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 STS-122
Atlantis Crew on Target for December Mission
The STS-122 crew arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for its full launch dress rehearsal, known as the terminal countdown demonstration test or TCDT.
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Expedition 16
Commander Peggy Whitson leads the Expedition 16 crew.
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Dawn Begins Its Mission to the Asteroid Belt
Dawn, the first spacecraft ever planned to orbit two different bodies after leaving Earth, will orbit Vesta and Ceres, two of the largest asteroids in the solar system.
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Phoenix Mars Lander
The Phoenix Mars Lander is headed for the Martian arctic.
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Constellation and the Vision for Space Exploration: NASA's Future
A new generation of spacecraft will carry humans to the moon, Mars and beyond.
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Dawn launched in September, becoming the first spacecraft ever planned to orbit two different bodies after leaving Earth. The spacecraft will orbit Vesta and Ceres, two of the largest asteroids in the solar system.
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