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'Suit Up': NASA Documentary Hails 50 Years of Spacewalk History

[embedded content] NASA is celebrating the first U.S. spacewalk 50 years ago with a new documentary on the history of humans working in their own private human-shaped spacecraft. Astronaut Ed White became the first American to step into space on June 3, 1965, during NASA’s Gemini 4 mission. The pictures and video of White on […]

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Eerie Comet Landscape Revealed by Rosetta Spacecraft Photos

This single-frame Rosetta navigation camera image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken on October 19, 2014, at a distance of approximately 4.9 miles (7.9 km) from the comet’s surface and released on May 28. The image looks across the neck from the comet’s small lobe in the foreground to the large lobe in the background. Parts […]

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NASA 'Flying Saucer' Launch Delayed by Rough Seas, Next Try Wednesday

NASA’s second Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator is prepared for a June 2015 flight test at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. Launch is now set for June 3.Credit: NASA An innovative saucer-shaped parachute that NASA scientists have dubbed their “flying saucer” will have to wait an extra 24 hours before launching on […]

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Photos: NASA's 'Flying Saucer' for Mars Landings — 2nd Test Flight

NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project will test new technologies for landing future robotic and human Mars missions, and returning large payloads…Read More » to Earth. See photos of what NASA calls its “flying saucer” from its second test flight in June 2015 in this Space.com gallery. HERE: The full mission dress rehearsal for the Low-Density […]

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NASA Chief Wants to Cut Mars Travel Time in Half

Artist’s concept of a nuclear thermal rocket. Such vehicles could help humanity get to Mars and other planets in the solar system.Credit: NASA CANOGA PARK, Calif. — Getting astronauts to Mars will take all the spacefaring expertise the United States can muster, including advanced propulsion technologies such as solar-electric engines and perhaps even nuclear rockets, […]

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