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NASA will back Boeing, SpaceX andSierra Nevada with $1.1 billion during a third round of commercial crew space transportation development, top space agency officials announced on Friday.

Started in 2008, the NASA-private sector partnership is intended to establish a commercially competitive U. S. human space launch capability by 2017, though the three companies hope to accelerate the date by as much as two years.

NASA has relied on three passenger Russian Soyuz capsules for crew missions to the International Space Station since the U S. space shuttle fleet was retired in mid-2011.

Boeing’s CST-100, the SpaceX Dragon and Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser would...

The United States remains the overall leader in space competitiveness, as measured against 14 other global powers, but its relative position has declined for a fifth straight year, as other countries enhance their capabilities, according to a new assessment from the Futron Corp., Futron’s 2012 Space Competitive Index: A Comparative Analysis of how Countries Invest in and Benefit from Space Industry.

The Bethesda, Md., based space consulting group found the U. S.slipping as it undergoes a major transitions in the field, particularly in human spaceflight, amid uncertainty over its long-term space priorities.

China, Japan, Russia and India,...

PASADENA, Calif. – NASA’s en route Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) has begun to feel the tug of gravity of the red planet.

The MSL’s Curiosity rover is set to touch down on Mars at 10:31 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 PDT (1:31 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6 EDT).

That’s the official time a signal confirming safe landing could reach Earth, MSL officials said here today. But give it about an extra minute given possible...

This image was taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) of Mars Express. It is color-coded based on a digital terrain model derived from stereo image data.Credits: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission carrying the one-ton Curiosity rover is on target to land on the red planet at 10:31 p.m. PDT on Sunday, Aug. 5 (1:31 a.m. EDT, 0531 GMT on Aug...

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Friday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world.  NASA nears major Mars moments. A report from NASA’s Mars Program Planning Group shaping future...

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Thursday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. Russia’s Progress 48 re-supply mission achieves an accelerated trip to the International Space...

Russian Re-supply Mission Cuts Two Day Space Station Journey to Six Hours. Photo Credit/NASA TV

Russia achieved an International Space Station first on Wednesday, launching and docking the Progress 48 re-supply mission within six hours.

A similar test of a Soyuz crew transport with three passengers aboard is perhaps a year or more away.

The Soyuz...

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Wednesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world.  NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission landing continues to draw global focus as an Aug. 6 landing...

 

New York City's Times Square, 2009. Photo Credit/Times Square Cam

 

New York City’s Times Square will broadcast live coverage on the big outdoor Toshiba Vision screen  as NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover attempts to land on the Red Planet early Aug. 6.

The towering screen will come to life with NASA mission coverage on Aug. 5 at 11:30 p.m. EDT,...

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Tuesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity rover is barreling toward a landing on the red planet early...

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