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Dragon At International Space Station With Treasure Trove of Science

International Space Station

[Dragon Arrives With Treasure Trove of Science – NASA.gov – 03.03.13 – http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition34/dragon_arrives.html] The International Space Station welcomed its second contracted cargo delivery flight Sunday with the arrival of the SpaceX Dragon carrying a treasure trove of science cargo, hardware and supplies for the Expedition 34 crew. Controlling the 57.7-foot Canadarm2 from a robotics workstation inside the station’s cupola, Commander Kevin Ford, with assistance from

SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon to Launch on Friday

International Space Station

[NASA.gov – All is “Go” for Friday Morning’s Launch – Thu, 28 Feb 2013 04:51:00 PM EST – http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/living/launch/crs_rss_feed_collection_archive_1.html] “We’re about to launch and we’re happy to be here,” said Mike Suffredini, NASA program manager for International Space Station at Johnson Space Center, as he kicked off the Falcon 9 prelaunch press conference. “Quite a bit of work has been done by the SpaceX and

NASA Researchers Studying Advanced Nuclear Rocket Technologies

Artist's Depiction of Nuclear Thermal Rocket

(NASA.gov – 01.09.13) A nuclear rocket engine uses a nuclear reactor to heat hydrogen to very high temperatures, which expands through a nozzle to generate thrust. Nuclear rocket engines generate higher thrust and are more than twice as efficient as conventional chemical rocket engines. Advanced propulsion researchers at NASA are a step closer to solving the challenge of safely sending human explorers to Mars and

Researchers Identify Water Rich Meteorite Linked To Mars Crust

Mars

(NASA – 1.3.13 – http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mars/news/mars20130103.html) NASA-funded researchers analyzing a small meteorite that may be the first discovered from the Martian surface or crust have found it contains 10 times more water than other Martian meteorites from unknown origins. This new class of meteorite was found in 2011 in the Sahara Desert. Designated Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034, and nicknamed “Black Beauty,” it weighs approximately 11 ounces