Orbital Sciences Orders Russian RD-181 Engines for Antares Rocket
Antares Rocket at Wallops Flight Facility
December 18th, 2014
Orbital has contracted with Russia’s Energomash to provide RD-181 engines to power the first stage of Orbital’s Antares rocket, replacing
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Curiosity Rover's Critics are Missing the Point (Op-Ed)
Curiosity rover selfie, mars mission
December 18th, 2014
Curiosity is leading, not "lacking."
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NASA Holds Off on Asteroid-Capture Mission Decision Until Early 2015
This artist's illustration depicts NASA's Option B for the Asteroid Redirect Mission, a plan to retrieve a boulder from an asteroid and park it near the moon for astronauts to study later.
December 17th, 2014
NASA has postponed deciding whether to attempt to capture an entire asteroid, or just a piece of one, by 2025 until at least early 2015. Both options are feasible, a senior NASA official said Wednesday (Dec. 17).
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SpaceX to Aim for Bulls-Eye Rocket Landing on Ocean Platform
SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship
December 18th, 2014
It won't be easy, but the private spaceflight company SpaceX will attempt to bring a stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back from space and land it on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean during an audacious test Friday.
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WATCH LIVE THURSDAY @ 10 am ET: Briefing on 1-Year Mission to International Space Station
The International Space Station from above
December 17th, 2014
NASA officials and space station partners will host a news conference Thursday (Dec. 18) to discuss the planned one-year mission to the International Space Station at 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT).
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European Comet Lander May Wake Up from Space Slumber
Philae Lander's View of 'Perihelion Cliff' on Comet Surface
December 17th, 2014
It's now approaching summer in the presumed location of Europe's Philae lander on a comet, so the washing-machine-size probecould soon access enough energy to open its eyes and start working again, Rosetta mission scientists said.
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