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Update: Astronauts Finish ISS Repair Work

NASA December 24, 2013 (Updated Story) Following two spacewalks to replace a degraded pump module on the truss, or backbone, of the International Space Station, flight controllers in the Mission Control Center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston successfully restarted the new pump Tuesday night. The pump module controls the flow of ammonia through cooling loops and radiators outside ... Read More »

Orbital Launch to the ISS Postponed – Critical Spacewalks Planned

NASA December 17, 2013 NASA managers are postponing the upcoming Orbital Sciences commercial cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station to proceed with a series of spacewalks to replace a faulty pump module on the space station. NASA Television will air a news briefing at 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Dec. 18 to preview the spacewalks. Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus ... Read More »

Space Station Crew Working on Cooling System Malfunction

NASA December 12, 2013 The International Space Station’s Expedition 38 crew worked Thursday with the team on the ground to deal with a malfunction that occurred Wednesday on one of the station’s two external cooling loops that uses ammonia to prevent station systems from overheating. On Wednesday, the pump module on one of the space station’s two external cooling loops ... Read More »

Curiosity Rover Fires Over 100,000 Laser Blasts

NASA JPL December 5, 2013 NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has passed the milestone of 100,000 shots fired by its laser. It uses the laser as one way to check which chemical elements are in rocks and soils. The 100,000th shot was one of a series of 300 to investigate 10 locations on a rock called “Ithaca” in late October, at ... Read More »

SpaceX Completes Their First Mission to Geostationary Transfer Orbit

SpaceX December 03, 2013 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida – Today, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully completed its first geostationary transfer mission, delivering the SES-8 satellite to its targeted 295 x 80,000 km orbit.  Falcon 9 executed a picture-perfect flight, meeting 100% of mission objectives. Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at 5:41 PM Eastern ... Read More »

Big Japanese Earthquake Left Visible “Gravity Scar”

ESA December 03, 2013 ESA’s GOCE satellite has revealed that the devastating Japanese earthquake of 2011 left its mark in Earth’s gravity – yet another example of this extraordinary mission surpassing its original scope. GOCE mapped Earth’s gravity with unrivalled precision for over four years, but nobody really expected the data to show changes over time. Now, careful analysis shows ... Read More »

Happy 15th Birthday to the International Space Station!

ESA November 20, 2013 The International Space Station celebrates its birthday today, 15 years after the first module was launched in 1998. The Space Station is the largest cooperative project ever carried out in science, involving NASA, ESA, Roscosmos, the Canadian Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. On 20 November 1998 a Russian Proton rocket lifted off from ... Read More »

ATV Albert Einstein Burns Up in the Atmosphere

ESA November 2, 2013 ESA’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo ferry, Albert Einstein, completed its five-month mission to the International Space Station by reentering the atmosphere today and burning up safely over an uninhabited area of the southern Pacific Ocean. Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATVs) are the most complex space vehicles ever developed in Europe and are the largest and most ... Read More »

Moon Mission Beams First Transmission By Laser

ESA November 1, 2013 ESA’s ground station on the island of Tenerife has received laser signals over a distance of 400 000 km from NASA’s latest Moon orbiter. The data were delivered many times faster than possible with traditional radio waves, marking a significant breakthrough in space communications. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, was launched on ... Read More »

Planck Space Telescope Given Shutdown Command

ESA October 23, 2013 ESA’s Planck space telescope has been turned off after nearly 4.5 years soaking up the relic radiation from the Big Bang and studying the evolution of stars and galaxies throughout the Universe’s history. Project scientist Jan Tauber sent the final command to the Planck satellite this afternoon at 12:10:27 UT, marking the end of operations for ... Read More »

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