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Dragon arrives at ISS
Posted: Mon, Apr 21 5:03 AM ET (0903 GMT)
Dragon about to be grappled by ISS robotic arm on CRS-3 mission (NASA) The crew of the International Space Station grappled and berthed a Dragon cargo spacecraft that arrived at the station Sunday morning. The ISS crew used the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm to grapple the Dragon spacecraft at 7:14 am EDT (1114 GMT), berthing it to the station's Harmony node nearly three hours later. The Dragon, launched by SpaceX on Friday afternoon, carries about 2,100 kilograms of cargo for the station, including experiments and other supplies for the crew. Dragon will spend four weeks attached to the station before departing with more than 1,500 kilograms of equipment and experiment results to be returned to Earth.

LADEE mission ends with lunar impact
Posted: Sat, Apr 19 7:46 AM ET (1146 GMT)
LADEE illustration (NASA) A NASA spacecraft wrapped up a several-month mission to study the Moon's dust environment by crashing into the lunar surface late Thursday. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft crashed into the lunar surface some time between 9:30 pm and 10:22 pm PDT Thursday (0430 and 0522 GMT Friday), NASA announced Friday, not giving a specific impact location other than the lunar farside. The spacecraft, launched in September, entered lunar orbit in early October on a mission to study the Moon's tenuous atmosphere and dust environment. The spacecraft also performed a test of laser communications, transmitting data at rates of up to 622 Mbps. LADEE completed its primary mission early this year and gradually lowered its orbit at it exhausted its remaining propellant. Engineers plan to refine the impact location based on spacecraft telemetry, then have NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter take images of the suspected impact site.

SpaceX launches Dragon cargo spacecraft to ISS
Posted: Fri, Apr 18 6:23 PM ET (2223 GMT)
A Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a Dragon cargo spacecraft Friday on a mission to ferry cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). The Falcon...

Astronomers discover Earth-sized planet in star's habitable zone
Posted: Fri, Apr 18 6:09 AM ET (1009 GMT)
Astronomers announced Thursday the discovery of a planet approximately the size of the Earth orbiting in the habitable zone of its star. The planet, Kepler-...

SS/L to build two JSAT satellites
Posted: Fri, Apr 18 5:48 AM ET (0948 GMT)
Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) has won a contract from a Japanese company to build two direct broadcasting satellites, the companies announced Thursday. SS/L...

Wednesday, April 23
Pentagon Undecided on Future Path for Space Systems
National Defense Magazine — 5:51 am ET (0951 GMT)
NASA's Ambitious Plan To Send Humans To Mars
WWNO-FM New Orleans — 5:45 am ET (0945 GMT)
Rocket testing program launched at Stennis Space Center
New Orleans Times-Picayune — 5:44 am ET (0944 GMT)
Mars, Curiosity rover focus of April Earth and Space Open House
Arizona State Univ. — 5:43 am ET (0943 GMT)
SpaceX Brings a Booster Safely Back to Earth
Technology Review — 5:42 am ET (0942 GMT)
Apollo 13's Fred Haise recounts 'blessed career'
Decatur (IL) Herald and Review — 5:39 am ET (0939 GMT)
Back off, Jon Stewart: Space-travel bill is no joke
Arizona Republic — 5:37 am ET (0937 GMT)
Dan Walters: SpaceX tax break reveals lack of consistency
Sacramento Bee — 5:35 am ET (0935 GMT)
BSNL to get satellite fee waiver for link in strategic areas
The Economic Times (India) — 5:32 am ET (0932 GMT)
Scott Trappe: Ball State helps keep astronauts healthy
Muncie (IN) Star Press — 5:27 am ET (0927 GMT)
ESA’s weightless plants fly on a Dragon
ESA — 5:24 am ET (0924 GMT)
Could Saturn’s moon hold life?
Cosmos Magazine — 5:20 am ET (0920 GMT)
NASA Chief Lays Out Role for Private Firms in Manned Mars Missions
Wall Street Journal — 5:18 am ET (0918 GMT)
NASA's relationship with Russia mostly unchanged
Spaceflight Now — 5:12 am ET (0912 GMT)
Next Orbital Sciences resupply mission slips to June
Spaceflight Now — 5:12 am ET (0912 GMT)
NASA’s Extended Science Missions in Peril
Air & Space — 5:09 am ET (0909 GMT)

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