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Boeing CST-100 Starliner progresses towards second uncrewed flight

Boeing CST-100 Starliner progresses towards second uncrewed flight

NASA and Boeing are making progress towards conducting the second uncrewed flight for the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. That second uncrewed flight has to happen before the Boeing spacecraft can take astronauts to the ISS as part of the NASA Commercial Crew Program. Currently, the target date for the uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 is no earlier than December 2020.

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NASA will fund five ‘cutting edge’ mission studies involving the Sun

NASA will fund five ‘cutting edge’ mission studies involving the Sun

NASA has announced intentions to fund five mission proposals, up to two of which will proceed to full mission status. Under this new effort, the space agency will supply each proposal with $1.25 million, giving the teams behind the efforts nine months to conduct mission concept studies. Each potential mission proposes a Medium-Class Explorer that will revolve around the Sun.

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NASA assigns astronaut Jeanette Epps to first operational Boeing Starliner-1 mission

NASA assigns astronaut Jeanette Epps to first operational Boeing Starliner-1 mission

NASA has announced that it has assigned astronaut Jeanette Epps to the first operational crewed flight of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. That mission will launch the astronauts to the International Space Station, where Epps will join NASA astronauts Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada aboard the ISS for a six-month expedition.

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NASA’s first OGO satellite out-lasted orbits of all others, and it falls tomorrow

NASA’s first OGO satellite out-lasted orbits of all others, and it falls tomorrow

When this article was first written, there was a satellite orbiting the Earth. By the time you read this article, said satellite may've fallen out of the sky. According to calculations done by NASA and revealed on August 27, 2020, the OGO-1 satellite will end its journey and exploration of space on Saturday, August 29, 2020, at right around 5:10 PM ETD (2110 GMT).

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NASA maps massive halo around the Andromeda galaxy using Hubble telescope

NASA maps massive halo around the Andromeda galaxy using Hubble telescope

NASA has used the Hubble Space Telescope to map a complex, layered structure with two nested gas shells that surround the Andromeda spiral galaxy. Andromeda nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way. While Andromeda can be seen in the nighttime sky during autumn in the northern hemisphere, we can't see is a vast halo of hot, rarefied gas that surrounds the galaxy.

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NASA shows Hurricane Laura from space – “Unsurvivable storm surge” forecast

NASA shows Hurricane Laura from space – “Unsurvivable storm surge” forecast

NASA has released images of Hurricane Laura, the category 3 tropical storm expected to cause an "unsurvivable storm surge" in Texas and Louisiana later today. Expected to strengthen in the coming hours, the hurricane will trigger extreme winds and flash flooring along the northwestern Gulf Coast, with warnings that there are "only a few hours" left to protect both life and property.

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Scientists take a closer look at the “TIE Fighter” active galaxy

Scientists take a closer look at the “TIE Fighter” active galaxy

One glance the image below and Star Wars fans can see where an object called TSX 0128+554 got its name. The object looks very similar to Darth Vader's TIE fighter in the iconic science-fiction films. TSX 0128+554, known as TSX 0128 for short, has had a pair of powerful activity sessions in the last century. Five years ago, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope discovered that TSX 0128 is a faint source of gamma rays, the highest-energy form of light.

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NASA conducts ground segment testing for James Webb Space Telescope

NASA conducts ground segment testing for James Webb Space Telescope

NASA has announced that its team successfully completed a critical milestone in testing the James Webb Space Telescope. The testing confirmed that the telescope would respond to commands once in space. The test is known as the Ground Segment Test. The special test marks the first time commands to power on, and testing scientific instruments aboard the telescope have been sent to the fully assembled observatory.

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A small meteorite discovered in Antarctica is incredibly well preserved

A small meteorite discovered in Antarctica is incredibly well preserved

In 2012 a group of Japanese and Belgian scientists was on an expedition in Antarctica. The team discovered something surprising lying on the snow covering the continent in the form of a meteorite about the size of a golf ball. The meteorite was officially named Asuka 12236, and despite its rather small size, it turned out to be one of the best-preserved meteorites of its kind ever discovered.

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NASA’s tiny COVID-19 ventilator is entering mass production in Brazil

NASA’s tiny COVID-19 ventilator is entering mass production in Brazil

The small VITAL respirator NASA developed and introduced earlier this year has entered mass production in Brazil, the space agency has announced. Standing for Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally, VITAL was developed specifically for use with COVID-19 patients and has since been licensed to 28 companies globally. One of them is finally about to start mass production.

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Blue Origin ships NASA a full-scale 40ft lunar lander mock-up

Blue Origin ships NASA a full-scale 40ft lunar lander mock-up

The Human Landing System (HLS) National Team of experts from Blue Origin, Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Draper have shipped NASA a full-scale mockup of their crew lunar lander for evaluation by the space agency. The National Team, which is led by Blue Origin, focused on the Descent Element and the Ascent Element, ultimately contributing work to NASA's Artemis lunar mission.

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Astronauts working hard to find air leak aboard the ISS

Astronauts working hard to find air leak aboard the ISS

NASA astronauts aboard the ISS are currently working hard to find and repair a small, persistent air leak aboard the space station. While an air leak in a space station orbiting the Earth seems like a significant risk, NASA has stated that the leak is within segment specifications and presents no immediate danger to the crew or the space station. Some air leakage from the station is normal, and NASA says that this particular leak has been on its radar for a while.

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