Category Archives: NASA

Curiosity relies on untried ‘sky crane’ for Mars descent (Harwood/CBS News)

The question is straight forward: how to get a car-size rover safely to the surface of Mars? And not just anywhere, but to a very precisely defined bullseye on the floor of a broad crater and within roving distance of … Continue reading

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First American woman in space, Sally Ride, dies at 61 (NBC)

The first American woman to go into space, Sally Ride, died Monday after a 17-month battle against pancreatic cancer, her company said. Ride made history in 1983 as a crew member on the space shuttle Challenger, breaking the gender barrier … Continue reading

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FINALITY OF THE MOMENT: The shuttle program is over (William Harwood CBS)

By the light of a waning moon, the shuttle Atlantis fell back to Earth Thursday, dropping out of predawn darkness to close out NASA’s 135th and final shuttle voyage, a long-awaited — and long-dreaded — milestone marking the end of … Continue reading

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NASA considers unique photo op during Discovery mission (CBS)

NASA managers, engineers and contractors met Friday for a program-level review of the shuttle Discovery’s ground processing and readiness to launch Feb. 24 on a long-delayed space station assembly mission. An executive-level fight readiness review is planned for Feb. 18.

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Shuttle booster + Ariane = Liberty (SFN)

ATK and Astrium are joining the growing crowd of companies competing for a $200 million pot of NASA seed money to build a commercial vehicle to haul astronauts and cargo to space, proposing to combine proven U.S. and European rockets … Continue reading

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Musk ‘optimistic’ next Dragon flight will visit space station (SFN)

SpaceX did its best Wednesday to quiet critics and convince NASA the company is ready to deliver supplies to the International Space Station some time next year. The company launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida at 10:43 a.m. EST … Continue reading

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Hubble successor mired in budgetary black hole (SFN)

The James Webb Space Telescope, already in the running for the most expensive robotic mission in NASA’s history, will need an extra $1.5 billion just to blast off more than a year later than currently planned, according to an independent … Continue reading

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