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Apollo 11 landing site, with lower reflectance blast zone (LR-BZ) and higher reflectance blast zone (HR-BZ) outlined. Credit: NASA/LROC/ASU


Orbital Sciences unpiloted Cygnus capsule successfully rendezvoused with the International Space Station early Sunday, signaling the Dulles, Va., firm is prepared to shoulder future re-supply responsibilities for the six person orbiting laboratory.

Astronauts Luca Parmitano and Karen Nyberg, of the European Space Agency and NASA, grappled Cygnus with the station’s Canadian robot arm as it moved within 12 meters of the station at 7 a.m., EDT. They maneuvered the capsule, with its 1,543 pound cargo of crew provisions and research gear, to the station’s U. S. segment Harmony module at 8:44 a.m., EDT, where it will remain berthed for about 30 days.


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A New Horizons Message Initiative is underway in the hopes of persuading NASA to upload a crowd-sourced message to the New Horizons probe that’s now outbound to Pluto.

Based on bandwidth and the spacecraft’s onboard computers, the intent is to send pictures and sounds as was done on the Voyager Record – but this time, upload content long distance to the New Horizons probe.


S3’s SOAR shuttle concept would be launched from a Zero-G certified Airbus A300. Credit: S3



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