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November 23, 2015 12:28 PM SpaceX receives first manned mission order from NASA

NASA has made a big step towards sending astronauts into space from American soil by issuing SpaceX its first mission order to launch astronauts into orbit. The new order is the second in a series of guaranteed orders that NASA will make for the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contracts. Boeing was the first company to receive one of these 54

November 23, 2015 12:28 PM SpaceX gets mission to take NASA crew to space station

NASA said it took a "significant step" on Friday after it contracted SpaceX, a private aerospace company, to launch astronauts from the US soil to the worldwide Space Station or ISS. Boeing received its first official order in May, six months before SpaceX got one. NASA has confirmed that SpaceX, the private space company, will be granted a contract 82

November 21, 2015 7:45 AM NASA Upgrades Orion Thermal Protection System for Future manned Missions to Deep Space

NASA is shielding its Orion spacecraft that is aimed to carry humans to deep-space through the 'harshest set of conditions yet'. The deep-space spacecraft is being shielded with a new silver heat shield to protect it from electric charges during the almost 40, 000 kph return velocities from the vicinity of the Moon. The space agency reported that its latest 76

November 21, 2015 12:21 AM NASA images: A day on Pluto, a day on Charon

This time-lapse "movie" of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, was recently shot at record-setting distances with the Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. The movie was made over about ... New color images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft show two very different faces of the mysterious dwarf planet, one with a series 60

November 20, 2015 8:20 PM Newest Pluto pics show day in life of dwarf planet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's newest Pluto pictures depict an entire day on the dwarf planet. The space agency released a series of 10 close-ups of the frosty, faraway world Friday, representing one full rotation, or Pluto day. A Pluto day is equivalent to 6.4 Earth days. The New Horizons spacecraft snapped the pictures as it zoomed past Pluto in an unprecedented 37

November 20, 2015 7:13 PM Professor, Wife Convicted of Fraud in $700,000 NASA Contract

A Pennsylvania university professor and his wife have been convicted of defrauding NASA by letting graduate students and researchers do all the work on a $700,000 project. The Morning Call of Allentown reports ( that Lehigh University engineering professor Yujie (yew-jee) Ding and his wife, Yuliya (yewl-ya) Zotova, told NASA that their 33

November 17, 2015 10:51 PM The week's must-see Houston concerts

My Jerusalem: Indie rock. 7 p.m. at the Nightingale Room, 308 Main; 832-968-3370. Whitey Morgan: Texas country. With Tony Martinez. 9 p.m. at Firehouse Saloon, 5930 U.S. 59 S.; 713-977-1962. Bri Bagwell: Texas country. With Saints Eleven. 9 p.m. at Firehouse Saloon, 5930 U.S. 59 S.; 713-977-1962. Tawn Peron: R&B classics and more. 8 p.m. at Phil & Derek's 43

November 17, 2015 5:57 PM Michigan 'unmistakable' in amazing photo from space

From up above and in the middle of the night, the Mitten state looks pretty amazing. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted a photo Monday morning of the Great Lakes region from about 250 miles up -- aboard the International Space Station. Kelly, 51, has been aboard the International Space Station since March 2015 and had recently broken a record for most days spent 26

November 17, 2015 9:00 AM NASA 'Wins The Internet' By Giving Surprise Interview To Young Boy

"If I was a reporter right now, I'd probably write a story about if NASA was going to launch a new rocket into space. I'd start by going to the director of NASA. Then I'd ask him about his rockets. And if any of them were going to space,” he added. "We *are* going to launch a new rocket into space!" the space agency's official account said on the Facebook 22

November 17, 2015 12:21 AM Spacewalk snapshots show recent station EVAs

Clad in white spacesuits, astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren recently floated outside the International Space Station on a pair of spacewalks, and the duo carried cameras with them to document the excursions. NASA has released pictures from the Oct. 28 and Nov. 6 spacewalks showing Kelly and Lindgren snapping space selfies and working near the end of the space 96