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NASA to light fire on orbiting space craft

In what might sound like a rather frightening first, NASA plans to set fire in a spacecraft in orbit. Scheduled for May, the Spacecraft Fire Experiment-I (Saffire-I) will take place aboard an unmanned Cygnus cargo ship after it completes its resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The purpose of this controlled pyrotechnic experiment is a better understanding of large-scale fires in zero gravity and improving spacecraft design safety.Read More

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Dawn marks its one-year anniversary orbiting Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft recently marked its one-year anniversary of becoming the first man-made object to enter orbit around a dwarf planet. Join us as we take a look at the spacecraft's many achievements in shedding light on what had previously been a little known member of our solar system, Ceres.
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Mercury's dark secret

NASA's MEcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging spacecraft (MESSENGER) may have burned up last year, but the data it gathered before its demise is still being put to good use. Scientists have used the information to reveal the secret behind the dark appearance of Mercury's surface, with the results partially contradicting a recently proposed theory on the matter.Read More

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Spacecraft zooms in on lonely Ceres mountain

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has succeeded in capturing the most detailed views to date of the solitary mountain nicknamed Ahuna Mons, discovered on the dwarf planet Ceres. The images that were captured by Dawn in December 2015 will hopefully help shed light on some of the many mysteries surrounding the mountain, including its as-of-yet unknown creation process.Read More

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Orion's solar panels readied for Moon mission

When NASA's Orion capsule made its maiden flight in 2014, it was easy to forget that only half of the spacecraft actually went into orbit. A dummy version of the European Service Module (ESM), which is still undergoing development, sat behind the the unmanned capsule as it lifted off from Cape Canaveral. That development has just passed a major milestone according to the main contractor, Airbus Defence and Space, with a model of the ESM's solar array performing "flawlessly" in a deployment test this week.Read More

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NASA green-lights supersonic passenger plane project

NASA is moving ahead with its new X-planes program by awarding its first contract to design a prototype "low-boom" supersonic passenger jet. At a ceremony today at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced that a team led by Lockheed Martin will develop the preliminary designs for a demonstration aircraft.Read More

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