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NASA Launches New Climate Mission to Study Ocean, Atmosphere
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Editor’s note: This release was updated Feb. 12, 2024, to correct the PACE mission’s full name. NASA’s satellite mission to study ocean health, air quality, and the effects of a changing climate for the benefit of humanity launched successfully into orbit…

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NOAA’s GOES-U Arrives in Florida for Processing Ahead of Launch
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The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite U (GOES-U), the fourth and final weather-observing and environmental monitoring satellite in NOAA’s GOES-R Series, is now in Florida. The satellite landed on Tuesday, Jan. 23, in a United States Air Force C-5M Super Galaxy…

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NASA, DOD Seek Universities to Develop CubeSats for Launch 
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NASA is collaborating with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force to offer a set of hands-on learning engagements that will help higher education institutions, faculty, and students learn more about what it takes to build small satellites and…

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Kennedy Space Center Looks Ahead to a Busy Year in 2024
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Another jam-packed year is in store for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as the momentum of a busy 2023 is carried forward into the new year. On the horizon are missions to the Moon, more crew and cargo flights…

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NASA Provides Update on Venture-Class Launch Services
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NASA currently is working with several commercial companies as part of the agency’s VADR (Venture-Class Acquisition of Dedicated and Rideshare) launch services contract, providing new opportunities for science, and technology payloads. These include: Building on NASA’s previous procurement efforts to…

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Processing PACE Continues for Launch in Early 2024
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Engineers are executing a comprehensive performance test to ensure the PACE spacecraft is ready for launch. NASA’s Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission will study what makes Earth so different from every other planet we study: life itself. PACE…

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NASA’s Educational CubeSats: Small Satellites, Big Impact
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Despite their small size, the satellites launching through NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) missions have a big impact, creating access to space for many who might not otherwise have the opportunity. One recent mission tells the story of four teams…

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NASA’s Launch Services Program Selects New Launch Director
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NASA has named Denton Gibson launch director for the Launch Services Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Gibson fills a position made available with the recent retirement of former senior Launch Director Omar Baez. Denton will join senior…

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Launching to a Metal-Rich Asteroid
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NASA’s Psyche spacecraft launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This image captures the beginning of the spacecraft’s journey to a metal-rich asteroid of the same name. The…

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NASA’s Psyche Spacecraft, Optical Comms Demo En Route to Asteroid
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NASA’s Psyche spacecraft is on its voyage to an asteroid of the same name, a metal-rich world that could tell us more about the formation of rocky planets. Psyche successfully launched 10:19 a.m. EDT Friday aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy…

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Preparing Psyche for Launch
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A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket with the Psyche spacecraft onboard is seen as it is rolled out of the horizontal integration facility on Oct. 10, 2023, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as preparations continue for the Psyche mission.…

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Journey to a Metal-Rich World: NASA’s Psyche Is Ready to Launch
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Editor’s note: This story was updated on Oct. 12, 2023, with a new target launch date. The spacecraft is targeting an Oct. 13 liftoff atop a Falcon Heavy rocket. Its destination, a metal-rich asteroid, may tell us more about how planets form.…

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5 Things to Know About NASA’s Deep Space Optical Communications
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Editor’s note: This story was updated on Oct. 12, 2023, with a new target launch date. Slated to launch on Oct. 13 with the Psyche mission, DSOC will demonstrate technologies enabling the agency to transmit higher data rates from deep space. NASA’s…

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6 Things to Know About NASA’s Asteroid-Exploring Psyche Mission
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Editor’s note: This story was updated on Oct. 12, 2023, with a new target launch date. The first-ever mission to study a metal-rich asteroid, Psyche aims to help scientists learn more about the formation of rocky bodies in our solar system. With…

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NASA Sets Coverage for Psyche Spacecraft Launch to Metal World
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Editor’s note: This advisory was updated on Oct. 11, 2023 with a new target launch date. Editor’s note: This advisory was updated on Oct. 11, 2023, to reflect coverage on NASA TV’s public channel for Thursday, Oct. 12 NASA will…

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