space Station

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