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What is Orbital Sciences?

NASA pays it billions. Its rockets sport mythical names like Minotaur and Pegasus. And its $2 billion deal to resupply the International Space Station had gone well—until this week.

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NASA's Wallops flight facility completes initial assessment after Orbital launch mishap

The Wallops Incident Response Team completed today an initial assessment of Wallops Island, Virginia, following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science Corp.'s Antares rocket shortly after ...

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Asteroid in a Bag? Bag it, Says MIT Space Scientist

NASA's next great manned mission has always sounded like something of a fever dream. There may be a better way to do the same work.

16 hours ago from TIME

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LRO spacecraft captures images of LADEE's impact crater

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has spied a new crater on the lunar surface; one made from the impact of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission.

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Earth's blue beauty glimpsed from far side of the moon

China's Chang'e 5-T1 spacecraft captures a stunning image of our planet hanging in space next to the looming moon as it heads back home

15 hours ago from Newscientist

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NASA image: Sunrise from the International Space Station

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman posted this image of a sunrise, captured from the International Space Station, to social media on Oct. 29, 2014. Wiseman wrote, "Not every day is easy. Yesterday ...

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Human spaceflight: Find asteroids to get to Mars

Asteroid retrieval is a distraction, says Richard P. Binzel. Better steps to interplanetary travel abound.

Wed 29 Oct 14 from Nature News

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Is space tourism safe or do civilians risk health effects?

Several companies are developing spacecraft designed to take ordinary citizens, not astronauts, on short trips into space. "Space tourism" and short periods of weightlessness appear to be safe ...

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Russian rocket engines suspected in launch blast

Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of determining why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies ...

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Steering ESA satellites clear of space debris

Improved collision warnings for its Earth observation missions means ESA controllers can now take more efficient evasive action when satellites are threatened by space junk.

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