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Two NASA satellites are lost after a major failure of the Astra rocket during launch

After a major malfunction shortly after liftoff, an Astra rocket carrying two small hurricane-tracking satellites for NASA failed to reach orbit Sunday (June 12). After taking off from a pad at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 1:43 p.m. EDT, the Astra rocket, dubbed Launch Vehicle 0010 (LV0010), suffered a second-stage failure…

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NASA and Boeing say Starliner is on track to launch on May 19th

Officials confirmed Tuesday that Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft is finally ready to retry a critical test launch to the International Space Station on May 19. The uncrewed trip, dubbed OFT-2, is an important step toward certifying the spaceship for carrying passengers in the future, providing NASA a second taxi operator to complement SpaceX. Boeing, which was…

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The first Black woman to join the crew of ISS arrives on a SpaceX mission

A SpaceX capsule carrying four astronauts, including the first Black woman to join the crew of the International Space Station, docked with the station smoothly Wednesday evening, setting off a five-month mission. After a pre-dawn launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 3:52 a.m. ET, the astronauts had spent 16 hours circling aboard their…

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NASA aims to begin critical Artemis 1 lunar mission testing on today

This weekend, NASA will attempt another vital test of its Artemis 1 lunar mission. Last Friday (April 1), NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida began the Artemis 1 “wet dress rehearsal,” a practise run of the most crucial prelaunch tasks, including rocket fueling. Everything was scheduled to be finished in about 48 hours, but…

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Biden’s $26 billion NASA budget plan lays the way for the first human mission to Mars

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson revealed Monday that the Biden administration’s budget request for NASA in 2023 is $26 billion, the biggest request for science in the space agency’s history. According to Nelson, the sum is 8% more than the established federal expenditure levels, or the appropriation bill for fiscal year 2022. “Greater than a number,…

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NASA’s human Moon lander mission receives full funding in new budget bill

If Congress’s new spending plan is passed, some significant NASA programmes that have been underfunded in recent years may finally receive full funding. NASA’s mission to create a new human lunar lander, as well as a programme to develop new commercial space stations in low Earth orbit, would be fully financed, as requested in the…

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