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Orbital Sciences Corp. launched the Antares rocket from a Virginia launch complex Sunday evening, successfully carrying out a near 19 minute orbital test light that positions the Dulles, Va., based company to become the second U. S. commercial provider of supplies to the six-person International Space Station.

Orbital Sciences Corp. scores a...

China's Shenzhou 10 piloted spacecraft shipped to launch site. Credit: CMSE

China is readying its next human spaceflight mission – Shenzhou -10. That three-person craft is headed toward an early June liftoff from the country’s launch center in Jiuquan, Gansu province.

According to Chinese space officials, the piloted...

Three NASA shuttle-era astronauts, two of them women, were inducted into the U. S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Those honored in ceremonies at the Hall, close to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla., included Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot and command a shuttle mission; Curt Brown, who served as the commander or pilot of six shuttle missions, and Bonnie Dunbar, a shuttle mission specialist and bio-medical engineer who launched aboard five shuttle flights.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was among those who greeted and honored the hall’s newest members.



The Hubble Space Telescope, a successful collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency, will mark its 23rd anniversary in Earth orbit on Wednesday, April 24th.

In celebration the partnership, along with the Space Telescope Science Institute and other organizations associated with the space observatory, has released an image of the iconic Horsehead Nebula, a gigantic cloud of dust and gas 1,500 light years distant in the constellation Orion.



This artist's illustration compares the relative sizes of Kepler's habitable zone planet discoveries to date, with a photo of the Earth on the right. Left to right: Kepler 22-b, Kepler 69-c, Kepler 62-e, Kepler 62-f, then Earth. Image and photo credit/NASA

Launched four year ago, NASA’s Kepler space telescope is narrowing...


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