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Ambitious European-led Mars mission ready for liftoff

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NASA Administrator Pays Tribute to Astronaut Scott Kelly

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The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the retirement of astronaut Scott Kelly: “When the first Americans set foot on Mars, they will be following in the footsteps of one of the finest astronauts in the history of the space program, my friend, Commander Scott Kelly. After spending an American record

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Astronaut Scott Kelly to Retire from NASA in April

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NASA astronaut and one-year crew member Scott Kelly will retire from the agency, effective April 1. Kelly joined the astronaut corps in 1996 and currently holds the American record for most time spent in space. After retiring, Kelly will continue to participate in the ongoing research related to his one-year mission. He will provide periodic

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NASA Television to Air Launch of Next Record-Breaking U.S. Astronaut

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On a second American record-breaking mission for 2016, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station at 5:26 p.m. EDT Friday, March 18, with cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka of the Russian space agency Roscosmos from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA Television launch coverage will begin at 4:30

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NASA Announces Winning Concepts to Further its Journey to Mars

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NASA has announced the winners of two challenges to create new concepts for construction and human habitation on future space exploration missions, including the agency’s journey to Mars. The Space Suit Textile Testing and In-Situ Materials Challenges, managed for NASA by NineSigma, launched in October 2015 under the umbrella of the NASA Tournament Lab, yielded

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NASA Targets May 2018 Launch of Mars InSight Mission

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NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to study the deep interior of Mars is targeting a new launch window that begins May 5, 2018, with a Mars landing scheduled for Nov. 26, 2018. NASA has set a new launch opportunity, beginning May 5, 2018, for the InSight mission to

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NASA to Discuss Science Launching on Next Commercial Resupply Space Station Flight

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NASA is hosting a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Tuesday, March 15, to discuss several science investigations launching on the next Orbital ATK commercial resupply flight to the International Space Station. The briefing participants will be: Marc Fries, principal investigator for Strata-1 at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston Aaron Parness, principal investigator for

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See March’s multiple moon shadows and Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

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NASA to Provide Live Coverage, Interviews, and Social Media for March 8 Solar Eclipse

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NASA, in partnership with the Exploratorium Science Center in San Francisco, will host activities around the March 8 total solar eclipse, including opportunities to talk with solar scientists and live coverage of the eclipse originating from Woleai island in Micronesia. During total solar eclipses — such as this one seen from the northern tip of

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