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September 11, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
A spacecraft blasts off from Earth, zips by the moon and nine days later rendezvous with an asteroid that has been neatly bagged and placed in a lunar orbit. Those are just some of the highlights from NASA's new Asteroid Redirect Mission concept video. The space agency released a video this week depicting how it might get an astronaut within arm's reach of an asteroid, then chip off a few chunks from its surface and bring them home to Earth. QUIZ: How much do you know about asteroids?
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September 11, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
A spacecraft blasts off from Earth, zips by the moon and nine days later rendezvous with an asteroid that has been neatly bagged and placed in a lunar orbit. Those are just some of the highlights from NASA's new Asteroid Redirect Mission concept video. The space agency released a video this week depicting how it might get an astronaut within arm's reach of an asteroid, then chip off a few chunks from its surface and bring them home to Earth. QUIZ: How much do you know about asteroids?
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July 24, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Video streaming by Ustream Early Wednesday morning, NASA engineers will drop a model spacecraft big enough to hold four astronauts from 35,000 feet up in the air - and you can watch what happens next, live, right here. NASA will host a Live Google Hangout from the test site at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. PDT on July 24. And the good news is that something is guaranteed to go wrong. The engineers will simulate a failure of one of the model spacecraft's three main parachutes, according to a release from the space agency.
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July 24, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Video streaming by Ustream Early Wednesday morning, NASA engineers will drop a model spacecraft big enough to hold four astronauts from 35,000 feet up in the air - and you can watch what happens next, live, right here. NASA will host a Live Google Hangout from the test site at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. PDT on July 24. And the good news is that something is guaranteed to go wrong. The engineers will simulate a failure of one of the model spacecraft's three main parachutes, according to a release from the space agency.
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March 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
NASA will delay the first manned flight of the new spacecraft designed to take humans back to the moon because of budget constraints, the agency's director said Wednesday. The craft, called the Orion, won't fly until early 2015, four to six months later than planned, NASA administrator Michael Griffin told legislators.
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August 26, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The spaceships that NASA wants to build to carry astronauts back to the moon will be called Orion, an agency official said Wednesday. NASA announced the name about a week early after it slipped out in a message from a space station crew member. "We've been calling it the Crew Exploration Vehicle for several years, but today it has a name -- Orion," station flight engineer Jeffrey N. Williams said in the message.
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July 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Two top NASA officials, including the man in charge of developing new spacecraft for future missions to the moon and Mars, plan to leave the space agency, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Former astronaut Scott "Doc" Horowitz, who heads NASA's exploration systems mission directorate, will leave by October. Associate administrator Rex Geveden will leave at the end of this month.
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May 9, 2009 | John Johnson Jr.
As NASA prepares to return to the moon, the head of a panel asked by President Obama to review the space agency's future said Friday that he planned to call upon the expertise of astronauts and engineers in determining whether NASA is on the right track. "We're going to take a fresh look and go where the facts are," said Norman Augustine, who will head up the 10-member panel. Augustine, the former chief executive of one of NASA's biggest contractors, Lockheed Martin Corp.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Hawthorne rocket maker SpaceX is a step closer to taking over NASA's most historic launchpad, where the mighty Saturn V rocket made its moonshot and where the first space shuttle rumbled to life. The space agency confirmed Friday that it has chosen SpaceX to begin negotiations on a lease to operate Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  The pad is where Apollo 11 lifted off in 1969 en route to the first manned moon landing. It is also where the first space shuttle mission in 1981 and the last mission in 2011 were launched.
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May 24, 2009 | John Johnson Jr.
President Obama's selection Saturday of former astronaut Charles F. Bolden Jr. to head NASA gives a boost to the agency's manned space program and its stated goal of returning humans to the moon by 2020. During the presidential campaign, Obama had seemed lukewarm toward NASA and its hugely expensive human spaceflight program. Space enthusiasts were particularly worried after Obama staffers floated the idea of taking money from the agency to fund domestic programs.
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March 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
NASA will delay the first manned flight of the new spacecraft designed to take humans back to the moon because of budget constraints, the agency's director said Wednesday. The craft, called the Orion, won't fly until early 2015, four to six months later than planned, NASA administrator Michael Griffin told legislators.
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August 26, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The spaceships that NASA wants to build to carry astronauts back to the moon will be called Orion, an agency official said Wednesday. NASA announced the name about a week early after it slipped out in a message from a space station crew member. "We've been calling it the Crew Exploration Vehicle for several years, but today it has a name -- Orion," station flight engineer Jeffrey N. Williams said in the message.
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April 22, 2007 | Michael Cabbage, Orlando Sentinel
With only three years remaining before the space shuttle fleet's planned retirement, NASA managers have begun tackling the thorny issues that will dictate the program's end. Critical facilities must be overhauled to support planned manned missions to the moon. Billions of dollars' worth of obsolete shuttle hardware must be disposed of.
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January 17, 2009 | John Johnson Jr.
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, who guided the space agency through one of its most turbulent periods following the Columbia shuttle disaster and the decision to scrap the shuttle fleet by 2010, bid a somber farewell to NASA's employees Friday. Griffin, 59, had submitted his resignation to President-elect Barack Obama along with other agency heads several weeks ago. His was apparently accepted.
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