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Frederick  ”C. J.”  Sturckow, a four time space shuttle commander and pilot, has become the first from NASA’s astronaut corps to join Virgin Galactic as a test pilot for SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft operations, the emerging commercial suborbital passenger launch service announced Tuesday.

Rick "C. J." Sturckow, commander of...


Now ranked as the most innovative place to work within the U. S. federal government, NASA on Sunday marked the 52nd anniversary of the first American spaceflight.

Mercury Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Photo Credit/NASA

On May 5, 1961, NASA astronaut Alan B. Shepard lifted off from Cape  Canaveral, Fla., aboard the Mercury capsule he christened Freedom 7 at 9:34 a....

NASA's next Mars mission - the MAVEN orbiter. Credit: NASA/LASP

If you want to be outbound and onboard NASA’s next mission to Mars – better hurry.

NASA is inviting members of the public to submit their names and a personal message online for a DVD to be carried aboard a spacecraft that will study the Martian upper atmosphere.

The DVD will be in NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN)...


NASA has signed a $424 million contract extension with Roscosmos, the Russian federal space agency, to assure the launch and return of U. S., European, Japanese and Canadian astronauts to and from the International Space Station aboard Soyuz spacecraft through 2017, while Congress and the White House debate funding levels for the space agency’s Commercial Crew Program initiative.

The three-year-old initiative, intended to restore a U. S. astronaut launch capability lost with the shuttle fleet’s retirement in mid-2011, originally aimed for a 2015 startup.

That startup target has slipped to 2017. It could slide further, if Congress fails to provide the $821 million...


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