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NASA to test data transmission using lasers

NASA to test data transmission using lasers

If you could only choose two things to love, it would probably be space and lasers, right? It's your lucky then, because NASA has announced that it will begin testing new communication and data transmission technologies using lasers starting in October. The system will be called OPALS, or Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science, and it "has the potential to change the way data is transmitted from space to Earth."

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SpaceX Dragon capsule to make third trip to ISS on March 1

SpaceX Dragon capsule to make third trip to ISS on March 1

It seems like only yesterday when the SpaceX Dragon capsule launched its way to the International Space Station for the first time back in May, and now it's reporting for duty yet again for the third time. NASA has announced that the capsule will be planned to launch on March 1 to bring even more supplies on board the ISS, as well as take back some materials when the capsule returns to Earth.

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Russian cargo spacecraft successfully docks with ISS

Russian cargo spacecraft successfully docks with ISS

The Russian space freighter headed the ISS on a resupply mission that we mentioned earlier this week has now officially docked with the space station. The spacecraft launched on Monday and performed a successful automated docking procedure with the ISS early Tuesday morning. A mission control spokesman said that the docking was carried out using an automated process as scheduled.

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NASA and Roscosmos select crew for Space Station mission

NASA and Roscosmos select crew for Space Station mission

NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos have selected the two lucky souls who will spend a year on the International Space Station in 2015. During this time, the ISS crew will collect data essential for human exploration of space, which, more specifically, means they'll be live experiments on how the human body reacts to space's environment. They're slated to return to earth in spring of 2016.

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