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  • SpaceX Releases Falcon 9 First Stage Reentry Footage from Chase Plane

SpaceX has released a video from the July 14th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying six ORBCOM satellites showing the first stage reentry from a chase plane.

According to SpaceX the rocket's first stage reentered Earth's atmosphere and soft landed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Towards the end of the video, the camera operator attempted to zoom in and unfortunately lost sight of the stage and was unable to capture the tip over into the water.

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  • NASA Is Working On A Warp Drive Ship And The Pictures Are Amazing

It seems like something out of Star Trek, but a team at NASA is hard at work on developing real warp drive (or faster-than-light travel), and artist renderings of the proposed ship look stunning.

In 2010, Dr. Harold “Sonny” White revealed that he, along with a team at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, are hard at work on developing a functional warp drive. After collaborating with artist Mark Rademaker, White was able to show what a possible warp drive ship may look like (Rademaker’s images are viewable...

  • Olympic Torch Launches Into Orbit with New Space Station Crew

A torch for the 2014 Sochi Olympics lifted off for the International Space Station on Wednesday night (Nov. 6), accompanied by three new crew members for the orbiting outpost.

Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata...

  • SpaceShipTwo Slated for Next Test Flight

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, a six-passenger, two-pilot suborbital spacecraft, is expected to make its third powered test flight within a month, said the company’s chief executive George Whitesides.

So far, about 650 customers have put down deposits or...

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  • 'Ender's Game' Film Got Zero Gravity Tips from Real-Life Astronaut

The minds behind the movie “Ender’s Game” had a little help bringing their version of the beloved science-fiction book by Orson Scott Card to life.

“Ender’s Game” focuses on the life of the gifted child, Ender Wiggin, a boy recruited to leave Earth and head...

  • US astronaut Karen Nyberg tweeted this striking photo of storm clouds above Ghana as seen from the International Space Station.on October 8, 2013. Credit: Karen Nyberg/NASA
  • NASA Shutdown Unleashes Beautiful Astronaut Photos on Twitter

Despite the two-week old  government shutdown and NASA’s official online presence going completely dark, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have still been tweeting away and sharing some pretty spectacular snapshots. During the shutdown, NASA has kept Mission Control lights on at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, making sure that all communication lines are kept open with the international orbiting laboratory and that its six crew members are kept safe.  U.S. ISS astronauts Karen Nyberg  (@AstroKarenN) and Mike Hopkins (@AstroIllini) have kept mum on the government...

  • SpaceX Dragon launch
  • Giant Leaps for Space Firms Orbital, SpaceX

A successful launch and a separate in-orbit rendezvous on Sunday, both funded largely with corporate dollars, are accelerating what amounts to the privatization of NASA’s current human spaceflight efforts.

Orbital Sciences Corp. became the second commercial entity to send a...

  • Cygnus Launch
  • Software, vehicle congestion delay Cygnus docking at Space Station

A slight glitch means docking is on hold until after new crew arrives on Soyuz.

After an apparently flawless launch last week, Orbital Sciences' Cygnus capsule was supposed to have docked on the International Space Station over the weekend. It didn't happen. Apparently, some of the data being sent down to Earth from the vehicle wasn't formatted properly, and it took a couple of days to devise a fix and get it in place. The delay pushed the window for docking too close to the arrival of a new crew, set to lift off from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Wednesday afternoon (Eastern US time)....

  • ISS Crossing the Orlando Skyline

Have you ever looked up on a clear night sky and wonder where the ISS might be? If so, there’s a website for that.

NASA has made it easier for observers to sign up for email alerts or text messages whenever the space station may be visible overhead. Because of the enormous size of the space station - its large solar arrays span the area of a U.S. football field, including the end zones, and weighs 892,981 pounds - it’s the third brightest object in the sky. At altitude, which ranges from 220-250 miles, it can appear to be a moving star. Keep in mind the ISS has no blinking lights...

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