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Video Gives Astronaut’s-Eye View Inside NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

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Dec 19, 2014

New video recorded during the return of NASA’s Orion through Earth’s atmosphere this month provides a taste of the intense conditions the spacecraft and the astronauts it carries will endure when they return from deep space destinations on the journey to Mars. Read full story.

SpaceX Completes First Milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation System

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Dec 19, 2014

NASA has approved the completion of SpaceX’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station (ISS) from U.S. soil under a Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract with the agency. Read full story.

NASA, Planetary Scientists Find Meteoritic Evidence of Mars Water Reservoir

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Dec 18, 2014

NASA and an international team of planetary scientists have found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or ice near its surface. Read full story.

NASA’s Orion Arrives Back at Kennedy, Media Invited to View Spacecraft

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Dec 18, 2014

After traveling more than 3,600 miles above Earth and 600 miles over sea, NASA’s Orion spacecraft completed the final leg of its journey by land Thursday, arriving home at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Media representatives are invited to attend an event at 10:30 a.m. EDT Friday, Dec. 19, marking the arrival. Read full story.

NASA’s Kepler Reborn, Makes First Exoplanet Find of New Mission

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Dec 18, 2014

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using its new mission -- K2. Read full story.

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ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/18/14

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Dec 18, 2014

SpaceX-5 Launch Status:  SpaceX-5 launch has been delayed until January 6, 2015.  All of the preparatory activities to support SpaceX-5 berth are being replanned. Biolab:  Wilmore and Cristoforetti inspected and performed troubleshooting for the Biolab Handling Mechanism (HM) incubator access door.  The door slot was checked for potential debris and closeout pictures were taken. Additional […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/17/14

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Dec 17, 2014

SpaceX-5 Launch Status:  The static test fire scheduled yesterday was started, but aborted shortly after engine ignition.  SpaceX is currently evaluating any impacts to the schedule. Robonaut:  Virts reviewed a Robonaut video in preparation for upcoming operations.  This was the first time motor power was applied to Robonaut following the addition of the legs and […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/16/14

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Dec 16, 2014

3D printing in Zero G:  Wilmore removed the final print coupon from the 3D Printer, concluding the objectives of the 3D printing in Zero G demonstration.  Crew then removed the 3D printing equipment from the Microgravity Glove Box (MSG) and stowed the unit. The 3-D Printing in Zero-G technology demonstration experiment will show that a […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/15/14

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Dec 15, 2014

Flame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX)-2:  Virts removed alignment guides to prepare the Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) for FLEX-2 Binary-Droplet Array test points.  FLEX-2 uses small droplets of fuel to study the special burning characteristics of fire in space. The FLEX-2 experiment studies the rate and manner in which fuel is burned, the conditions that are necessary […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/12/14

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Dec 12, 2014

Cardio Ox:  Virts setup and configured ultrasound hardware and acted as Crew Medical Officer (CMO) to support Cristoforetti’s flight day 15 Cardio Ox session.  With guidance from the Cardio Ox ground team, ultrasound scans and blood pressure measurements were performed on Cristoforetti.  The objective of Cardio Ox is to determine whether biological markers of oxidative […] Read full story.