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Soyuz Heads to Space Station with New Crew, Return Transportation for One-Year Mission Team

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  Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos, Andreas Mogensen of ESA (European Space Agency) and Aidyn Aimbetov of the Kazakh Space Agency launched aboard Soyuz TMA-18M from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:37 a.m. EDT on Wednesday (10:37 a.m. in Baikonur). Three crew members representing Denmark, Kazakhstan and Russia have launched to the International Space Station

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NASA Arctic Field Campaign to Examine Ecosystem Impacts of Changing Climate

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The ABoVE campaign will combine field work, airborne surveys, satellite data and computer modeling to study the effects of climate change on Arctic and boreal ecosystems, such as this region at the base of the Alaska Range south of Fairbanks. As part of a broad effort to study the environmental and societal effects of climate

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NASA, USAID Open Environmental Information Hub for Southeast Asia

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  NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (right) cuts the ceremonial ribbon celebrating the opening of the SERVIR-Mekong hub in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Beth Paige (center), mission director for USAID Regional Mission for Asia, and Bhichit Rattakul, special advisor to the Asian Disaster Prepardness Center, joined Bolden. NASA and the U.S. Agency for

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See outermost planet Neptune at its best

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NASA Concludes Series of Engine Tests for Next-Gen Rocket

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  The RS-25 engine fires up for a 535-second test Aug. 27, 2015 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. This is the final in a series of seven tests for the development engine, which will provide NASA engineers critical data on the engine controller unit and inlet pressure conditions. NASA has

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NASA Awards Contract for Construction of New Mission Launch Command Center at Wallops Flight Facility

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  Artist’s concept of the new Mission Launch Command Center to be constructed at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. NASA has awarded a contract to Harkins Contracting Inc. of Salisbury, Maryland, for the construction of a new Mission Launch Command Center (MLCC) at the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.

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IRIS and Hinode a stellar research team

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  A filament stretches across the lower half of the Sun in this image captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory on 10 February 2015. Filaments are huge tubes of relatively cool solar material held high up in the corona by magnetic fields. Researchers simulated how the material moves in filament threads to explore how a

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NASA Television to Air Launch of Next International Space Station Crew

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Aidyn Aimbetov of the Kazakh Space Agency, Sergei Volkov of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Andreas Mogensen of ESA (European Space Agency) will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. The next 3 crew members destined for the International Space Station are set to launch to the orbital outpost Wednesday,

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Dawn sends sharper scenes from dwarf planet Ceres

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The closest-yet views of Ceres, transferred by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, present the small world’s features in exceptional detail, including Ceres’ tall, conical mountain; crater formation features and narrow, braided fractures. Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer and mission director, based at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California said “Dawn is performing flawlessly in this new orbit

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