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Artist’s concept of SLS/Orion on the launch pad. Photo: NASA
Space

No Crew On Maiden Voyage Of NASA’s Next Rocket


When NASA’s Space Launch System blasts off from the Kennedy Space Center for the first time, the capsule will be empty. Acting Director Robert Lightfoot announced the decision after a review of the first launch of the massive rocket.
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Technicians make final preparations on OSIRIS-REx in a NASA clean room at Kennedy Space Center: Photo: Brendan Byrne
Space

To Bennu & Back


NASA and its academic partners are about to do something they’ve never done before: launch a spacecraft, rendezvous with an asteroid, collect a sample of regolith, or dust, from the surface and return it to Earth.
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Actor Mackenzie Davis, Retired Astronaut  Stott, and Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor
Space

Hollywood, NASA Collide Over Journey To Mars


It’s a busy week for Mars. Earlier this week, scientists announced the findings of liquid water on the red planet. And this weekend, The Martian – a movie chronicling an astronaut marooned on Mars – premiers in theaters. NASA is working on its own mission to Mars, and today, some of that cast from the movie joined those NASA scientist and administrators to talk to students about the real journey to the red planet.
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Photo courtesy NASA
Space

Space Florida Presses Ahead With Plans For Shiloh Spaceport


The state’s aerospace authority is pressing ahead with plans for a commercial spaceport inside the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge at a site called Shiloh. Space Florida is undeterred by Sen. Bill Nelson’s recent comments that the Shiloh spaceport won’t happen.
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